About Sam Merrifield

photo of Sam Merrifield

Sam Merrifield spent many years serving the Essendon community. He was an ALP member of the ‎Legislative Assembly for Essendon from 1943-1955, later he was a member of the Legislative Council ‎for the seat of Doutta Galla. After retiring in 1970 he gave his time to the Essendon Historical Society; ‎‎ he also had a 22 year association with the Essendon District Football League. Following his death on ‎the 30th August, 1982, the Essendon Library was renamed in his honour and became the Sam Merrifield ‎Library which now houses the Local History Collection for the area and resources for family history ‎researchers.‎


Ray Gibb said...

Sam Merrifield certainly deserved the honour of having the library named after him. I believe he founded the Essendon Historical Society and his ANNALS OF ESSENDON AND DISTRICT was a staggering effort in the days before the internet. Bob Chalmers' Annals of recent times built on Sam's superb base.

Moonee Valley Library Services said...

All very true, Ray! Sam Merrifield made many remarkable contributions to this area and the Annals of Essendon remains one of the key tools for researching our local history. As a librarian who loves local history, I'm very pleased to be working in a library named after Sam Merrifield, and one day I hope to make time to view his archive at the State Library of Victoria, which I'm sure would be fascinating. Julia (Info Services and Local History Librarian).