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Newland, Simpson, J.P., is the son of the late Rev. William Ridgway Newland, Independent minister, who emigrated to South Australia in 1839. He represented Encounter Bay in the Legislative Assembly of that colony, and was Treasurer in the Downer Ministry from June 1885 to June 1886, when he resigned, and was succeeded by Mr. (now Sir) John Bray. He was rejected at Encounter Bay at the general election in 1887.