Siguard Simpson

Born:Oct 4 1887 In:  Gilbert River
Died:Aug 31 1971 (at age 83)In:  General Hospital .Townsville N. Q. Australia
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Immediate family

Kathleen Harriet Simpson (born McQueen)
His wife
Josephine Henry (born Simpson)
His daughter
Carl Simpson
His son
Alexander Siguard Simpson
His son
Mary Simpson
His daughter
Magnus Simpson
His father
Johanna Helena Amelia Simpson (born Barnekow)
His mother
Fitz Simpson
His brother
Josephine Wright (born Simpson)
His sister

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271 Stuart Drive , Wulguru, / Townsville, /

Biography

Mr Siguard Simpson and his father ,Mr Magnus Simpson cut most of the timber for the Gulf country gold mines and general construction work----hundreds of thousands of suprerficial feet of it . They moved their portable sawmill from timber stand to timber stand and introduced the circular to replace the pit saw .

The Simpsons pioneered well-boring in the Gulf sinking many sub- artesian bores on many stations in the Gulf. ;Bought the first steam traction engine to the district in 1907and also its first motor buggy--a two -cyclinder oddity imported from America in 1908. .

For many years they raised cattle on Blancourt Selection 30 miles outside Georgetown .In later years Siguard was a well known business man in Georgetown operating the business of blacksmith ,carpenter,wheelwright engineering and plumber.

He conducted a picture show in Normanton after world war 11.before coming to Townsville in 1958. He then worked as blacksmith in his son's engineering business in Townsville .G-Ma's father, Duncan McQueen operated a pit saw just below Blancourt Selection.

The circumstances of Gran-Dad's birth set the pattern for his pioneering life. ---He came into this world under a tarpaulin on the banks od the Gilbert River on October 6 th 1887. The nearest Doctor was 60 miles away in Croydon. A carriers wife who was in the camp at the time, acted as midwife.

Siguard Simpson received some of his education in the bush from his mother, who had been a teacher in Sweden. His Father came from Norway , At one stage he went to school in Croydon walking 5 miles into the town from the old Home-ward Bound Battery, which his father was running at the time.. At the time of Siguard's birth his father Magnus Simpson was renting a saw mill which belonged to yhe late Mr Ben Gillette, and was cutting timber for the gold miles at Croydon and Georgetown . The mobile consisted of a 12- horse power engine, bought in Townsville in1885, A sawbench and oddments of small machinery tranversed a vast distance in the west and north of Queensland . Born under a tarpaulin at sawmill . Father Magnus was manager of Gold Batteries. Siguard rode 7 miles to school in Croydon .

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