The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Nelson, Marlborough & Westland Provincial Districts]
Broughton's Bay — Simpson, Arthur John Herbert Paul Portig,
Simpson, Arthur John Herbert Paul Portig, Farmer, Broughton's Bay. Kenepuru, Pelorus Sound. Mr. Simpson was born in the year 1847, at Antwerp, Belgium, where he was educated, and afterwards followed a seafaring life for about eight years in the merchant service He came to New Zealand in the ship “Christian Rankin,” in 1865, and went to the Wakamarina diggings; and, later on, he was employed for eight years by the Government in the transport of provisions, in the Wanganui district, at the time of the Maori war. Subsequently, Mr. Simpson returned to Marlborough, where he work-for some years at various occupations, and in 1890 took up his present farm. The property consists of 400 acres held under Crown lease, and carries, nearly 300 sheep, and about twenty-live head of cattle. Mr. Simpson is chairman of the committee of the Waitaria Bay school committee, of which one of his daughters is mistress. He is married, and has eight sons and four daughters.