Miss Marjorie Simpson M.B.E. 1906 ~ 1994

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The unveiling of the Marjorie Simpson Memorial took place on Friday 19th May 2000 in the Bellingen Council Grounds at 3.15pm.It is hoped that all those associated with Miss Simpson, including some of her family can be present to remember a lady who worked tirelessly for the community for 60 years.

During those years in Bellingen Miss Simpson gave much of her time to the Red Cross, the Bellingen Show Society, the Anglican Church in particular the Girls’ Friendly Society and the Hospital.

Miss Marjorie Simpson B.E.M. was born at Grenfell in 1906. She was educated in Sydney and following a business course joined Blacktown Shire Council. Hoping to alleviate a rheumatic condition she decided to move to a warmer climate and on 18th October 1927 she commenced duties with Bellingen Shire Council. At that time the office was situated in Oak Street, Bellingen now known as "The Old Council Chambers". She commenced as a typist clerk when indoor staff were few and in her own words fluctuated from messenger to officer in charge during lunch hours. During 1944 Miss Simpson represented the Shire in the "Victory Girl" competition and received an EJ Mantova painting from the Patriotic Fund Committee and Council. for her contribution.

During a presentation by the Council on her retirement senior officers spoke of the magnificent job done by Miss Simpson as a "public relations" officer, her help and invaluable knowledge of owners and properties throughout the shire, her good memory, willingness to work all hours and other attributes which had been of great value to council.

Miss Simpson was treasurer of the Ambulance Auxiliary whose members acted as stretcher bearers during the war.

She was a foundation member of the ladies committee for the Bellingen Agricultural Show and held the position of secretary for many years. The luncheon pavilion is a far cry from the early days of show catering and the ladies committee is responsible for the excellent catering we have today. The EJ Mantova Art Show held in conjunction with the Agricultural Show was also a recipient of Miss Simpsons attention.

Following her retirement after 43 years with the Council she was awarded the British Empire Medal for her services to the Council and community. Her work with the community continued until advancing years called her to be closer to family.

She spent the last years of her life at Mowll Memorial Village in Sydney near her relatives

The Memorial is the work of the Bellingen Heritage Council and the Bellingen Shire Council.


Contact Person : Anne Ludstrom 02 66559997