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Simpson, Henry George

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Birth Date: 1822 (Bexhill, Sussex, England)

Death Date: 30 August 1898 (Worthing, Sussex, England)

Parents: Reverend HW

Family: Eliza Lamb in South Africa in 1855

Education: Dartmouth

Religion: Church of England


Arrived in Queensland c. 1865; Appointed Commissioner of Crown Lands, North Cook, in 1866; Served as police magistrate, clerk of petty sessions and customs officer at Somerset; Formed Pearl Shell Fishery and Trading Co. in 1872; Acquired Durundur pastoral lease; Retired to England in 1883

Military Service: Began his naval career as a midshipman aboard HMS Princess Charlotte in 1840. Awarded the Syria and St Jean d'Acre campaign medal. He was a mate on HMS Harlequin on the Yangtze River in 1842 and was involved in the anti-piracy expedition to Sumatra. Appointed sublieutenant in 1843; Appointed lieutenant on 31 January 1846 and served as an officer on HMS Rattlesnake stationed in the East Indies from 1846 to 1850. Appointed surveyor at Seringapatam Depot, stationed on the Cape of Good Hope, 24 October 1854; Promoted to commander RN on 11 March 1863; Stationed in the East Indies, he undertook explorations in Australian and New Guinea waters

Parliamentary Representation:

House Party Electorate From To Elected/Departure Reason
Council NONE Legislative Council 29 Jul 1868 29 Apr 1882 Retired

Additional Information

Notes: Member, Marine Board of Queensland, 1869; Member, Central Board of Health, 1874. Member, Royal Commission for Improving the Navigation of Moreton Bay, 1877

Sources: Waterson, DB, Biographical Register of the Queensland Parliament: 1860-1929, 2nd revised edition (Sydney: Casket Publications, 2001)