Samuel Cook - the Grandfather of Green Space

New Chum, Ipswich Area

22 October 2017 - 

Indicative Rate * AU$5.00 to AU$5.00

Writing their book ‘Samuel Cook: Grandfather of Green Space’ was a two-year labour of love for Ipswich historian Pamela Lamb and her daughter Kate McMullen. They discovered this extraordinary man when they found the grave of his daughter Lady Mabel Maitland in the Waverley cemetery during a walk along Sydney’s cliffs. Strangely enough, Samuel Cook spent much of his life in Sydney’s inner west where Kate now lives with her husband and children. Exploring his story brought to life the streets and buildings around Kate’s home.

Born in 1830, Samuel came to Australia in the 1850s. He spent his entire working life with John Fairfax and Sons, including almost 20 years as General Manager. With his two wives, he raised nine children. As a member of the Congregational church he was an active philanthropist. His most significant achievement was the establishment of parks and gardens in and around Sydney.

There is an Ipswich connection in this story and Pamela urges the audience to listen carefully as there will be a prize for spotting it.

Event Dates

This event occurs once only on:
22 October 2017

Entry Costs

Entry Cost AUD Valid From Inclusions
All Tickets $5.00 - $5.00 This ticket is also admission to the Ipswich Historical Society's museum and furnished miner's cottage, open until 2.00pm. Children are free.


  • Car park
  • Non Smoking Establishment

Event Venues

Cooneana Heritage Centre
1041 Redbank Plains Road
New Chum
Queensland, Australia 4303

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