Charles Simpson (Australian politician)

Charles Herbert Simpson (28 August 1887 – 12 June 1963) was an Australian politician who was a member of the Legislative Council of Western Australia from 1946 until his death. He served as a minister in the government of Ross McLarty.


Charles Simpson
Member of the Legislative Council
of Western Australia
In office
22 May 1946 – 21 May 1950
Preceded byThomas Moore
Succeeded byNone (seat reconstituted)
ConstituencyCentral Province
In office
22 May 1950 – 12 June 1963
Preceded byNone (new seat)
Succeeded byJack Heitman
ConstituencyMidland Province
Personal details
Born(1887-08-28)28 August 1887
near Yanac, Victoria, Australia
Died12 June 1963(1963-06-12) (aged 75)
Morawa, Western Australia, Australia
Political partyLiberal (to 1958)
Country (from 1958)

Simpson was born near Yanac, Victoria, to Mary Ann (née Stone) and John Michael Simpson. He moved to Western Australia at a young age, and in 1905 went to the Murchison goldfields, living at Youanmi for a period. Simpson lived in Rhodesia from 1914 to 1916, and then enlisted in the British Army, serving in England with the Royal Engineers. He returned to Australia after the war's end, initially living in Paynesville and later working as a storekeeper and land agent in Pindar.[1]

At the 1946 Legislative Council elections, Simpson won a seat in Central Province for the Liberal Party. He became a government whip in 1948, and after the 1950 state election was appointed Minister for Transport, Minister for Railways, and Minister for Mines. Simpson served in cabinet until the McLarty government's defeat at the 1953 state election. He was leader of the Liberal Party in the Legislative Council from 1955 until 1958, when he instead joined the Country Party. Simpson died in office in June 1963, aged 75. He had married Neta Annice Matyr in 1921, with whom he had two daughters.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Charles Herbert Simpson, Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
Parliament of Western Australia
Political offices
Preceded by
Hubert Parker
Minister for Mines
1950–1953
Succeeded by
Lionel Kelly
Preceded by
Harrie Seward
Minister for Transport
1950–1953
Succeeded by
Herbert Styants
Preceded by
Harrie Seward
Minister for Railways
1950–1953
Succeeded by
Herbert Styants