William George Thompson

M, #31683, b. 2 March 1863, d. 7 March 1953
William George THOMPSON
FatherWilliam Thompson
MotherIsabella Campbell d. 1920
Birth*2 March 1863William George Thompson was born on 2 March 1863 at Lurgan, Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland.1,2 
Immigration*1864He immigrated in 1864 to Queensland.3 
Military Service*between 1899 and 1901 Military Service between 1899 and 1901. 
Marriage*17 August 1901He married Mary Ellen Bancroft on 17 August 1901 at Queensland.4 
Occupation*1903William George Thompson was (an unknown value) in 1903.5  
Residence*1903He lived in 1903 at Rockhampton, Queensland.6 
Residence1913He lived in 1913 at The Range, Queensland.7 
Occupation1913He was (an unknown value) in 1913.8  
Event-Misc18 May 1921He was (an unknown value) on 18 May 1921 at Queensland.9  
Occupation1922He was (an unknown value) in 1922.10  
Residence1922He lived in 1922 at The Range, Queensland.11 
Event-Misc12 December 1922He was (an unknown value) on 12 December 1922 at Queensland.12 
Event-Misc*19 January 1923He was (an unknown value) on 19 January 1923 at Queensland.13 
Event-Misc6 December 1930He was (an unknown value) on 6 December 1930 at Queensland.14 
Death*7 March 1953He died on 7 March 1953 at Petersham, New South Wales, at age 90.15,16 
Obituary10 March 1953His obituary.17 
Event-Misc14 May 1953He was (an unknown value) on 14 May 1953 at Queensland.18 


Mary Ellen Bancroft b. 30 Jun 1880
Child 1.Eerste Thompson b. 2 Dec 1903


  1. [S168] Australian Biographies, online http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/adbonline.htm, Born 20Mar-1863
    Birthplace = Lurgan, Armagh, Ireland
    Father = William THOMPSON
    Mother = Isabella CAMPBELL.
  2. [S40] NSW BDM - Online, online http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/, Father = William Margaret
    Mother = Isabel.
  3. [S168] Australian Biographies, online http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/adbonline.htm, The family (William and parents) arrived at Keppel Bay, Queensland, in 1864.
  4. [S33] QLD Federation Index (1890-1914) BDM, QLD Federation Index (1890-1914) CD-ROM, Reg. No: 1901/002024
    Married 17-Aug-1901
    Marriage place = QLD.
  5. [S409] Electoral Roll - QLD - 1903, Electoral Roll - QLD - 1903, Occupation = merchant.
  6. [S409] Electoral Roll - QLD - 1903, Electoral Roll - QLD - 1903, Electoral Roll - 1903
    No:           5381
    Surname:      THOMPSON
    Given Names:      William George
    Place of Living:      Rodenbeck, Davis street
    Occupation:      merchant
    Sex:           Male
    Subdivision:      Rockhampton
    Division:           Capricornia
    ID:           52103.
  7. [S408] Electoral Roll - QLD - 1913, Electoral Roll - QLD - 1913, Electoral Roll - 1913
    No:           8470
    Surname:      THOMPSON
    Given Names:      William George
    Place of Living:      Chiswick, The Range
    Occupation:      merchant
    Sex:           Female
    Subdivision:      Rockhampton
    Division:           Capricornia
    ID:           67647.
  8. [S408] Electoral Roll - QLD - 1913, Electoral Roll - QLD - 1913, Occupation = merchant.
  9. [S485] TROVE Australia, online http://trove.nla.gov.au/, Public Notice

    Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, QLD.: 1878-1954)
    Wednesday 18 May 1921


    At a representative meeting of the General Executive of the National Democratic party the President, Mr. J W. Nuttall, took the opportunity of congratulating Mr. W. C. Thompson on the high military rank-that of bngndie general hich had been so deservedly conferred upon him by the Defence Department. The President pointed out the great amount of work which General Thompson had done in the interests of the Natonalist party and expressed the sincere hope that he would be long spared to continue the work which he had so much at heart. Mr. J. Cullen, in supporting the President, said that he had been a fellow campaigner of General Thompson's and testified to his ability as a leader and administrator in the South African War and to his services in the late war. He said that the military record of General Thompson which was recently published had come as a great surprise to many of he General's most intimate friends. Although they knew something of the work he which he had done on behalf of the military forces, they had no idea of the vast scope which those duties had covered. Rockhampton in particular, and Queensland in general, was very proud of the great record of General Thompson. Mr. F. H. M'Carthy, in supporting the remarks of the previous speaker, expressed,
    on behalf of the supporters of the Nationalist party in Mount Morgan, their high appreciation of General Thompson's work both in the military and political spheres. He said that they always knew where they stood with him, as he knew what he wanted and his advice on matters appertaining to the interests of the party was always sound and to the point. The General undoubtedly had a great record, of which he might justly be proud, and in this connection his associations with the Mount Morgan Company covering many years, had always been of the best. General Thompson, in reply, thanked the members for their kindly references to himself and assured them that he would ever strive to work, for the great cause of the Nationalist party, knowing that by so doing he was working, not only for the good of Australia, but also for the benefit of the whnole of the British Empire.
  10. [S407] Electoral Roll - QLD - 1922, Electoral Roll - QLD - 1922, Occupation = merchant.
  11. [S407] Electoral Roll - QLD - 1922, Electoral Roll - QLD - 1922, Electoral Roll - 1922
    No:           5407
    Surname:      THOMPSON
    Given Names:     William George
    Place of Living:      Chiswick, The Range
    Occupation:      merchant
    Sex:           Male
    Subdivision:      Fitzroy
    Division:           Capricornia
    ID:           60747.
  12. [S485] TROVE Australia, online http://trove.nla.gov.au/, Public Notice

