One of the founding fathers of Outdoor Education in Australia, Rob Simson, passed away on Sunday after a determined and, more recently, a resigned battle with cancer.
Rob was a retired geography and OE teacher and Principal, with a passion for landscapes, the environment, experiential learning, philosophy and orienteering.
He was instrumental in: the introduction of environmental studies into the Queensland Secondary geography curriculum; leading some of the first school excursions into Carnarvon Gorge; the establishment of Queensland’s first dedicated Outdoor Education Centre at Maroon Dam (MOEC), the formation of Outdoor Educators Association of Queensland and the development of the sport of orienteering in Australia.
Widely admired for his years and breadth of service, he received an OAM (2001) for Services to Orienteering and Outdoor / Environmental Education
In his retirement he published three books and was still, at 80, setting routes for the Australian Orienteering championships.
We are immensely grateful to his work in pioneering outdoor ed in Australia and his inspiration to many outdoor leaders. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. RIP, Rob and thanks again. ...