Help needed to rebuild Tiger Simpson’s cairn on KI

CAIRN WORK: Graham Trethewey and Ray Swanson are pictured at the cairn built by Tiger Simpson, which needs some repairs.
CAIRN WORK: Graham Trethewey and Ray Swanson are pictured at the cairn built by Tiger Simpson, which needs some repairs.

Efforts are underway to repair a memorial cairn built by Kangaroo Island digger Tiger Simpson in honour of his mates lost in World War I.

Leading the way is Island Beach resident Pierre Gregor who is seeking to establish a small working group to complete the refurbishment of the cairn located at YMCA Corner near Pelican Lagoon.

“Tiger Simpson (Private Stamford Simpson) a man of Tasmanian Aboriginal ancestry was a proud Kangaroo Islander from the Dudley Peninsula area,” Mr Gregor said.

“He and several other Islanders from the Dudley Peninsula, George Neave, Allen Lashmar and Glen Bates were among the first to sign up to fight in World War initially as members of the AIF 10th Battalion. 

“Tragically George Neave, Allen Lashmar and Glen Bates were all killed in action.

“Tiger Simpson returned to Kangaroo Island and after the war built a cairn on the high feature opposite Pelican Lagoon and adjacent to YMCA Corner.

“He frequented the site to contemplate the horrors of war and the loss of his friends who had served with him.  The cairn was his dedication to his mates.”

In 2008 the 10th Battalion AIF Association commissioned a small information plaque that was installed on the roadside adjacent to the cairn.

“Noting that this year we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of WW,  it is timely that that the cairn and the story behind it is given some attention,” Mr Gregor said. 

“The cairn has deteriorated over time and would benefit from extra limestone rocks and a general refurbishment so that it might withstand the ravages of the next 100 years. I have permission from the landowner to complete this work.”

Pierre Gregor is interested in hearing from anyone who can assist with this small project, so please contact him on 0429 000 855.

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