SIMPSON MCCULLOCH (Billy) was born on March 23, 1913 in Maybole. He died
at the age of 92 on 16 June 2005 in Adelaide, South Australia. In 1962 he
married MOLLY BELL in Windsor, England. He immigrated with his wife Molly
to Victoria, Australia in 1979. His remaining relatives in Maybole are his
niece Carol Ross (maiden surname Donald) and his sister–in–law Olive
McCulloch (maiden surname Robertson).
His friends in Australia describe him as ‘indomitable’,
‘likeable’ and ‘a great man’. Before leaving for Australia, Billy worked
as an engineering storeman at –
1. Scottish Aviation, Prestwick
2. Glenfield and
3. Handley Page, Reading
His wife, Molly, became an artist after she retired from
management in retail distribution. Her works in oils are sought after in
Billy was one of nine children born to THOMAS McCULLOCH and
CHARLOTTE SIMPSON. Thomas was a journeyman shoemaker who specialized as a
boot top cutter. Thomas’s aunt, Helen Harris, was married to John Lees,
proprietor of the well known Boot and Shoe Factory in Maybole. Billy had
no issue of his own but he has nephews and nieces in Canada, Australia,
New Zealand, Hong Kong, U.S.A. as well as in U.K.
His nephew and namesake is William (Bill) Simpson
McCulloch. Bill was born and educated in Maybole and he retires on 11 July
2005 in Queensland, Australia after a career in telecommunications with
the Merchant Navy, Radio Australia and Queensland Rail. Bill also owned
racehorses. His most famous win was in the Capricorn Classic in 1999 when
his horse “Semi Fine” came in first.
The tribute above contributed by John McCulloch.
Below is a copy of the valedictory address to Billy made by
Chris McDonald of Adelaide.
“WILLIAM SIMPSON McCulloch -‘BILLY’ TO ALL OF US
"WHAT A LIFE THIS MAN HAS HAD. BILLY MARRIED MOLLY IN 1962
AND TOGETHER THEY LIVED LIFE TO THE FULLEST. I HAVE KNOWN THEM BOTH SINCE
THEY ARRIVED FROM THE U.K. IN 1979.
"THEY SETTLED IN A TOWN CALLED PORT ARLINGTON IN VICTORIA
VERY SIMILAR TO VICTOR HARBOR WITH MOLLY’S SON ALLAN CLOSE BY. THEY
RETIRED TO AUSTRALIA TO START A NEW LIFE AND ARRIVED WITH VERY LITTLE,
THEY SET THEMSELVES UP AND ONLY EVER RENTED 2 PROPERTIES IN THE PORT.
"MOLLY PAINTED PICTURES AND BILLY MADE THE FRAMES AND THEY
EARNED QUITE A FEW DOLLARS FROM THEIR HOBBY. BILLY ENJOYED INDOOR BOWLS
AND GARDENING AND MANY, MANY HOURS WERE SPENT ON CROSSWORD PUZZLES AND
SHARING THE HOME DUTIES WITH HIS WIFE.
BILLY LOVED THE HORSES AND WHAT HE DID NOT KNOW DID NOT
I CAN REMEMBER ONE WEEKEND WHEN THEY DROVE OVER TO SOUTH
AUSTRALIA AND WHEN THEY ARRIVED MOLLY WAS EXHAUSTED,…………. THE
REASON………BILLY HAD THE CAR HEATER ON …………HE THOUGHT IT WAS THE AIR
WHEN BILLY’S BELOVED MOLLY PASSED ON LATE IN 2002 WE ALL
TALKED ABOUT THE FUTURE AND DECIDED THAT BILL COULD STAY IN VICTORIA AND
SEE HOW THINGS WENT. …………5 OR 6 MONTHS LATER IN MAY 2003 I WENT OVER TO
BUY A UNIT FOR BILL AND WAS PROMPTLY TOLD HE WAS COMING TO ADELAIDE AT
OLIVE’S REQUEST, OLIVE WAS MY MOTHER IN LAW, LITERALLY 2 DAYS LATER HE WAS
UNFORTUNATELY 12 WEEKS LATER OLIVE PASSED AWAY. MY WIFE AND
I HAD NO HESITATION AND QUICKLY INVITED BILLY TO LIVE WITH US.
THIS IS WHEN I REALLY GOT TO KNOW THIS MAN.
HIS EXPERIENCES BE IT WITH THE SPITFIRE AEROPLANES DURING
THE WAR OR THE SILICON CHIP ARE ASTOUNDING, HIS KNOWLEDGE OF THE HORSE
RACING INDUSTRY WOULD PUT GAI WATERHOUSE TO SHAME. WHILST BILLY WAS WITH
US HE WAS PROBABLY THE CLUEYEST PERSON AT 91 YEARS OF AGE THAT I HAVE EVER
HAD THE PLEASURE TO KNOW.
BILLY WE LOVE YOU NOW AND FOR ALWAYS, BE AT PEACE AND ENJOY
THE PARTY UPSTAIRS.”