James Bryce Thompson

M, #2909, b. 1819, d. 9 April 1891
Birth*1819James Bryce Thompson was born in 1819 at Carnwath, Lanarkshire, Scotland.1,2 
Emigration*1841He emigrated in 1841 from Scotland.3 
Immigration*October 1841He immigrated in October 1841 to Melbourne, Victoria.3 
Employment*after October 1841He was employed after October 1841 at Ballarat, Victoria.4 
Employment1846He was employed in 1846 at Victoria.5 
Marriage*1850He married Maria Caroline Kelly in 1850 at Warrnambool, Victoria; Not found in VIC Pioneers.6 
Event-Misc*1854James Bryce Thompson was (an unknown value) in 1854 at Allansford, Victoria.7 
Employment1878He was employed in 1878 at Brisbane, Queensland.8 
Retirement*1889He was retired in 1889 at New South Wales.9 
Residence*1891He and Maria Caroline Kelly lived in 1891 at Hughenden, Queensland.10 
Death*9 April 1891James Bryce Thompson died on 9 April 1891 at Wentworth Hotel, Sydney, New South Wales.11,12,13 
Burial*after 9 April 1891He was buried after 9 April 1891 at Waverley Cemetery, Bronte, New South Wales.14,15 
Obituary23 April 1891His obituary.16,17 
Will*1903He left a will in 1903 at Charters Towers, Queensland.18 
ResidenceJune 1912He and Maria Caroline Kelly lived in June 1912 at Mount Emu, Queensland.19 

Family

Maria Caroline Kelly b. 1832, d. 22 Jul 1904
Children 1.Unknown Thompson
 2.Mary Clare Thompson b. 1835, d. 1882
 3.Agnes Mary Jane Thompson b. 1851, d. 1905
 4.James Bryce Thompson b. 1854, d. 28 Jul 1902
 5.Robert Tervit Thompson b. 1855, d. 23 Jan 1901
 6.Jane Ramsay Thompson b. 16 Sep 1858, d. 19 Nov 1929
 7.Alexander McGregor Stuart Thompson+ b. 18 Oct 1859, d. 16 May 1928
 8.William Henry Stewart Thompson b. 1861, d. 6 Jun 1912
 9.David Westwood Burke Thompson b. 28 Sep 1864, d. 7 Aug 1902
 10.Sydney Albert Thompson+ b. 1 Jul 1866 or 1 Jul 1867, d. 1952

Citations

  1. [S573] Mundia.com, online https:/www.mundia.com/, Born 1819
    Birthplace = Carnwath, Lanakshire, Scotland
    Father = Robert THOMPSON
    Mother = Agnes TERVIT

    Carnwath is in South Central Scotland, About 30 km from Edinburgh and Glasgow, and to the south of both. It is in the Clyde Valley, which forms a gap between the high moorlands of North Lanarkshire and West Lothian, and the hills of the Southern Uplands.
  2. [S153] Unknown subject, Waverley & South Head General Cemeteries, Born c1819.
  3. [S573] Mundia.com, online https:/www.mundia.com/, James Emigrated From Scotland To Australia. If Correctly Identified – And Of 22 People Called James Thompson, This Entry Is The Only One That Fits Known Age And Year Of Emigration – James Arrived In Melbourne In October 1841 On The 'Catherine Jamieson'.
  4. [S573] Mundia.com, online https:/www.mundia.com/, Overseer At Woady Yaloak Station: According To A Newspaper Article Written After He Died, James Was The Overseer For A Mr. Vorney At 'Woodyallaok' Station For Four Years After Arriving In Australia. 'Woodyallaok' Refers To Woady Yaloak, Also Called Wardy Yallock, South-west Of Ballarat.
  5. [S573] Mundia.com, online https:/www.mundia.com/, Leased Glenample Station No. 2: According To His Obituary, James Leased With His Then Business Partner, A Charles Brown, Part Of Glenample Station North Of What Is Now The Great Ocean Road About A Kilometre From The Twelve Apostles In The Western District Of Victoria.
  6. [S573] Mundia.com, online https:/www.mundia.com/, Marriage: Living At Allansford, Victoria At The Time. Maria Kelly Was The Daughter Of A British Government Officer Who Reportedly Became Aide-de-camp To The First Lieutenant-governor Of Victoria, Charles La Trobe. Marriage Noted On Daughter Jane's Birth Record.
  7. [S573] Mundia.com, online https:/www.mundia.com/, Lost Horse: On Page 3, Column 2 Of The Warrnambool Examiner Dated 28 January 1854 Is An Advertisement From James Thompson Relating To A Lost Horse.
  8. [S573] Mundia.com, online https:/www.mundia.com/, Appointed Commissioner Of The Peace: On 4 January 1878, The Brisbane Courier Published A List Of People Who, According To The Government Gazette Extraordinary Dated 2 January 1878, Had Been Appointed A Commissioner Of The Peace. The List Included James Brice [sic] Thompson Of Rupert Creek.
  9. [S573] Mundia.com, online https:/www.mundia.com/, Retires To New South Wales: According To His Death Certificate, James Spent 21 Years In Victoria, 27 Years In Queensland And 2 Years In New South Wales. The Figures Provide A Useful Guide To Where And How Long In Each State He Spent His Life In Australia.
  10. [S153] Unknown subject, Waverley & South Head General Cemeteries, Of Mt. Emu Plains Station, Hughenden, Qld.
  11. [S27] NSW Federation BDM (1889-1918), NSW Federation (1889-1918) CD ROM, Reg. No: 21
    Died 1891
    Registered at Sydney, NSW
    Father = John
    Mother = Sarah L.
  12. [S153] Unknown subject, Waverley & South Head General Cemeteries, Died 9-Apr-1891
    Aged 72 years.
  13. [S573] Mundia.com, online https:/www.mundia.com/, James Died At The Wentworth Hotel, Sydney. Two Announcements About His Death Were Published In The Brisbane Courier On Tuesday 21 April 1891. One Of Them Mentioned That He Owned Mount Emu Plains, Fairlight And Tarbrax Stations.
  14. [S153] Unknown subject, Waverley & South Head General Cemeteries, Burial Record

