I’m too an sorry to hear of the death of Ken Simpson.
We never met, but his field guide was one of the very few bird books to mention
my publications, and that gave me a measure of the man.
Denise Lawungkurr Goodfellow
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Darwin River, NT, Australia 0841
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On 11 Jul 2014, at 9:50 pm, David Clark <> wrote:
> Very sad news indeed!
> I knew Ken in a very different context; his fieldwork on Aboriginal sites
> in the area that was to be flooded by the construction of the Chowilla
> Dam. That's the Murray River floodplain around the Victoria-New South
> Wales-South Australia borders.
> He was a very good teacher, a very competent technician and a good person
> to boot.
> On Fri, Jul 11, 2014 at 9:05 PM, brian fleming <>
>> I am very sad to hear of the recent death of Ken Simpson, on Wed. 9th
>> July. I first met him when we were both a lot younger, at a BOC study
>> meeting - he was, I think, speaking about petrels and other sea-birds.
>> Most of us have a copy of Simpson and Day - mine has been well-used,
>> and replaced at least once after some watery catastrophe.
>> I also have "Birds in Bass Strait," an early book produced I think for
>> BHP. In 1998 he and Zoe Wilson produced "Birdwatching in Australia and New
>> Zealand" - it's well worth finding a copy if you can.
>> I always found him very helpful with answers to my queries when I was
>> a relative beginner, and later, until his birding days were interrupted by
>> My sympathies and best wishes to Zoe.
>> Anthea Fleming
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