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Former Member Details

Mr James Brunton SIMPSON (1905 - 1968)

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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
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly 17 Jun 1950 10 Dec 1968 18 years 5 months 24 days
Member for Lake Macquarie 17 Jun 1950 14 Jan 1953 2 years 6 months 29 days
Member for Lake Macquarie 19 Jan 1953 06 Feb 1956 3 years 19 days
Member for Lake Macquarie 03 Mar 1956 16 Feb 1959 2 years 11 months 14 days
Member for Lake Macquarie 21 Mar 1959 05 Feb 1962 2 years 10 months 16 days
Member for Lake Macquarie 03 Mar 1962 31 Mar 1965 3 years 29 days
Member for Lake Macquarie 01 May 1965 23 Jan 1968 2 years 8 months 24 days
Member for Lake Macquarie 24 Feb 1968 10 Dec 1968 9 months 17 days
Minister Without Portfolio 15 Mar 1956 22 Nov 1957 1 year 8 months 8 days
Secretary for Mines 22 Nov 1957 01 Apr 1959 1 year 4 months 11 days
Minister for Mines 01 Apr 1959 14 Mar 1962 2 years 11 months 14 days
Minister for Mines 14 Mar 1962 13 May 1965 3 years 2 months
Political Party Activity
Socialist Labor Party in 1919. Australian Labor Party (ALP) from 1921, member of central executive 1945 - 1950.
Community Activity
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.
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Personal
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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