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George Thomas Simpson

Date: 7 June 1856
Place: Glebe, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Arrival in WA
Son of James Simpson, publican, and Maria Hawthorne
Marriage and Family
Married (1) 3 February 1885, St Philip’s Church, Sydney to Phoebe Theresa Bergin (born circa 1864), daughter of Adolphus and Catherine Bourke
No children
Widowed 8 September 1885
Married (2) 17 January 1890, St George’s Cathedral, Perth to Alice Feodor Sagar (born 1868 and died 9 August 1948), daughter of John Temple
Children: one daughter
Date: 7 August 1906
Place: George Street, Subiaco, Western Australia
Cemetery: Karrakatta Cemetery, WA
Church of England
Sydney Grammar School and High School, Dunedin, New Zealand
Studied for the Bar
Stockbroker, businessperson and consul
Employment History
Entered commercial life in New Zealand 1873
1878 to Gisborne, unsuccessful oil venture, then travelling superintendent NZ Grain Agency and Mercantile Co
1883 stock and sharebroker, Broken Hill, NSW
1885 storekeeper NSW
First secretary Perth Stock Exchange
Resigned to float Fraser Mine, Southern Cross, chairman of directors
Many interests in gold mines: on Board of Mining Journal and chairman Nannine Gold Mining Co – and in Cooringa Vineyard Co Ltd
Farm in south-west
1895 consul for Liberia
Opposition to Forrest Party
Date Elected
10 December 1891
Inaugural Speech
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Year Retired/Resigned
Parliamentary Service
  • MLA Geraldton 10 December 1891 (by-election)–27 June 1899 (resigned)
  • Contested Geraldton 12 July 1899 (by-election)
Bankrupt in 1899 and invalid from that year, in Perth Public Hospital, until 1903 when he became the first patient at the Home of Peace, Subiaco
D Black and G Bolton, eds, Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia: volume one 1870-1930, Parliamentary History Project, Perth, WA, 2001, p. 181.
Metropolitan Cemeteries Board website. Accessed 8 April 2015.
Further Information
R Erickson, The bicentennial dictionary of Western Australians, pre-1829-1888, Volume IV
WB Kimberly, History of West Australia. A narrative of her past, together with biographies of her leading men, FW Niven and Co, Melbourne, 1897, p. 36–37.
Western Mail, 11 August 1906.
West Australian, 8 August 1906.