Victor Charles Thompson

M, #48210, b. 10 September 1885, d. 11 May 1968
Victor Charles THOMPSON
FatherCharles Thompson
MotherMary A Lewis
Biography*between 1885 and 1968Victor Charles Thompson Biography.1  
Birth*10 September 1885He was born on 10 September 1885 at Newtown, New South Wales.2,3,4 
Marriage*1907He married Emma Minnie Elizabeth Bell in 1907 at Campbelltown, New South Wales.5 
Residence*1913Victor Charles Thompson lived in 1913 at East Tamworth, New South Wales.6 
Occupation*1913He was (an unknown value) in 1913.7  
Employment*between 1922 and 1940He was employed between 1922 and 1940.8  
Event-Misc*5 December 1928He was (an unknown value) on 5 December 1928 at New South Wales.9  
Event-Misc13 February 1931He was (an unknown value) on 13 February 1931 at New South Wales.10 
Event-Misc8 October 1937He was (an unknown value) on 8 October 1937 at New South Wales.11 
Death*11 May 1968He died on 11 May 1968 at Burwood, New South Wales, at age 82.12,13 


Emma Minnie Elizabeth Bell b. 8 Nov 1885, d. 24 Nov 1959
Children 1.Dorothy Belle Thompson b. 1908, d. 16 Feb 2011
 2.Alice Ena Thompson b. 1909, d. 1949
 3.Ella Annie Thompson b. 10 Oct 1914, d. 1918


  1. [S168] Australian Biographies, online, 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.
  2. [S13] NSW Pioneers (1788-1888) BDM, NSW Pioneers (1788-1888) CD-ROM, Reg. No: 8594
    Born 1885
    Registered at Newtown, NSW
    Father = Charles
    Mother = Mary A.
  3. [S40] NSW BDM - Online, online, Father = Charles
    Mother = Marion.
  4. [S168] Australian Biographies, online, Born 10-Sep-1885
    Birthplace = Sydney, NSW
    Father = Charles THOMPSON
    Mother = Mary Annie LEWIS.
  5. [S27] NSW Federation BDM (1889-1918), NSW Federation (1889-1918) CD ROM, Reg. No: 7315
    Married 1905
    Registered at Campbelltown, NSW.
  6. [S531] Electoral Roll - 1913, NSW Electoral Roll-1913, 1913 NSW Electoral Roll
    District          Tamworth
    Polling Station     Tamworth
    No:          3028
    Surname          THOMPSON
    Given names     Victor Charles
    Residence     White Street
    Occupation     journalist.
  7. [S531] Electoral Roll - 1913, NSW Electoral Roll-1913, Occupation = journalist.
  8. [S411] Wikipedia, online, 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.
  9. [S485] TROVE Australia, online, Public Notice

    The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879-1954)
    Wednesday D december 1928


    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.'''
  10. [S485] TROVE Australia, online, The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW :1842-1954)
    Friday 13 February 1931


    TAMWORTH, Thursday
    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."
  11. [S485] TROVE Australia, online, The Syney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954)
    Friday 8 October 1937

    GUYRA, Thursday

    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
  12. [S40] NSW BDM - Online, online, Reg. No:           22392/1968
    Surname          THOMPSON
    Given names     Victor Charles
    Father          Charles
    Mother          Marion
    District          Burwood, NSW.
  13. [S168] Australian Biographies, online, Died 11-May-1968
    Deathplace = Ashfield, NSW.