Topic: Edward Victor Simpson (1907-1962)
Edward Victor Simpson worked as a photojournalist. One of his articles appeared in the book 'Tauranga and the Mount' which was published in 1947. He was my second cousin twice removed - Debbie McCauley (2016).
Edward Victor Simpson, known as Eddie, was born in Tauranga on 21 September 1907. He was the eighth child of William MacGregor and Jane Simpson (nee McCauley) who married in Katikati on 28 October 1889.
Edward attended Hamilton High School. His school cap and medals he won are part of the Joan Simpson Collection housed at Tauranga City Libraries:
This photograph of Edward was taken at the wedding of Edward's brother Gordon Simpson to Konini Fowler at Wakefield on 17 December 1931:
Edward worked as a photojournalist. One of his articles on big game fishing at Tuhua (Mayor Island) along with photographs appeared in the booklet Tauranga and the Mount which was published in 1947 by Frank N. Robson and printed by Specialty Printers in Auckland. One of Edwards photographs, taken in 1934, features a leaping marlin and fishing boat. It was hand coloured and framed in oak:
Edward never married. He increasingly suffered from ill health and eventually had to give up his career in photojournalism.
On 9 August 1962 Edward died in Hamilton at the age of 54. He was buried in Hamilton Park Cemetery.
McCauley, Debbie (2012). The McCauley Family of Katikati, New Zealand: 1876-2012. Tauranga, New Zealand: Mauao Publishing.