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Families featured
Robert Thomson, William and Margaret Thomson, Francis Thompson, George Chambers Thompson, James Thompson,
Robert and Elizabeth Thompson, Thomas Thompson, Walker Thompson, William and Agnes Thompson, William and Esther Thompson,


Robert Thomson

Robert Thomson from Scotland wed 1876 #3444 to Priscilla Panther and lived at Raglan
6 Children 1. Mary Ann Thomson 1876 #25216 - 1878 #6487 lived 1 year
2. Agnes Thomson 1878 #18287
3. William Thomson 1880 #24536 - 1881 #2488 lived 5 months
4. James Thompson 1882 #4719
5. Robert Thomson 1885 #28143
6. Selina Thomson 1887 #22878 - 1887 #3757 lived 1 year
2. Agnes Thomson 1878 #18287 wed 28 Dec 1898 to George McNish

William Thomson

William Thomson/Thompson came c1853 to Victoria with children and Margaret Paterson, and lived at Portland
2 children 1. Samuel 1846 - 1855 #4952 died aged 9
2. Samuel 1855 #8180
2. Samuel Thomson 1855 #8180 wed 1885 #3974 to Mary Terrill 1857 #2945 born at Bridgewater
8 children 1. Margt Patterson Thomson 1880 #10860
2. William Thomson 1881 #18528
3. Mary Rose Thomson 1883 #4601
4. Samuel Thomson 1884 #19430
5. Martha Elizabeth Thomson 1886 #5224
6. Lindsay Thomson 1887 #30902
7. Unknown child c1890
8. Edith Isabella Thomson 1892
8. Edith Isabella Dusting nee Thomson 1892 wed 1919 #7954 to Wilfred Hy Addison 1890 #1912 - 1960 #6087 aged 70. Edith Isabella Dusting appears to be Edith Isabella Addison 1892 - 1932 #10218 aged 40 daughter of Mary Terrill and Samuel Thomson died at Portland

Francis Thompson

Francis Thompson and Margaret Mullins came c1875 and lived at Seymour
9 Children 1. Elizabeth Thompson 1872 #12168R lived 4 years
2. Margaret Thompson 1874 #12200
3. Frances Amelia Thompson 1876 #5390
4. Unnamed Male Thompson 1877 #19028
5. Margaret Ellen Thompson 1880 #12084
6. Francis Thompson 1881 #20666
7. Mary Thompson 1883 #20841
8. Eliza Thompson 1886 #15006
9. John James Thompson 1888 #19095
3. Frances Amelia Thompson 1876 #5390 - 1943 #9415 aged 67, born at Seymour, died at Fitzroy, wed 1896 #3024 to George Herbert Foster Dunlevey 1871 - 1946 #22960 aged 75 son of Emma Foster and James Dunlevey, died at Geelong, 2 children

George Chambers Thompson

George Chambers Thompson and Jane came c1852 and lived at Beechworth
1 Child 1. Geo Henry Chambers Thompson 1853 #18258 baptised at St James Church of England, Melbourne, only child born in Australia
1. Geo Henry Chambers Thompson 1853 #18258 wed 1877 #2231 to Alice Priscilla Elmer 1856 #12871 - 1895 #8123 aged 35. Family lived at Beechworth
Geo Henry Chambers Thompson wed 1896 #6799 to Mary Rickards
2 Children 1. Beatrice Thompson 1884 #7231
2. Walt Ernest Thompson 1889 #719

James Thompson

James Thompson came c1855 with Jane Irvine and lived at Barkers Creek, Echuca
9 Children 1. Annie Thompson 1855 - 1898 #12905 aged 40
2. Elizabeth Thompson 1856 #5868
3. Agnes Sarah Thompson 1858 #18856
4. Joseph Thompson 1861 #9652
5. Abraham Thompson 1863 #13133
6. Jane Thompson 1866 #8051
7. James Thompson 1868 #15967
8. David Thompson 1870 #22858
9. Robert Henry Thompson 1873 #2178
1. Annie Thompson 1858 - 1898 #12905 aged 40, daughter of Mary Chambers and William Thompson possibly born before her parents arrived in Victoria wed 1878 #4078 to Edward Thomas Snow 1855 #9872 - 1916 #2098 aged 59,
2. Agnes Sarah Thompson 1858 #18856 wed 1878 #775 to Charles Luxford

Robert Thompson

Robert Thompson of Mt Duneed, wed 1877 #1222 to Elizabeth Omega Miller lived at Ballarat
7 Children 1. James Robert Thompson 1877 #12927
2. William Frederick Thompson 1879 #20653 - 1879 #9622 lived 3 months
3. William Thompson 1880 #20151 - 1885 #257 lived 4 years
4. Edith Margaret Thompson 1883 #364
5. Elizabeth Ellen Thompson 1884 #22211
6. Isabella Mabel Thompson 1886 #7833
7. Richard Henry Thompson 1888 #8575
6. Mabel Isobel Thompson 1886 #7833 born at Ballarat wed 1910 #4285 to Charles Vincent Eyre

