The way we were

The way we were – Farm labourers in this undated photo bundle stooks of hay at Shaw’s Field on Culham Estate. The land was owned by Toodyay pioneer Samuel Pole Phillips who formed a business partnership with Edward Hamersley dating back to 1839. They bred and sold horses, with Edward organising the business from Guildford while Samuel reared the horses at Culham, which was named after his English family home on the River Thames. Son Samuel James Phillips – commonly known as ‘Squire’ Phillips – later took over managing the property and became heavily involved in local community affairs, including as MP for the seat of Irwin from 1890-1904. He was also associated with other influential families in the colony through marriage and business interests. Photo: Newcastle Gaol Museum.