Jim Simpson (Australian politician)

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Jim Simpson
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Lake Macquarie
Preceded by New seat
Succeeded by Merv Hunter
Personal details
Born 22 January 1905
Shotts, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Died 10 December 1968
Sydney, New South Wales
Nationality Australian
Political party Socialist Labor Party
Australian Labor Party
Religion Presbyterian

James Brunton (Jim) Simpson (22 January 1905 – 10 December 1968) was an Australian politician, elected as a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for the Australian Labor Party.

Simpson was Shotts, Lanarkshire, Scotland and educated at Dykehead public school. He started work at the age of fourteen as a coal miner. He arrived in New South Wales with his parents in 1921 and worked in Stockton Borehole Colliery at Cockle Creek until was seriously injured in a mining accident in 1924 and had to be hospitalised for seven months. He studied commercial subjects and was employed by Northern Districts Miners' Federation as its assistant secretary in 1927. He was secretary of the federation from 1940 to 1950. He married Grace Ellen Gallimore in May 1941 and they had one daughter and two sons.[1]

Simpson was elected as the Australian Labor Party for the member for Lake Macquarie in 1950 and was re-elected in the seat until his death. he was Minister Without Portfolio from March 1956 to November 1957 and then Minister for Mines until May 1965 when the Renshaw government was defeated. He died in Sydney.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Mr James Brunton Simpson (1905 - 1968)". Members of Parliament. Parliament of New South Wales. Archived from the original on 4 June 2011. Retrieved 25 February 2010. 
Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
New seat
Member for Lake Macquarie
1950 – 1968
Succeeded by
Merv Hunter