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Samuel Eugene (Sam) Deed (1858–1931)

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This entry is from Obituaries Australia

The death is reported from Peterborough of Mr. Sam Deed, miner, poet. One of the pioneers of Broken Hill, and one of its most lovable personalities at the age of 72 years.

Mr. Deed was born at 'Black Forest,' South Australia, and what little schooling he had was obtained at a Church of England School. He went to work at the age of 12 years, and was engaged in gardening, farming, and stock riding up till the discovery of Broken Hill where he went in 1886. His first work there was driving a team of bullocks carting coke from Cockburn to Broken Hill, for the Proprietary Company. He relinquished this work to go prospecting, but was not one of the lucky ones. For many years he worked on the line of lode, principally at the Proprietary mine. A miner for 40 years, his career included four years as check inspector for the A.M.A. (now the W.I.U.). Mr. Deed was connected with many mines at Broken Hill and elsewhere, and on one occasion said: ''I own enough scrip to paper the walls of a house." Recently Mr. Deed was engaged in prospecting near Peterborough.

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  • tribute, Times and Northern Advertiser (Peterborough, SA), 3 July 1931, p 2

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'Deed, Samuel Eugene (Sam) (1858–1931)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 13 June 2024.

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14 April, 1858
Black Forest, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia


20 June, 1931 (aged 73)
Peterborough, South Australia, Australia

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