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Samuel Prout Hill (c.1821 – 1861)

Samuel Prout Hill was born in Devonshire, England, about 1821, the son of a barrister, James Hill, and his wife Eliza. Hill emigrated to New South Wales in the early 1840s, and quickly became immersed in the cultural life of the colony; as a lecturer, librarian and committee member, Hill was associated with the Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts and various other public organisations. In 1843, Hill published Tarquin the Proud and other poems, and various other compositions appeared in the colonial press through the 1840s.

By 1849, Hill had moved to Tasmania where he married, working in various clerical positions until 1851, when he resigned and moved with his family to Victoria. Unable to secure employment in Victoria, Hill returned to Tasmania in 1852. In the late 1850s, he worked as a journalist and editor for the Hobart Mercury, and in 1861 was elected to the Tasmanian parliament. Before he could take up his seat, however, Hill died of a stroke.

A skilled painter as well as a writer, Hill's poetry was highly regarded by his contemporaries, and his lecturing and journalism made him an influential figure in mid-nineteenth century colonial Australia.

Poetry Collections
  • Tarquin the Proud and other poems Sydney D. L. Welch 1843
Suggested Further Reading
  • Harry Buckie Hill, Samuel Prout (1821-1861) Australian Dictionary of Biography Melbourne Melbourne University Press 1966 Volume 1, p. 538