Mr James Brunton SIMPSON (1905 - 1968)**

  • Date of Birth: 22/01/1905
  • Place of Birth: Shotts, Lanarkshire, Scotland
  • Date of Death: 10/12/1968
  • Place of Death: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Parliamentary Service

Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly17 Jun 195010 Dec 196818yr(s) 5mth(s) 24day(s)
Member for Lake Macquarie17 Jun 195014 Jan 19532yr(s) 6mth(s) 29day(s)
36th (1950 - 1953)
Member for Lake Macquarie19 Jan 19536 Feb 19563yr(s) 19day(s)
37th (1953 - 1956)
Member for Lake Macquarie3 Mar 195616 Feb 19592yr(s) 11mth(s) 14day(s)
38th (1956 - 1959)
Member for Lake Macquarie21 Mar 19595 Feb 19622yr(s) 10mth(s) 16day(s)
39th (1950 - 1953)
Member for Lake Macquarie3 Mar 196231 Mar 19653yr(s) 29day(s)
40th (1962 - 1965)
Member for Lake Macquarie1 May 196523 Jan 19682yr(s) 8mth(s) 23day(s)
41st (1965 - 1968)
Member for Lake Macquarie24 Feb 196810 Dec 19689mth(s) 17day(s)
42nd (1968 - 1971)
Minister Without Portfolio15 Mar 195622 Nov 19571yr(s) 8mth(s) 8day(s)
Secretary for Mines22 Nov 19571 Apr 19591yr(s) 4mth(s) 11day(s)
Minister for Mines1 Apr 195914 Mar 19622yr(s) 11mth(s) 14day(s)
Minister for Mines14 Mar 196213 May 19653yr(s) 1mth(s) 30day(s)

Political Party Activity

Socialist Labor Party in 1919. Australian Labor Party (ALP) from 1921, member of central executive 1945 - 1950.

Qualifications, occupations and interests

Miner and union secretary. Educated at Pykehead public school, Scotland, commenced work at age fourteen in coal mines; arrived in New South Wales with parents in 1921, worked in Stockton Borehole Colliery, Cockle Creek until seriously injured in a mining accident in 1924; was hospitalised for seven months, studied commercial subjects, employed by Northern Districts Miners' Federation as assistant secretary in 1927, secretary from 1940 - 1950; delegate to International Labor Organisation conference in Geneva in 1947; advisory committee Newcastle University College 1959 - 1962; keen soccer player in youth, member of Soccer State League Council.


Son of William Simpson, coalminer, and lodge secretary, and Annie Russell Brunton. Married Grace Ellen Gallimore on 24 May 1941 and had issue, 1 daughter and 2 sons. Funeral at Beresfield cemetery from St Phillip's Presbyterian church in Newcastle.

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