Series 128 - Memoirs of Samuel Schumack

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Memoirs of Samuel Schumack


  • 1939 - 1941 (Creation)

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0.1 m (1 type 2 box)

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(1850 - 1940)

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Samuel Shumack was born in 1850 in County Cork, Ireland. His father, Richard Shumack was hired by George Campbell to work at Duntroon on his father Robert Campbell’s property. Shumack went to live at ‘Duntroon’ from 1856 and then at ‘Springvale’ in Weetangera from 1866 to 1940. He became a shepherd at age 16 and towards the end of his life he began to chronicle accounts of the lives of people in the Canberra-Queanbeyan region. He lived in the area until his death in 1940. His memoirs were published as Tales and Legends of Canberra Pioneers (ANU Press, 1967)

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This is a typescript version of Shumack’s memoirs which relate to the early days of Canberra. He lived at ‘Duntroon’ from 1856 and then at ‘Springvale’ in Weetangera from 1866 to 1940. There is additional material such as obituaries, copies of death notices and letters at the back of the volume relating to Shumack, other family members and John Gale (1831–1929), Queanbeyan journalist.


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National Library of Australia: MS 1643, original manuscript

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Prepared by Maggie Shapley 25 July 2007




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