After a brief stay in Queensland, Simson moved to Tasmania in about 1873. A stock and share broker based in Launceston, Simson had interests in all branches of natural history. He collected extensively in Tasmania, mainly from mining areas, at least in the period May 1875-January 1893. He collected in north-eastern Tasmania (e.g. Goulds Country, Thomas Plain [Weldborough], Blue Tier) in the 1870s and 1880s and on the west coast in 1892-1893. His help was acknowledged by Rodway in The Tasmanian Flora. A large number of his collections were sent to Robert Sticht, a mining manager with the Mt Lyell Mining Co. from 1895 (Sticht died 30 April 1922, aged 65 years). The main part of this collection was deposited in HO about 1981. Other specimens are in JE, LE and NSW.
Extracted from: A.E.Orchard (1999) A History of Systematic Botany in Australia, in Flora of Australia Vol.1, 2nd ed., ABRS. [consult for source references]