William Sammels genealogy

William Sammels

My paternal grandfather, William Thomas Sammels was born in Cornwall on 5 April 1893. He was one of the five children of Frederick Sammels and Clara Doney.

William had various jobs in Cornwall, from stable hand, labourer and fishmonger. He met Emily Chowings when they respectively worked as a stable hand/groom and nanny in Burrington Manor in Cornwall. He signed up for service and was a Gunner in the Royal Garrison Artillery (British) serving in Egypt, France and Belgium in World War One. He suffered from acute trench fever in the war and almost died from it and was sent to Ireland recuperate. Returning to Cornwall after the war, he trained polo ponies and he and Emily became engaged. William married Emily on 6 or 7 January 1922 in Pennycross, Devon. At the time of their marriage, William had a fish round and were considering if they would start a fish shop. Before this could occur, word came through that they were accepted on the Group Settler scheme in Australia. On 17 March 1922, they departed from London on the RMS Ormuz bound for Australia (Fremantle, Western Australia). I've found a site with all of the transcripts of British migrants during this period, and the Ormuz is listed here (pay to view site). My grandparents are listed on p8 of the 17 March 1922 transcript as W & E Samuels, passengers 714 and 715. They have a registered address of Burrington, Crownhill, Plymouth. According to this register there were 793 passengers on the ship; 701 adults, 88 children (1-12) and 4 infants. The ship traveled via the Suez Canal to Australia.

William and Emily landed in Fremantle on 22 April 1922. Women and men were apparently segregated into separate bunk style sections of the ship with little or no privacy during the voyage. I'm unsure of the chances, but 213 days (30 weeks) after landing my Aunt Ivy Mabel Veronica was born (25 November 1922). In all possibility, Emily was pregnant when she stepped onto the ship - what a wonderful voyage, sea and morning sickness!

Stepping back a bit, Emily and William worked temporarily at the Flying Angel Club in Fremantle prior to relocating to Margaret River. William moved down and took possession of their land in November 1922, just before the birth of Ivy Mabel Veronica. Emily joined William on their land just over a month later, after the birth of their first child. William and Emily were part of the Group Settler Scheme set up by the Western Australian government to encourage expansion of the Margaret River area. According to the records at the National Archives ( Series No A786 X22/5 Part 1), William and Emily were assigned to Settlement 22 (Rosa Brook) and were allocated plot number 1914. On the archival records, plot 1914 was initially being shared by the Tracey and Marshall families. My nana told me that times were hard and when she was picked up by grandpa from Busselton after leaving hospital and traveling down there, they traveled in the horse and cart for what seemed like ages and then they all of a sudden stopped in the middle of the forest. Grandpa announced "We're here" and nana replied "Where"? Settlers were allocated a number of implements, rations and given a stipend. The major implements were to be shared amongst the settlers and a list of what was given out to each family can be found here (from the NAA). There is a memorial in Rosa Brook set up to the settlers and William is listed on this (as B Sammels - Bill).

While in Rosa Brook, two other children were born - Reginald William (17 March 1925) and Frederick Ronald (27 November 1927). The NAA records show that they resigned this plot on 11 April 1928. I believe that they then worked on the construction of the railways around Gnowangerup. They lived in a hessian tent and Emily took in 'boarders' - doing laundry and feeding single men who were working on the crews for a fee. When Emily fell pregnant with Joyce, they were re-included in another group settler post in Margaret River on 21 January 1929. Group Settlement 64 I was told was called Forest Grove, but NAA records show it as Arumvale. William and Emily, and the two children took up plot 2707. They stayed here until 1932 and had three more children - Joyce Mary (1929), Muriel Evelyn (1931) and Joan Emily (27 July 1932).

By 1933/34 they had given up on this venture and relocated back to Perth and continued to raise a growing family - Rosslyn Henry (26 September 1934) and Douglas Roy - my dad (1935). An another anecdote about William was when Emily was in hospital having one of her last children, William decided to cook rice for his kids. He put so much rice in to boil that it kept overflowing and he scooped the overflowing rice into other pots and the children's plates. At best count he ended up with four pots of rice to feed his family that night. Variously living in Welshpool, East Perth, Gosnells and East Victoria Park. Listed as a labourer, William signed up for military service on 22 November 1939 and served as a Home Guard based at Karrakatta, Swanbourne and Claremont in Western Australia. His service and casualty record has an entry dated 12 August 1944 that notes "Medical Classification - Classified as B2 (Feet Vision)... Restricted marching, unable to shoot". William served till the end of the war and was discharged from service on 28 September 1945.