    Waverley & South Head General Cemeteries

    Surname          THOMPSON
    Given names     James
    Died          9-Apr-1891
    Age          72
    Birth date
    Cemetery     Waverley
    Denomination     General
    Section          9 Select
    Row          11
    Grave          1055, 1056

    Inscription     Of Mt. Emu Plains Station, Hughenden, Qld. Died at Sydney. Erected by his wife
    SAGE Transr No:     14729.
  15. [S573] Mundia.com, online https:/www.mundia.com/, Burial: Buried In Waverley Cemetery, Sydney, Alongside His Son Burke Westwood Thompson Who Died From Illness Immediately After Returning To Australia From The Boer War. NOTE That The Grave Of Another James Bryce Thompson In Townsville Is That Of His Son.
  16. [S573] Mundia.com, online https:/www.mundia.com/,

    The following obituary for James Thompson appeared on page 4 of The Brisbane Courier dated Thursday 23 April 1891. As has been noted in blue, the writer was wrong about a number of material facts.

    Obituary: James Thompson

    The death of Mr. James Thompson, of Mount Emu Plains station, Hughenden, was recently recorded in our columns, having taken place at the Wentworth Hotel, Sydney, on the 9th instant. A correspondent supplies the following particular of the life of the deceased gentlemen, who was a very old colonist: " Mr. Thompson was born at Carnwath, Scotland, in 1819 [not seemingly supported by the official records in Scotland, although he perhaps spent some of his childhood there], and arrived in Victoria in 1841, where he at once entered into pastoral pursuits as overseer on Woodyallaok station, the property of Mr. De Vorney, where he remained for four years. He then entered into partnership with Mr. Charles Brown, and formed and named the well-known station of Glenamble [actually Glenample, which Thompson and Brown rented rather than owned], in the western district of Victoria. He carried on this station [the writer seems confused here by having forgotten that James owned Meadow Bank in Allansford after leaving Glenample] for many years, but disposed of his interest, and decided upon removing to the North of Queensland, where a great deal of new pastoral settlement was taking place at the time.

    With this object in view, he joined Messrs. Muirson and Jamieson under the name of Muirson and Co., and in 1862 purchased sheep from Mr. John McArthur, of Glenelg, Darling Downs, with which he travelled overland and formed the well-known station of Mount Emu Plains, on the extreme head of the Gulf of Carpentaria. The members of this firm were [among but not actually] the first settlers to occupy any portion of the Gulf country, and one of Mr. Thompson's sons was the first white child bom in the Gulf district. In 1871 Mr. Thompson purchased the interests of his partners in Mount Emu, and subsequently acquired the now equally well-known stations of Fairlight and Tarbrax, also on the waters of the Flinders, of which, together with Mount Emu, he retained possession up to the time of his death. Mr. Thompson was highly esteemed and respected throughout Northern Queensland."

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  17. [S573] Mundia.com, online https:/www.mundia.com/, Story: Obituary

    The following obituary to James Thompson appeared on page four of The Brisbane Courier on Thursday 23 April 1891:

    Obituary: James Thompson

    "The death of Mr. James Thompson, of Mount Emu Plains station, Hughenden, was recently recorded in our columns, having taken place at the Wentworth Hotel, Sydney, on the 9th. instant. A correspondent supplies the following particular of the life of the deceased gentleman, who was a very old colonist:

    'Mr. Thompson was born at Carnwath, Scotland, in 1819, and arrived in Victoria in 1841, where he at once entered into pastoral pursuits as overseer on Woodyyalloak station, the property of Mr. De Vorney, where he remained for four years. he then entered into partnership with Mr. Charles Brown, and formed and named the well-known station of Glenamble, in the western district of Victoria. He carried on this station for many years, but disposed of his interest, and decided upon removing to the North of Queensland, where a great deal of new pastoral settlement was taking place at the time.

    With this object in view, he joined Messrs. Muirson and Jamieson under the name of Muirson & Co., and in 1862 purchased sheep from Mr. John McArthur, of Glenelg, Darling Downs, with which he travelled overland and formed the well-known station of Mount Emu Plains, on the extreme head of the Gulf of Carpentaria. The members of this firm were the first settlers to occupy any portion of the Gulf country, and one of Mr. Thompson's sons was the first white child born in the Gulf district. In 1871 Mr. Thompson purchased the interests of his partners in Mount Emu, and subsequently acquired the now equally well-known stations of Fairlight and Tarbrax, also on the waters of the Flinders, of which, together with Mount Emu, he retained possession up to the time of his death. Mr. Thompson was highly esteemed and respected throughout Northern Queensland'.".

  18. [S573] Mundia.com, online https:/www.mundia.com/, Will: A Notice In The Queensland Government Gazette Dated 30 May 1903 Announced That, In The Absence Of Any Objections, Probate Of James Thompson's Will Would Be Granted To William Walter Voss Among Others.
  19. [S153] Unknown subject, Waverley & South Head General Cemeteries, James & Maria Thompson of Mt. Emu, Fairlight & Tarbrax Stations, Richmond, North Queensland.