Simpson - The man with the donkey (Internet
Archive record from gallipoli-association.org - click "Impatient?") Brief story of John Simpson Kirkpatrick. Includes the
variety of names he and his donkey(s) had. Answers the question, "What
happened to the donkey after Simpson was killed?"
Not Only a
"An Illustrated Life of Simpson, the Man with the Donkey"
a Hero - Simpson (warandidentity.com.au)
Scroll down for eight links to student resources: "Not Only a Hero -
Simpson and his Donkey - John Simpson Kirkpatrick (anzachouse.com)
1913 portrait photo, early life, the first 24 hours at Anzac,
Simpson finds a donkey, other information about the donkeys, the daily routine, his last day.
Simpson and his donkey (diggerhistory.info)
The story of John Simpson Kirkpatrick's life, illustrated with images that
include his medals and special stamps issued to commemorate Simpson and his
Dust, Donkeys and Delusions: The Myth of Simpson and his Donkey Exposed
This publisher's website summarises the approach taken by
author Graham Wilson in presenting the story of Simpson and his Donkey as a
misleading myth. For sample pages click on the link at the bottom of the
page ("CLICK HERE TO VIEW SAMPLE CHAPTERS"). An alternative means of viewing
sample pages is to search for the title in
wasn't Simpson decorated? (aph.gov.au) (If the web page is unavailable, you can
find the information in the archived pdf file:
Anzac Day Kit [pdf,
Scroll about halfway down to the sub-heading "Why wasn't Simpson decorated?" The
notes point out that Simpson was decorated, but not with the Victoria Cross. (Note that many links are not accessible
as this material was produced for users of the Parliamentary Library.)
Simpson and the Victoria Cross:
Australia's favourite hero (anzacs.net)
Scroll down just over half way to "Jack was recommended for the Victoria
Cross, officially, through his unit..." This section explains how Simpson
came close to receiving the Victoria Cross. Further down is an Australian
Government explanation of why Simpson has not been posthumously awarded the
FOR SENIOR STUDENTS
Is too much attention being paid to Simpson and his
WW1 legend of Simpson and his donkey a case of selective truths
The story of Simpson has been exploited, according to the
preface of Simpson and the Donkey: The Making of a Legend
by Peter Cochrane. Drop the donkey, urges Tasmania's governor [pdf] (govhouse.tas.gov.au) Tasmania's governor, Peter Underwood, says in
his Anzac Day speech for 2014: "We should spend less time
studying Simpsonís donkey and more time looking at why we were
fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan for so long" (pages 5-6).
Simpson and his
Donkey - YouTube (youtube.com)
The illustrated story of Simpson and his donkey (with the
song And the band played Waltzing Matilda as background
Man and the Donkey
British TV report on a play about John Simpson Kirkpatrick
and his donkey, set in his home town of South Shields. The report, however,
is usefully more a summary of Simpson's life than a report about the play.
(The full title of the YouTube video is amusingly given as "Man and the
Donkey, John Simpson Cook Patrick", presumably arising from the tendency of
some English people to pronounce the word "cook" as "kirk".)
Anzac Heroes (media.news.com.au) - John Simpson Kirkpatrick Short video. Click on John
Simpson Kirkpatrickfor the SECOND video listed, "The man with the
Kirkpatrick (YouTube) - sample only
This is a 1min19sec sample of a new song from
Dogmatic Music specially written
for use in schools. Watch and listen to the YouTube video free. The full
3min33sec version is available for purchase and download from
Simpson and his Donkey - unveiled! (salife7.com.au) VIDEO This page from SA Life incorporates a video on the
making of a stature of Simpson and his donkey by sculptor Robert Hannaford.
Can you help?
The photo at the right is presented as Simpson
and his Donkey in Five Months at Anzac: Joseph Lievesley Beeston.
However, we seem to remember a website a few years ago that identified a
photograph that might have looked like this one and claimed the man in the
photo is NOT Simpson.
Are you aware of that website or of information
that suggests the man is not John Simpson Kirkpatrick?
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