Victor Charles Thompson
M, #48210, b. 10 September 1885, d. 11 May 1968
Victor Charles THOMPSON
|Biography*||between 1885 and 1968||Victor Charles Thompson Biography.1 |
|Birth*||10 September 1885||He was born on 10 September 1885 at Newtown, New South Wales.2,3,4 |
|Marriage*||1907||He married Emma Minnie Elizabeth Bell in 1907 at Campbelltown, New South Wales.5 |
|Residence*||1913||Victor Charles Thompson lived in 1913 at East Tamworth, New South Wales.6 |
|Occupation*||1913||He was (an unknown value) in 1913.7 |
|Employment*||between 1922 and 1940||He was employed between 1922 and 1940.8 |
|Event-Misc*||5 December 1928||He was (an unknown value) on 5 December 1928 at New South Wales.9 |
|Event-Misc||13 February 1931||He was (an unknown value) on 13 February 1931 at New South Wales.10 |
|Event-Misc||8 October 1937||He was (an unknown value) on 8 October 1937 at New South Wales.11 |
|Death*||11 May 1968||He died on 11 May 1968 at Burwood, New South Wales, at age 82.12,13 |
- [S168] Australian Biographies, online http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/adbonline.htm, BIOGRAPHY
Thompson, Charles Victor (1885–1968)
by John Atchison
This article was published in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 12, (MUP), 1990
Charles Victor Thompson (1885-1968), journalist and politician, was born on 10 September 1885 in Sydney, son of Charles Thompson, carpenter, and his wife Mary Annie, née Lewis, both native-born. Educated at Cleveland Street and other public schools, he became a journalist. After experience in 1903-10 at Narrabri, Murwillumbah and Albury, he joined the Tamworth Daily Observer in 1911 as senior reporter and, within months, was appointed editor. Over the next decade Thompson emerged as a skilled advocate of rural development. He transformed the Observer into the regional morning Northern Daily Leader, the principal newspaper of north-west New South Wales.
From 1919 Thompson was chief inspirer and organizer of the Northern New State Movement in New South Wales; he was secretary of the New State League and of its provisional executive committee. He launched the movement at Tamworth in 1920 and, in the tide of secessionist fervour, organized the first convention at Armidale in April 1921. General secretary of the All-Australia New State Movement and influential at its Albury convention, he also edited the New State Magazine. With (Sir) Earle Page, Thompson was significant in tying provincial newspaper support to the emerging Country Party.
In December 1922 he won the Federal seat of New England for the Country Party. He was chairman of the party's parliamentary propaganda committee and edited its Journal. A member (1926-27) of the joint select committee on Commonwealth electoral law and procedure, while president of the Australian Tobacco Growers Association he chaired the 1929-30 select committee on the tobacco growing industry. In 1934-37 he was party whip and parliamentary secretary; in 1937-40 he was minister without portfolio, variously assisting the treasurer and the ministers for repatriation, the interior, and commerce.
Compromise with the strong vested interests controlling political processes troubled Thompson; as secretary of the Federal Parliamentary New States Committee, he believed that there was 'no party flavour about this great national project'. In 1936 he had attacked the divisional organization of the Country Party and felt that the self-government movements should not have merged with it. He was unseated at the 1940 election by Joseph Palmer Abbott, former president of the Graziers' Association of New South Wales, who had Country Party endorsement.
Thompson returned to Tamworth to edit the Leader. A director and one of its largest shareholders, he moved in 1953 to Strathfield, Sydney, from where he wrote leading articles, not only on the New State movement for which his passion never abated, but also on the border rivers and Darling basin schemes. He retired from the Leader's board in 1965. During a fifty-seven-year association with the paper, he contributed over 15,000 articles.
On 24 June 1907 at Campbelltown Methodist parsonage, New South Wales, Thompson had married Emma Minnie Elizabeth Bell. Survived by their daughter, he died at Ashfield on 11 May 1968 and was cremated with Anglican rites.
- [S13] NSW Pioneers (1788-1888) BDM, NSW Pioneers (1788-1888) CD-ROM, Reg. No: 8594
Registered at Newtown, NSW
Father = Charles
Mother = Mary A.
