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Former Member Details

Mr George Bowen SIMPSON, Q.C (1838 - 1915)

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Date of Birth: 22/05/1838
Place of Birth: 'Oatlands', near Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia
Date of Death: 07/09/1915
Place of Death: Darling Point, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 23 Dec 1885 10 Sep 1892 6 years 8 months 19 days Life Appointment under the Constitution Act. Date of Writ of Summons 22 December 1885
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 10 Nov 1892 20 Dec 1894 2 years 1 month 11 days Life Appointment under the Constitution Act. Date of Writ of Summons 10 November 1892
Attorney General and Representative of Government 22 Dec 1885 25 Feb 1886 2 months 4 days
Attorney General 10 Feb 1888 16 Jan 1889 11 months 7 days
Attorney General 08 Mar 1889 22 Oct 1891 2 years 7 months 15 days
Attorney General 03 Aug 1894 01 Dec 1894 3 months 29 days
Political Party Activity
Community Activity
Knighted in 1909
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Lawyer (barrister). Educated at The King's School, Parramatta, and as a non matriculating student at the University of Sydney. Admitted to the Bar in November 1858. Won a large practice and became a District Court Judge. Became a Crown Prosecutor. Became an Acting Supreme Court Judge and a Judge from 1894 until 1910, Judge in divorce from 1896, Acting Chief Justice from 1909 until 1910.
Military Service
Honours Received
Queen's Counsel in 1886
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Son of Captain Pierce (Percy), Royal Navy, landowner and police magistrate, and Hester Elizabeth MacNeill. Married Martha Margaret Cobcroft on 10 October 1861 at East Maitland and they had 2 children. Church of England.
Additional Information
H. T. E. Holt, 'A Court Rises: The Lives and Times of the Judges of the District Court of New South Wales (1859 - 1959)', Sydney, the Law Foundation of New South Wales, 1976.