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Past reflections

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Reflections in the window of South Shields Museum and Art Gallery

A different view of Kirkpatricks

Kirkpatricks is a popular public house in South Shields, named after John Simpson Kirkpatrick, the “man with the donkey”, decorated for his heroics in the First World War. The current public house was one of the original sites of the old South Shields Marine School founded by Dr. Thomas Winterbottom in 1861. Here we see the building reflected in the windows of the South Shields Museum and Art Gallery, itself being the original building of the Marine School.



Written by curly

September 1, 2007 at 12:01 am

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  1. The currrent (Conservative) govt here in Australia holds Simpson out as all that is good and virtous about Australian Values ! What they forget to say is he arrived as amerchant seaman and jumped ship (“illegal immigrant”). After working as a labourer for several years, and becoming aleader in the nascent trade union movement, and a vocal socialist, WW1 broke out. Missing his mum back home, he decided to join the Australian Imperial forces (AIF) as a means of getting back to The Old dart and Mum. Unfortunatley for him, between joining up, and the anticipation he’d be shipped to London for training before being despatched to France 9and probably plannign to desert in the meantime and get back to mum), Australian troops were instead sent to Egypt, after Britain decided to invade the “soft underbelly of Europe”, the Gallipoli Peninsula, and use the ANZAC forces in that theatre. So rather than finding his way home, Simpson was killed in those battles.

    Ther eis no denying that he was very brave, and he represents the better side of humanity, but the nationalistic claim to those values as something uniquely Australian drive me up the wall. Jingoism of the worst kind.

    PS My grandfather, who did return from gallipoli, claimed to have seen Simpson and told me so many times. Whether he was trying to tell a positicve story about something he never otherise talked about I’ll never know. What i do know is that Grandad arrived in Gallipoli AFTER Simpson had been killed. Other contemporary reports tell us that there was more than one “Simpson” walking the battlefields and picking up the wounded on donkeys. So if Simpson is representative of that, it’s a good thing. But hardly somethign “Australians” can claim a monopoly on!


    September 1, 2007 at 2:15 am

  2. Super photo. Love the reflection.


    September 1, 2007 at 1:01 pm

  3. Mirror Mirror on the wall ;o]


    September 1, 2007 at 1:02 pm

  4. Does Sally above hold a grudge perhaps?

    Anyway, great shot, very creative and the old Marine School and Library buildings are local treasures. More photographs of buildings please!

    S Wilson

    September 1, 2007 at 11:42 pm

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