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Sam Russell’s Wollongong hotel from “Sketches of Australian Scenes” by J.G. Sawkins; The Royal Marine Hotel later bacame part of St Mary’s Convent. The original temporary St Michael’s Church of England (built 1847, demolished 1857) is at the left and in the foreground is the lagoon which for many years was Wollongong’s fresh water supply.
By MICK ROBERTS ©
SAM Russell just wasn’t cut out to be a businessman. To be fair, he had to struggle through the economic depression of the 1840s, but the fact remains Lady Luck just wasn’t on the merchant’s side when it came to running a business.
Sam arrived in Tasmania from England as a single 30-year-old immigrant on the ship Hope in 1824. He eventually made his way to Sydney where he married Mary Croaker at St Phillips Church of England in 1830 and went about the task of setting himself up in…
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