Sir Frederick joined the Fremantle City Council in 1936. He was elected mayor unopposed in 1951 and remained unchallenged in that office until he retired 21 years later in 1972. In the early 1950s he oversaw construction of the O'Connor industrial estate, intended to provide work and housing for returned servicemen.
From 1958 onwards he campaigned to save the convict-built Fremantle lunatic asylum, which was transformed into a museum and arts centre by 1970. As a member of the Cultural Development Council, he ensured that other neglected historic buildings were restored for public use.
Samson House was built for Sir Frederick’s father, Michael Samson, who was also Lord Mayor of Fremantle. The house, which is a well-known Fremantle landmark, was completed in 1888, and was designed by Sir Talbot Hobbs.
October 1st, 11am-3pm
61 Ellen St, Fremantle (cnr Ord St)