Samuel Edward Moore

1 October 1803 – 4 July 1849

Samuel Edward Moore was born in 1803 in Londonderry (Derry), Ireland, the younger brother of George Fletcher Moore. He began his working life in manufacturing but this failed due to the heavy duties placed on Irish glass. He was made a freeman of the city of Derry in 1827 and began trading in farm produce.

Moore married Dora Mary Jane “Dorothy” Dalgety in 1832. They came to the Swan River Colony following his brother’s favourable reports about opportunities available in the new settlement. They arrived on the Quebec Trader in April 1834.  For a number of months, the couple stayed with Samuel’s older brother on his land grant along the Swan. Gradually Samuel Moore purchased his own land in the same district, together with town lots in Perth and Fremantle. He was known as a “progressive agriculturalist” and “business man”, owning stores and importing agencies. He had his own river barges used to convey goods between Fremantle, Perth and Guildford, returning with produce from the Swan region and the hinterland.

Samuel was Chairman of the Western Australian Bank in its foundation year, 1841; Director of the Agricultural Society; a committee member of both the Western Australian Mining Company and a steamship company. In 1841, he leased Garden Island, and the Guildford Steam Mill in 1844.

Moore and his wife had six children and in the 1840s, he took up a grant of 780 acres (3.2 km2) in the northern part of the suburb, now known as Karrinyup.

1848 was a mixed year for Moore, he was beset by bad debts, family illness, poor crops, and, in August the ship Vixen, used to ship his produce, was wrecked. He was, however appointed to one of four non-official nominee positions on the Legislative Council, a position he held until his death in July 1849 at the age of 49.

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