Alfred Allen Simpson

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This article is about the South Australian family of manufacturers. For the (unrelated) British legal historian and author Alfred William Brian Simpson see A. W. B. Simpson.

Alfred Allen Simpson was Mayor of the City of Adelaide from 1913 to 1915.

The name Simpson Desert was coined in 1930 by Cecil Madigan,[1] after Alfred Allen Simpson, an Australian philanthropist, geographer, and president of the South Australian branch of the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia.

From 1919, lived at Undelcarra in Burnside.[2]

A. Simpson & Co., whitegoods manufacturer.[2]

Family tree[edit]

1. Alfred Simpson (1805–1891)

2. Alfred Allen Simpson
2. Alfred Muller Simpson (1843-1917)
3. Alan Simpson
3. Fred N. Simpson married a daughter of Joseph Wilcox[3]

Alfred Simpson (1805-1891)[edit]

Father: Alfred Simpson (1805–1891).[4]

  • Born 29 August 1805 London
  • Married 21 June 1838 Sarah Neighbour
  • They sailed in the John Woodhall for Melbourne but disembarked at Port Adelaide on 17 January 1849.
  • Survived by two of his three children, he died on 23 September 1891 and was buried in the West Terrace cemetery.

Alfred Muller Simpson (1843-1917)[edit]

Brother: Alfred Muller Simpson (1843–1917).[4]

  • born on 4 April 1843 in London
  • Beginning his apprenticeship in 1857 in his father's firm, he became a partner in 1864.
  • On 18 October 1871 he married Catherine Allen.
  • He was elected to the South Australian Legislative Council for the Central ward in June 1887.
  • After the death of his first wife in 1887, he married Violet Laura Sheridan on 23 August 1888.
  • He was a member of the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society and its president from 1898 to 1899.
  • He died of cancer on 28 September 1917 survived by two sons and three daughters.

Alfred Moxon Simpson[edit]

(Alfred) Moxon Simpson (17 November 1910 – 11 November 2001) of Stonyfell was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia on 6 June 1978 "For eminent and meritorious service to business and industry"[5]

His wife, Elizabeth R(obson) Simpson (née Cleland) (16 October 1910 – 31 January 2005) was an historian and author of:

  • The Hahndorf Walkers and the Beaumont Connection Beaumont Press, Adelaide 1983 ISBN 0-9592458-0-4.
  • The Clelands of Beaumont: a history of 26 generations of a South Australian family Beaumont Press, Adelaide 1986 ISBN 0-9592458-1-2
  • Beaumont House: The land and its people Beaumont Press, Adelaide 1993 ISBN 0-9592458-2-0


  1. ^ Madigan, C.T. 1930. An aerial reconnaissance into the southeastern portion of central Australia. Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia, South Australian Branch 30:83-108.
  2. ^ a b Undelcarra Road, Street names, City of Burnside
  3. ^ In and Out of the City. By Autolycus., 22 October 1928, The Register (Adelaide, SA), p.10
  4. ^ a b Marjorie Findlay, 'Simpson, Alfred (1805 - 1891)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 6, Melbourne University Press, 1976, pp 126-127.
  5. ^ Alfred Moxon Simpson, Companion of the Order of Australia, 6 June 1978,
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir John Lavington Bonython
Mayor of Adelaide
Succeeded by
Isaac Isaacs