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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Taranaki, Hawke's Bay & Wellington Provincial Districts]

Mr. H. Ian Simson

Mr. H. Ian Simson was elected a member of the Hawke's Bay County Council for the Meanee riding, in November, 1905. He is also a member of the Meanee River Board, the Hawke's Bay and Napier Racing Clubs, the Hawke's Bay Agricultural and Pastoral Society, the Greenmeadows Bowling Club, and is vice-president of the Taradale Rifle Club. Mr. Simson was born in Waikaia, Otago, in the year 1871, and is the third son of Mr. Hector N. Simson, of Auckland, and grandson of the late Mr. H. N. Simson, sometime one of the largest and most successful horse breeders in Australia. He was educated at Gore, and by private tuition, and afterwards entered the warehouse of Mr. W. J. Hurst, grain and seed merchant, Auckland. In 1887 he returned to Gore, and joined his uncle, an auctioneer, and was subsequently engaged by Messrs H. S. Valentine and Company, of Riversdale, as auctioneer and stock salesman. During the mining boom in Auckland and the Thames, Mr. Simson established himself in business in Paeroa, as an auctioneer, and was later appointed as Government Valuer for the Ohine-muri County. Relinquishing his northern interests, he again returned to Gore, and in partnership with a brother, took over his uncle's business, which they successfully conducted until 1899, when Mr. Simson sold

page 322 out his interest and settled in Hawke's Bay, purchasing properties at Clive, Pakowhai and Meanee, where he established large dairy farms. He is now (1906) one of the largest milk suppliers in Hawke's Bay, and is also a successful breeder of horses. Mr. Simson has already stated his intention of contesting a seat at the next general election, probably in 1908.