- [S40] NSW BDM - Online, online http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/, Father = Charles
Mother = Marion.
- [S168] Australian Biographies, online http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/adbonline.htm, Born 10-Sep-1885
Birthplace = Sydney, NSW
Father = Charles THOMPSON
Mother = Mary Annie LEWIS.
- [S27] NSW Federation BDM (1889-1918), NSW Federation (1889-1918) CD ROM, Reg. No: 7315
Registered at Campbelltown, NSW.
- [S531] Electoral Roll - 1913, NSW Electoral Roll-1913, 1913 NSW Electoral Roll
Polling Station Tamworth
Given names Victor Charles
Residence White Street
- [S531] Electoral Roll - 1913, NSW Electoral Roll-1913, Occupation = journalist.
- [S411] Wikipedia, online https://en.wikipedia.org/, From Wikipedia
Victor Charles Thompson (10 September 1885 – 11 May 1968) was an Australian politician.
Thompson was elected to the Australian House of Representatives seat of New England at the 1922 election, representing the Country Party of Australia. He was a Minister without portfolio in the fourth Lyons ministry and the Page ministry from November 1937 until April 1940. He lost his seat at the September 1940 election to another member of the Country Party, Joe Abbott.
- [S485] TROVE Australia, online http://trove.nla.gov.au/, Public Notice
The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879-1954)
Wednesday D december 1928
CHANGES IN MINISTRY
Mr. Thompson's Views.
SYDNEY, Dec. 4. - Mr. Thompson, M.H.R. for New Endand, speaking at Tamworth to-day, referred to the reply of the Prime Minister (Mr. Bruce) to his (Mr. Xliompson's) remarks regard ing the retirement from the Ministry of Mr. Hill, Mr. Thompson said that the object of his criticism was to banish the impression that Mr. Hill had not been a success in his position as Minister for Works and Railways.
"'Personally," said Mr. Thompson, "I do not think that Mr. Hill was in so great a hurry to retire as to wish to leave his party colleagues in the dark about his intentions. He has always been on the best of terms with the members of the party, and I feel sure that had he been invited to do so he would have continued in office a month or two longer to give the party time to consider the position. Mr. Bruce is riight when he says that I spoke under a complete misapprehension. It is not surprising that I should do so, considering that the elections were not over more than a week before changes in the Ministry of great consequence to the Country Party were trumpeted in the metropolitan Press. It is significant that within a week of the beginning of this trumpeting all the changes forecast took place, yet the rank and file of the Country Party scattered all over Australia had no opportunity of meeting to discuss the position.'''
- [S485] TROVE Australia, online http://trove.nla.gov.au/, The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW :1842-1954)
Friday 13 February 1931
Mr. V. C. THOMPSON'S CRITICISM
Referring to the new electoral boundaries,
Mr. V. C. Thompson, M. P., said that the
Commission had "made a job" of New Eng-
land. There was no community interest, he
said, between the northern portions and the
extreme southern portions just added. The
only explanation was that the quota of 50,000
for country electorates had to be secured. It
was time that country people put up a fight
against unequal electoral quotas.
"To my mind," added Mr. Thompson, "New
England has been deprived of its traditional
characteristics, and is no longer an electorate
with a reasonable community of interest."
- [S485] TROVE Australia, online http://trove.nla.gov.au/, The Syney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954)
Friday 8 October 1937
MR. V. C. THOMPSON AT GUYRA
Mr. V. C. Thompson, M.P., a Country Party
candidate for new England, said at a meeting
at Guyra that the Lyons-Page Government
had made tariff a dead issue. The duty
on two-thirds of the items had been reduced,
affording general relief. The Government
had also restored friendly trade relations with
overseas countries; reduced Federal taxation
by half; invalid, old-age, and war pensions
had been increased, and £11,5000,000 had been
provided for defence. The Lyons-Page Gov-
ernment intended spending the money equally
on the army and navy and air force. It
would provide 'planes and build them in
- [S40] NSW BDM - Online, online http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/, Reg. No: 22392/1968
Given names Victor Charles
District Burwood, NSW.
- [S168] Australian Biographies, online http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/adbonline.htm, Died 11-May-1968
Deathplace = Ashfield, NSW.