Nana worked in a munitions factory during the war and pretty much financed the purchase of their house in Willis St as grandpa went about financing the Balmoral Hotel. Grandpa worked as a Marine Dealer (recycling), tending horses, digging sewerage trenches for the the Water Board and as a night watchman. They both lived there until their deaths. William died in Perth on his birthday, 5 April 1965 at the age of 72.

More on Emily Chowings

Sammels / Samuels / Samble genealogy back to 1700

Posted by Matt on April 25, 2008

Emily ChowingsThis is the research dad has done tracing the Sammels tree. Direct line ancestors are in bold.

Joseph Samble married Katherine Sundercombe 8 September 1702
NOTE : Joseph Samble was not born in Cuby or Tregony and probably married there by church arrangement . His birthplace, about 1670- 80 , is not known. Searches of the International Genealogy Index and through the Truro Records Office , Cornwall , have failed to find him in any of the parishes surrounding Saint Germans. Other Joseph Sambles of the same period have been eliminated due to known marriages to other women. Any information in this regard would be greatly appreciated [ genealogyATsammels.com ].

Richard Samble 19 October 1703
John Samble 29 May 1706
Catherine Samble 25 May 1708
Ann Samble 11 April 1710
Joseph Samble 25 February 1711
Elizebeth Samble 29 September 1714

Joseph Samuels married Charity Bennett 27 April 1736
John Samuels 11 April 1737
Elizebeth Samuels 12 March 1738
Joseph Samuels 29 September 1741
Mary Samuels 7 February 1743
Ann Samuels 31 January 1747
William Samuels 20 October 1751
Richard Samuels 23 June 1754

Joseph Samels married Mary Fermear 1 January 1784
Elizebeth Samels 1 January 1786
Mary Samels 6 January 1788
John Sambles 14 August 1790
Sarah Samels 3 April 1795

John Sammels married Ann Monk 2 October 1819
William Sammels 3 February 1822
Catherine Sammels 7 November 1824
John Sammels 4 June 1826
Sarah Ann Sammels 17 August 1828
Mary Jane Sammels 25 July 1830
Elizebeth Sammels 12 August 1832
Harriet Maria Sammels 8 June 1834
Mary Ann Sammels 28 February 1836

William Sammels Married Elizebeth Peters 31 December 1846
Sarah Sammels 4 September 1849

Sarah Sammels [unmarried]
Frederick Sammels 29 January 1868

Frederick Sammels married Clara Doney 18 April 1891
William Sammels 5 April 1893
Lily Sammels [not searched]
Mavis Sammels
Twins Auther & Frederick

William Sammels married Emily Chowings 6 January 1922

My Sammels Aunts and Uncles

Posted by Matt on April 25, 2008
Emily Chowings

This section is about my Aunts and Uncles and their families (to come).

Ivy Mabel Veronica (Veronica)
Born in Fremantle 25 November 1922 (d. Perth 22 May 1999) married Revallier (Patrick) French and had two children: Margaret and Jeffrey

Reginald William (Reg)
Born in Margaret River 17 March 1925 (d. Perth 1986) married Phyliss Alice Keene (b.1924 Melbourne) and had four children: Robert (Bobby) b.1950, Trevor b.1948, Kim b.1954 and Barry b.1957

Frederick Ronald (Ronald)
Born in Margaret River 27 November 1927, Ronald drowned at the age of eight on 13 February 1936 in Victoria Park.

Joyce Mary
Born in Margaret River 1929 married John Albert Keenan b. 26 January 1923, (d.28 January 1989) in 1948 and had four children: Michael b.1952, Dianne Lorraine b. 24 June 1953 (d. 18 January 1989), Terry b.1957 and Susan b.1961.

Muriel Evelyn
Born in Margaret River 1931 married Richard Arthur Coles b.24 July 1927 (d.22 February 1981) in 1951 and had three children: Kenny b.1952, Debbie b.1955 and Graham b.1957.

Joan Emily
Born in Perth 27 July 1932, Joan died of meningitis in West Perth on 16 February 1935 at the age of two.

Rosslyn Henry (Mick)
Born in Perth 26 September 1934 (d.10 June 1977) married Married Margaret Parker and had two children: Anne and Warren

Douglas Roy (Doug)
My dad, see below.

My part of the Sammels tree

Posted by Matt on April 25, 2008

Doug SammelsThis part is more about my father the youngest of the eight children of William and Emily, Douglas Roy and my branch of the Sammels tree.

When Doug was born, he had two living brothers and three sisters; Veronica, Reg, Joyce, Muriel and Mick. Dad grew up in Perth, Western Australia on a very long leash. Doug left school at the age of 15 and was pretty much working full time as a paper boy at the time. He had a passion for motorbikes (Triumph, Norton, BSA, etc) and Bill Haley and was a boilermaker (for a day), finally settling down and becoming a butcher.

