The Brisbane Courier of 1st June 1909 reported “…A public meeting in connection with the Moreton Election was held at Samson Vale…under the auspices of the Samson Vale Progress Association…The meeting unanimously endorsed the candidature of Mr. W.V. Joyner, as the farmers’ representative and supporter of the present government…At a public meeting held at Terrors Creek…it was unanimously decided to support the candidature of Mr. W.V. Joyner…”
Although Joyner was unsuccessful in the by-election on 9th June 1909, his campaign advertising was rather unique.
William Henry Villiers Joyner was a grandson of William Joyner who had on 18th June 1845 purchased the Samsonvale Run from squatters, James Sibley and Joseph King, who had come in from the Darling Downs. William Joyner, who lived in Sydney, and his managing partner, William Mason, immediately took possession of the property which included 470 head of cattle. Joyner made frequent trips from Sydney. He lost his life, aged 31, on 11th March 1847 when the paddle wheeler Sovereign was wrecked on the South Passage Bar off Moreton Island. His widow Isabella, accompanied by their infant son and her mother, came to live on the Samsonvale Run.