William Evan Simpson died in Toronto, Ontario, on September 17th, 1936, at the age of 64.

He entered the Royal School of Mines, London, in 1892, and obtained his A.R.S.M. in metallurgy in 1895. After spending a year as chemist and assayer at the Cassel Gold Extracting Co., Ltd., at Glasgow, he went to Western Australia in 1897. For a year he was assayer at the Great Dyke and Orizaba Gold Mines, and for three years cyanide manager at Burbanks Birthday Gift Gold Mines. In 1900 he became metallurgist to the Great Boulder Main Reef Co. at Kalgoorlie, and was appointed manager of the company in 1902. After filling this position for two years he was appointed manager of the Oroya Brown Hill Co., and in 1903 became manager of Lake View Consols and later of the Lancefield gold mine.

In 1906 he was manager of the Zinc Corporation, Ltd., Broken Hill, and in 1907 consulting engineer to the New Einasleigh Copper Mines, Ltd., in north Queensland. He returned to London in 1908 and from then until 1912 was engaged in inspecting properties in Mexico and South America for Associated Northern Blocks, Ltd. In 1913 he went to Canada, and acted as consulting engineer for several properties, besides making inspections on behalf of the Cassel Cyanide Co. of Glasgow. He continued in active practice in Canada until 1931, when he had a stroke from which he never recovered.

Mr. Simpson was elected an Associate of the Institution in 1901, and was transferred to Membership in 1908.

Vol. 46, Trans I.M.M., 1936-37, p.831

Back to index page