    The Brisbane Courier (QLD.: 1864-1933)
    Tuesday 12 December 1922


    Colonel W. G. Thompson, one of the
    four Nationalist candidates for the
    Senate, arrived in Brisbane yesterday by
    the Bombala from Townsville. In the
    North he addressed meetings at Mackay,
    Townsville, Charters Towers, Cairns, and
    Gordonvale, and he found public feel-
    ing absolutely in sympathy with the
    aspirations of the Nationalist candidates.
    He feels satisfied that he corrceted,
    to a large extent, the recommendation
    of the Northern Country Party to give
    the No. 1 vote to Mr. Peterson. It is
    considered necessary to vote the solid
    National ticket, and Colonel Thompson
    feels assured that that will now be done,
    as a general thing, in the North. The
    prospects of the National candidates there
    he ragards as particularly good, and even
    Captain Newland is now believed to have
    a good fighting chance against the
    verteran Charles M'Donald.

    It is teh desire of the executive of the
    N.D.C. that General Thompson whall re-
    main in or near the metropolis and
    assist at National meetings till polling
    day. Last night he spoke at Cleverland
    with Mr. W. H. Barnes, M.L.A., and to-
    morrow night he will speak at Harris-
  13. [S485] TROVE Australia, online http://trove.nla.gov.au/, Public Notice

    The Brisbane Courier (QLD.: 1864-1933)
    Friday 19 January 1923


    ROCKHAMPTON, January 18
    At a meeting of the Chamber of Com-
    merce this afternoon the president (Mr.
    R. W. Evans) stated that they doubtless
    knew that General W. G. Thompson had
    been elected to the Senate. He was an
    ex-president of the Chamber, and had
    proved himself a capable member. He
    thought that they sould congratulate
    him on his return, not because he was
    returned as a member of the Nationalst
    Party, but because of his connection
    with the Chamber. Even if he had been
    returned as a member of either the Coun-
    try or Labour Parties he thought they
    should congratulate him. Several mem-
    bers spoke, and it was decided to send
    a congratulatoiry message on behald of th
    the Chamber.
  14. [S485] TROVE Australia, online http://trove.nla.gov.au/, Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, QLD.: 1878-1954)
    Saturday 6 December 1930


    Telegraphing to a friend yesterday
    Senator W. G. Thompson stated that
    he hopes to arrive in Rockhampton on
    the 15th instant for a short stay. From
    this it would appear that Senator
    Thompson has recovered fully from his
    recent illness.
  15. [S168] Australian Biographies, online http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/adbonline.htm, Died 7-Mar-1953
    Deathplace = Peterhsam, NSW.
  16. [S40] NSW BDM - Online, online http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/, Reg. No:          3276/1953
    Surname          THOMPSON
    Given names     William George
    Father          William Margaret
    Mother          Isabel
    District          Patersham, NSW.
  17. [S485] TROVE Australia, online http://trove.nla.gov.au/, OBITUARY

    Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, QLD.: 1878-1954)
    Tuesday 10 March 1953

    Brigadier-General W. G. Thompson
    With the death in Sydney on Saturday of Brigadier General W. G. Thompson, Victoria Decoration, RVO (Sweden), Rockhampton lost one of its oldest and most dis- tinguished citizens.

    General Thompson, who was born on March 2, 1863, at Lurgan, Armagh, Northern Ireland, arrived in Rockhampton as an infant 14 months later. His parents made their home in North Rockhampton and in due course he attended the North Rockhampton State School, supplementing his studies later by attending night classes conducted by a classical master then on the staff of the Rockhampton School.

    General Thompson started work at 11 as office boy at the mercantile house of W. Jackson. He remained with the firm until its dissolution in 1886 and then set up for himself under the style of W. G. Thompson and Co., bonded warehousemen, with secretary- ships, auditing and general Commission business as sidelines.

    Some of the principal secretaryships were those of the Rockhampton General Hospital and the Rockhampton Jockey Club. General Thomp son was one of the stoutest advocates for shifting the racecourse from West to North Rockhampton and had to fight a municipal election on the issue.

    In 1890 General Thompson was Mayor of North Rockhampton. It was a worrying year for local authorities in Rockhampton and district, first by reason of the subsidence of the Fitzroy Bridge and the necessity of pressing upon the Government the seriousness of the situation.

