How Burnside was the home of the iconic Simpson Washing Machine

Monday 16 February 2015

How Burnside was the home of the iconic Simpson Washing Machine

Presented by Antony Simpson

The company that manufactured the iconic Simpson washing machine was in family hands for five generations and 153 years, a continuity of ownership that is very unusual. Three of the five generations lived in Burnside and their houses still stand. Much of this talk will focus on the evolution of the business from a small shop in Gawler Place to one of the most admired models of modern manufacturing in Australia before its sale to Email in 1986.

Our speaker is Antony Simpson, a member of the fifth generation of the Simpson family. He was the Acting Managing Director and oversaw the sale of the company to Email. He is an engineer with a BE Mech. from Adelaide University and a Masters Degree from the Harvard Business School. He started working in the business in his teens and then spent much time outside, including at a management consulting company in New York. He is currently writing the business history of the Simpson company.

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How Burnside was the home of the iconic Simpson Washing Machine

Presented by Antony Simpson

The company that manufactured the iconic Simpson washing machine was in family hands for five generations and 153 years, a…

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