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The Simpson's were an early Tauranga family. William McGregor Simpson married Jane McCauley at Katikati in 1889. They lived in Tauranga and owned land between Spring and Elizabeth Streets as well as Grey and Durham Streets on which they milked cows. Joan is my third cousin once removed. Her collection was donated to Tauranga City Library's Research Collections in early 2016 - Debbie McCauley.

19th Century Orange Order Sash - John McCauley (Jnr)

19th Century Orange Order Sash: McCauley Family (1889)

19th Century Orange Order Sash that belonged to the McCauley family who arrived in New Zealand on board the Jessie Osborne in 1876 as part of George Vesey Stewart's Katikati settlement. The sash is made from watered grosgrain silk ribbon in orange with two vertical stripes of purple at each side. There are four ornate metallic embellishments: a holy bible; a three-stepped Jacob’s ladder symbolising Faith, Hope, and Charity; the Star of David; and a crown with red velvet at the centre which symbolises the British monarchy in Ireland. Below the embellishments is a large rectangular silk badge edged with metallic braid which includes an image of King William on his horse along with text which includes William III, Loyal Orange Institution, and at the base the makers name; Toneycliffe and Carey, Orange Regalia Dept, Christchurch. Below is an orange and purple rosette, another can be found at the hip. The sash is finished at the shoulder and base with gilt metallic cord fringing. Photograph: Debbie McCauley.

McDermott Cup Medal - John Francis Simpson (1917-1918)

McDermott Cup Medal: John Francis Simpson (1917-1918)

Silver medal received by John Francis Simpson (1901-1928) for winning 2nd place in the McDermott Cup Competition (1917-1918). The medal is a shield shape with a smaller rose gold shield inside and the date "1917-18". The medal is attached to a heavy silver chain. Photograph: Debbie McCauley.

Rifle Medal - Edward Victor Simpson (1923)

Rifle Association Medal: Edward Victor Simpson (1923)

Silver Rifle Association Medal won by Edward Victor Simpson (1907-1962), uncle of Joan Simpson, in 1923. Edward was born in Tauranga and worked as a photojournalist. His article on big game fishing appeared in a booklet; Tauranga and the Mount in 1947. He never married, and died in Hamilton on 9 August 1962. Edward was buried in Hamilton Park Cemetery. The front of the medal shows a soldier being handed a gun by Britannia who has a shield in her left hand. The words "Defence not Defiance' are written above. The back of the medal has the words "Auckland Military District"  written in an arch across the top and underneath the words "Rifle Association". At the bottom is the date "1923" above which are the hallmarks. Photo: Debbie McCauley.

Hamilton Boys' High School Badge - Edward Victor Simpson (1923)

Hamilton Boys' High School Badge: Edward Victor Simpson (1923)

A Hamilton Boys' High School silver badge belonging to Edward Victor Simpson (1907-1962), uncle of Joan Simpson. The badge is of the school crest featuring a lion, sash and star, and bearing the motto 'sapiens fortunam fingit sibi' (A wise man carves his own fortune). Edward was born in Tauranga and worked as a photojournalist. His article on big game fishing appeared in a booklet; Tauranga and the Mount in 1947. He never married, and died in Hamilton on 9 August 1962. Edward was buried in Hamilton Park Cemetery. Photo: Debbie McCauley.

Hamilton High School Cap - Edward Victor Simpson (1925)

Hamilton High School Cap: Edward Victor Simpson (1925)

Hamilton High School cap dated 1925 which belonged to Edward Victor Simpson (1907-1962), uncle of Joan Simpson. Edward was born in Tauranga and worked as a photojournalist. His article on big game fishing appeared in a booklet; Tauranga and the Mount in 1947. He never married, and died in Hamilton on 9 August 1962. Edward was buried in Hamilton Park Cemetery. The cap is made of six triangular pieces of velvet sewn together to form the crown. Three pieces are maroon and three are black. There is metallic gold edging around each triangle and the lower edge of the small half-moon peak which is made from black velvet. Around the lower edge of the cap is a 1.5cm wide metallic gold ribbon. There is a large circular metallic gold button at the top of the crown to which is attached a metallic gold tassel. “HHS” and “1925” are embroidered in gold coloured thread on the black velvet panel at the front. Inside, the cap has a gold coloured lining and a printed label with the maker name “Cox’s Hat Factory”, space for a name to be written, and the size which is 6¾ written in ink pen on the label. Photograph: Debbie McCauley.

 Drill Champion Medal - Edward Victor Simpson (1925)

Hamilton High School Drill Champion Medal: Edward Victor Simpson (1925)

Hamilton High School Drill Champion Medal won by Edward Victor Simpson (1907-1962), uncle of Joan Simpson, in 1925. Edward was born in Tauranga and worked as a photojournalist. His article on big game fishing appeared in a booklet; Tauranga and the Mount in 1947. He never married, and died in Hamilton on 9 August 1962. Edward was buried in Hamilton Park Cemetery. The medal is gold coloured with two silver ferns running up each side with their stems crossed at the base. In the centre of the medal is the Hamilton High School shield with the letters “HHS” on top. Photo: Debbie McCauley.

Tuhua (Mayor Island) by Edward Victor Simpson (c1940)

 Marlin Fishing at Tuhua by Edward Victor Simpson (1934)

Hand coloured photograph of marlin fishing at Tuhua (Mayor Island) taken by photojournalist Edward Victor Simpson on 15 March 1934 and written about in the booklet Tauranga and the Mount which was published in 1947 by Frank N. Robson and printed by Specialty Printers in Auckland [first printed in the China Journal]. It shows a leaping marlin and a fishing launch just off Tuhua. The boat is either the 'Kingfish', 'Naomi' or 'Dauntless'. The marlin was caught by Fred Hopkins. Edward wrote 'the photograph I secured as the big fish threshed away from the launch will go to confirm what to some might appear to be just another "fish story."'  In the bottom left hand corner of the photograph are the words in white; COPYRIGHT, E V SIMPSON, TAURANGA, NZ. The image was re-matted in 2016 and is around one metre long in an oak frame. The framed photograph belonged to Edward's niece Joan Simpson but is now part of a private collection with a copy at Tauranga City Library. Image Scan: Debbie McCauley (2016).

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