    Then Rockhampton had other troubles. The maritime strike of 1890 threw responsibilities on everyone in public life, to ensure that the community would be fed and its services maintained.

    The Mayor of North Rockhampton was one of those who took off his coat to ensure that the ships were unloaded and kept moving, for in those days there was no alternative transport.

    The following year, as a junior captain in the Mounted Infantry, he was ordered with his company to the West where their presence was considered necessary for the protection of life and property.

    Apart from civic affairs General Thompson showed a keen interest in politics. He unsuccessfully contested the Keppel seat against Mr J. Larcombe, and upon the death of Mr John Adamson he secured nomination in the Nationalist Senate team and went in at the election of 1922.

    For the next 10 years he sat as a senator and was a staunch advocate for Central Queensland, especially the development of its coal resources.

    He was a member of the Parliamentary mission sent to Canada in 1928 and upon the recall of General Glasgow he took over leadership of the mission.

    From a youth General Thompson had shown a keen interest in soldiering, and in 1889 he joined the Queensland Infantry as a private. Col. G A. French, Royal Artillery, was O.C.

    He had attained the rank of acting captain when the shearers' strike in 1891 compelled the calling out of the military to support the civil power. He was placed in charge of troops in the Clermont district.

    In 1896 he was one of Queensland's two representatives sent in the Australian contingent to England with other colonial troops to commemorate the 60th year of Queen Victoria's reign.

    The Boer War broke out in 1899 and General Thompson (then captain) was placed second in command of the second Queensland contingent to go to South Africa. He left Rockhampton on Christmas night 1899 after an historic march through the city and a farewell dinner at the School of Arts.

    He was 13 times in action on the Veldt. There was no system of reinforcements at the time and wastage of war reduced the strength of the second Queensland to a subaltern's command. General Thompson was then appointed magistrate of the High Court of Pretoria, where, with two other magistrates, he administered martial law. Pretoria, at that time, was a Boer city.

    When World War I broke out General Thompson was 52, two years above the age which permitted appointment to the field. He was given charge of the largest training camp in Queensland, the Exhibition Grounds, Brisbane, and afterwards spent 18 months com- manding troops at sea in convoy work and sea transport.

    Before the outbreak of World War II he was retired with the rank of Brigadier General and since then had no military experience except in connexion with ceremonial parades.

    His decorations include Queen Victoria's Decoration, 1899, the Queen's Medal with three clasps, two service medals for World War I, and King George and Queen Mary's Jubilee medal. King Gustav, of Sweden, awarded him the decoration of Chevalier (1st class) of the Royal Order of Vasa. This was the equivalent in Sweden and on the Continent of a British knighthood, and was bestowed in recognition of services rendered as vice-consul for Sweden at Rockhampton over many years.

    General Thompson retired from business in 1925, but con- tinued to show a keen interest in Rockhampton's institutions and progress. He was president of the Rockhampton Chamber of Commerce for a total period of 16 years and was president of the Rockhampton branch of the Red Cross Society.

    He was chairman of the Bluff Colliery Co. and also of the Central Queensland Coal Board. He was a foundation member of the Rockhampton Club.

    General Thompson was the driving force behind the formation of a branch of the Protestant Alliance Friendly Society at North Rockhampton. In December, 1881, he called a meeting of all interested in the establishment of of a second branch of the society in Rockhampton.

    Before the end of that year John Knox Lodge No. 17 was formed and General Thompson became the first secretary. He held this position for three years. He also represented the lodge at the early Grand Council sessions of the society.

    Several years ago he left Rockhampton and has since resided in Sydney.
  18. [S485] TROVE Australia, online http://trove.nla.gov.au/, News Item

    Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld.: 1878-1954)
    Thursday 14 May 1953

    Late General W. G. Thompson
    A step towards carrying out the wish of the late General W G. Thompson that his ashes should find a last resting place in Rockhampton was taken at the meeting of the City Council last night.
    General Thompson, who died in Sydney of March 7 last, aged 90 years, was regarded as one of Rockhampton's oldest' and most distinguished citizens. He was brought to Rockhampton as an infant in arms in 1864, received his schooling here and devoted a lifetime to the affairs of the community.
    Lady Nellie Thompson, writing from Sydney, sought the Mayor's assistance in arranging for her husband's ashes to be placed in some suitable place or position where his memory would live forever.' She asked that the Mayor confer with the secretaries of the Returned Soldiers' League and Red Cross Society, the presidents of the Chamber of Commerce and Athelstane Bowling Club, and Mr. Dunn, of the "Morning Bulletin."
    "My husband," she continued, ”often expressed the wish that his remains should go to Rockhampton, where all his kith and kin are buried. He lived his life in Rockhampton and his heart never left it. His whole life was given up and de- voted to the people and prosperity of Rockhampton."
    The council authorised the Mayor (Mr. R. B. Pilbeam) to call together the persons referred to.