Doug served in the Citizen Military Forces when he was sixteen by falsifying his age. Enlisting in February 1951, Doug served his time and was discharged from service in 1953. He was called up for National Service in 1955 and duly served from April 1955 to April 1960. During this time he also worked at the meat works in Wyndham and caught the travel bug, spending much of his off season time in Europe.

I know that dad spent some time in Victoria before he met my mother, but he always says that after that fateful night in Saint Kilda, he had mum chasing him. Dad says he finally gave up and on 2 May 1964 Doug Married Rhonda in Traralgon. My big sister Leanne Maree arrived on the scene in mid January 1965 when Rhonda and Doug were living in Boronia, Victoria. The times being what they were, mum stayed at home while dad continued to be a butcher.

In the late 1960's the family relocated to Perth and finally got their hands on me (or should that be the other way around?) in October 1970. Dad did his leaving and graduated to being a health inspector, while the family moved from Greenmount to Rivervale in the early 1970's. We then moved to the country, living in Harvey and Kojonup, moving back to Perth in 1980 to live in Burrendah (Willeton). Doug graduated to the public service and I went on to a number of schools, finishing up year 12 at Trinity College in 1987. I became an uncle before then when my nephew Joshua arrived in 1985 and again when Bridget came along in 1989.

After graduating from high school I blundered around with a year working at Target, then a year of university at Curtin doing a combined B.Bus. and Japanese. Hating this, I went back to work and landed a job in the public service like dad! I worked for almost seven years with the State Housing Commission and on the verge of long service decided it was time to go and study. I wanted to do law, specializing in native title and applied to UWA for entry in Arts. I enrolled in 1995 and after a year I decided that a double major in Anthropology and Archaeology was for me. I finished the undergraduate part of the degree in 1997, and went on to do one year of law. Upon hating this (common theme?), I went on to do a double Honours in Anthropology and Archaeology in 1999. A copy of my dissertation is somewhere on this server and I will link to it eventually.

During my studies, I met someone who still has a place in my heart and we traveled through Asia a fair bit. In 2000, three months into the six month trip that we were having post-honours, we ran out of money, and through contacts from my Honours supervisor, we ended up picking up work in Phnom Penh doing a gender piece for Oxfam GB's Cambodia Land Study Project. We liked the challenge of working in a developing country so we both applied for Australian Youth Ambassador positions in Phnom Penh. I scored one with Oxfam America as an IT and Data Analyst, and she got one with Oxfam HK (WAC). She also applied for a PhD at Curtin and ANU and was accepted. Needless to say she took the latter offer, while I began crunching numbers.

Having completed a year as an AYAD, and with my then partner doing her research in Cambodia, I stayed on. I worked as a consultant for a time, and you get to know what feast and famine cycles are like, and then formally joined the Womyn's Agenda for Change project late in 2002. I loved the work and the challenging intellectual environment, but all great things must end some day, and in mid 2005 I came back to Australia to help my then partner with the bills during her thesis write up. I stayed initially with development jobs, but Canberra being a PS city, found a job in the ethics section of the National Health and Medical Research Council, and I'm still there today.

In January 2010 I met someone who changed how I saw the world and my place in it. He and I have been together (although residing in separate houses - that's another story!) since mid 2010 and we have done some fabulous things together. While I'm working through the past, the future looks great and thanks to support from an increasing circle of 'family' I'm completely at ease with my life paradigm shift. My family and friends have been 100% supportive of my decision, and upon seeing how centred and at peace I am now, have welcomed him without reservation. Life is beautiful...

W & E Sammels

A photo taken in Margaret River of William and Emily Sammels some time between 1922 and 1931.

Sammels c1928

Taken in Margaret River before the arrival of Joyce ca 1928. From L-R Reg, Veronica, Emily, William and Ronald (on lap).

Sammels c1970

Photo taken at the wedding of Muriel and Richards daughter Debbie in 1973. From L-R Muriel, Joyce, Mick, Emily, Doug, Veronica and Reg.

Joan Sammels

The only known photo of Joan Emily Sammels who died from meningitis at the age of two in 1934.

Sammels c1950

Given the people in the photograph and my dads recollection, this would have been taken in the mid 1950's. L-R Emily, Mick, Barry Phyliss, Kim and Muriel.

Sammels 1971

Emily SammelsA photo of me in the arms of my nana, Emily Sammels and my sister Lee taken in Greenmount in 1971.

Sammels 1986

Sammels four generationsA photo of four generations of Sammels: Emily, Doug, Lee and my nephew Joshua taken in East Victoria Park in 1986.

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