Lionel Samson Buildings 31-35 Cliff St Fremantle
Original built in 1835, altered by Talbot Hobbs, ca 1899
In 1829, Lionel Samson and his brother William, sons of a London Stockbroker, stepped off the sailing ship Calista onto South Beach in Fremantle, Western Australia.
In 1829 Lionel purchased Fremantle town lots 27 and 28 in the first state land sale and elected to start a merchant liquor and general import-export business. In 1835 he secured the first liquor license in the state, which remains current today.
Today, Lionel Samson & Son is the oldest continuing family business in Australia with a range of business interests in industrial packaging, heavy woven bulk bags, flexitanks for moving liquid in containers, wine and beer wholesale distribution, and the proud owner of a major winery; Plantagenet Wines, with vineyard operations based in Mt Barker in the Great Southern of Western Australia. Its sister companies are Sadleirs Transport and Sadleirs International, national transport and international freight forwarding companies also owned by the family.