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Roy Simson (1856–1924)

While judging the Shorthorn cattle at the Melbourne Royal Show last month, Mr. Roy Simson, of Nyingay Station, near Hay, N.S.W., suddenly collapsed and died in a few minutes. It was a most tragic occurrence, the ringside being crowded with friends interested in the judging, and cast a deep gloom over the rest of the proceedings.

Mr. Simson, who was 56 years of age, was the second son of the late Mr. Colin Simson, who was the member for Murrumbidgee many years ago in the New South Wales Parliament. Until last year he was part owner and managing trustee of his father's property, Mungadal Station, near Hay. It was then sold to Mr. Anthony Hordern, and Mr. Simson went to live on his own property, Nyingay, adjoining the back of Mungadal.

About 20 years ago he started Shorthorn breeding, his first purchases being from Mr. J. J. Baylis, then of Goonahra, Narandera. Being quick to learn, a great enthusiast, and also a keen student of Shorthorn history and breeding lore, he soon became markedly successful as a breeder himself, and at several of the Sydney Royal Show sales his bulls made top averages, going up to 400 guineas. The stud was bred for some time at Mungadal, but during the last few years it was kept at Nyingay. Mr. Simson had once before officiated as judge of the Shorthorns at the Melbourne Royal, as well as at numerous shows in other parts of the country.

He was twice married, his second wife, who survives him, being a daughter of the Anglican Bishop of Riverina, Dr. Anderson. By the first marriage he leaves two sons, who own a property near Ivanhoe, N.S.W., and by the second marriage one son and two daughters.

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