Military Historical Society of Australia

ACT Federal Councillor


Colin Simpson

Colin has had a life-long interest in military history and particularly Australia's military history. His particular focus involves the weapons and munitions of the South African War of 1899-1902 and he has published papers in Australian and overseas journals on these topics. He is also a keen collector of items related to his interests. His collecting also includes military buttons, particularly those worn by Australian military forces (army, navy, air force) and the buttons of British forces stationed in Australia from the first discovery to Federation. His studies include the use of such buttons as archaeological markers.

Colin has lived in Canberra since 1968 and is now enjoying life as a retired geoscientist. His retirement activities include volunteering with the Military Heraldry & Technology Section of the Australian War Memorial. In addition, he is a member of several organisations related to his military interests including: The Anglo-Boer War Study Group of Australia; The ACT Antique and Historical Arms Association; The Australian Cartridge Collectors Association; and The American Civil War Round Table of Australia. 

Colin joined the ACT Branch in the 1970s and became the Branch President in 1989, remaining in this position until 2009.



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