Thomas Thompson

Unconfirmed details
Thomas Thompson was born 1843 at West Hartlepool, on the east coast at Tees Bay in Cleveland, UK. He was an engine driver on the local Stockton to Darlington train line and is said to have driven Stevenson's Rocket. He developed TB and migrated to the healthier climate of southern NSW, where he was employed as a customs officer, collecting excise on logs being floated to sawmills at Echuca or taken to Wilcannia by barges to be carried by wagons to Broken Hill for the mines. He died from pneumonia in 1877.
Thomas Thompson's association with trains led me to the story of England's first railway line and the first steam train.
In 1822, while planning a rail link from the Stockton coal mine to the Darlington port (about 10 miles), the directors decided to use steam instead of animal traction.
Robert Stephenson 1803 - 1859, the only son of George Stephenson 1781 - 1852, specialised in railway bridges, cuttings and tunnels.
Father and son first worked together in the survey for this line, which opened on 27 Sept 1825. The first public passenger steam train in the world was drawn by George Stephenson's engine called 'Active' and later renamed 'Locomotion', which is now preserved at bank Top station, Darlington.
The single-flue boiler design was improved to a multiple fire-tube boiler he used in the 'Rocket', which in 1829 won the Liverpool to Manchester contest and is now preserved in the Science Museum, London.
Engineers had new problems to solve - for example Blenkinsop's patent for fish-bellied rolled-iron edge rails replaced cast iron rails in 1829.

Selina Annie Smith was born 17 Mar 1856, eldest daughter of Miss Cook and William Smith who wed in 1854-5 and lived at Dunstable, Bedfordshire before migrating to Melbourne on the Duncastle in 1859 with their 3 daughters. In 1860 the mother and two younger girls died.
Thomas Thompson 1843 - 1877 wed second half of 1873 at Echuca ref 2546 to Selina Annie Smith 17 Mar 1856, the children were born at Moama.
3 Children 1. John Arthur Thompson 27 Sep 1874 wed Leonie Beaupeurt.
2. Walter Thompson 1876
3. Thomas Albert Thompson 1877
Selina was a highly respected nurse. She bought medical books and taught herself, so she would have a better understanding of the diseases she encountered - there were few doctors in inland towns.
Selina wed 1886 ref 4497 in Victoria to Thomas Holmes, who died in 1889. In 1888 the family moved to a homestead lease of 10,240 acres in the Western Division they called Wee Elwan. In an account probably written by Walter, 'we carried on. Each year we cleared several acres. My elder brother trained our homegrown steers to be a bullock team. We had about 3500 sheep in 1899, and leased land beyond Hillston. Then we lost all but about 800.'
From on Tue, 3 Jun 2003 and 12 Dec 2004
I have a photocopy from the parish registers (St Peter's, Dunstable, Bedfordshire) of the record of Selina Annie Smith's baptism (Apr 27 1856). Her parents were William Arnold Smith and Anne Cook.
I also have a photocopy from the Dunstable parish register of the marriage record for William Arnold Smith and Anne Cook (Jan 1 1854).
The history of the Smith/Cook side of the family is very interesting in its own right, but very hard to trace through the BMD records because of the common names involved!
12 Dec 2004 - We visited the Orange cemetery and tracked down a few Thompson graves, including Selina Annie's. At some point we intend cleaning it up and repainting the gold in the letters - the writing has almost completely vanished and is very hard to read.

Walker Thompson

Walker Thompson 1832 - 1886 #13748 aged 54, son of George Thompson, wed 1863 #1059 to Mary Tidyman and lived at Beechworth then Melbourne
4 Children 1. Mary Louisa Phelps Thompson 1867 #20175
2. Henry Tidyman Thompson 1872 #10343
3. Thomas Christoph Thompson died 1877 #11855 aged 5 weeks
4. Ethel Hancock Va Thompson 1882 #4083
Hy Tidyman Thompson 1872 #10343 wed 1909 #7269 to Hilda Louisa Tivendale 1883 #17983 - 1962 #831 aged 78, and lived at Beechworth
3 children 1. Ernt Geo Thompson 1912 #17472
2. Dorothy Hilda Thompson 1915 #665
3. Beryl Louise Thompson 1920 #617

Contact is on Sat, 15 Nov 2003, naming the eldest child.
1. Henry Walker Thompson, born at Beechworth on 13 October 1910 (Registry No 24859/10)
2. Ernest Thompson died about 30 years ago,
3. Dorothy Thompson and 4. Beryl Thompson are both alive and living in northern NSW.

William Thompson

William Thompson wed 1857 #3092 to Agnes Todd and lived at Ballarat
7 Children 1. William Daniel Thompson 1858 #11844
2. Thomas William Thompson 1860 #13443
3. John Henry Thompson1862 #12311
4. George Thompson 1864 #13173
5. Anna Thompson 1866 #12882
6. Sarah Ann Thompson 1868 #21260
7. Agnes Eliza Thompson 1872 #21195
1. William Daniel Thompson 1858 #11844 wed 1882 #3506 to Sarah Ann Bosher
3 Children 1. Florence Finetta Thompson 1883 #6852
2. Harold Stanley Thompson 1885 #23020 lived 4 months
3. Edith Winifred Thompson 1887 #491
2. Thomas William Thompson 1860 #13443 wed 1885 #345 to Annie Georgina Gunn
1st Child 1. Albert George Thompson 1888 #8342
3. John Henry Thompson wed 1885 #3227 to Isabella Norton and lived at Seymour
3 Children 1. Hilda Margaret Thompson 1886 #7652
2. Isabella Victoria Thompson 1887 #31313
3. Eva Agnes Thompson (Thomson) 1892 - 1975 #15236 aged 83,
3. Eva Agnes Thompson (Thomson) 1892 - 1975 #15236 aged 83, daughter of Isabella Norton and John Thompson, wed 1914 #10133 to Norman Wyatt Yeo 1886 #15521 - 1950 #5763 aged 63, 2 Children

William Thompson

William Thompson was joined June 1857 via the Black Eagle by Esther Jane Lodge and 5 chn, who came as Assisted British Immigrants, and lived at Ballarat
9 Children 1. Laura F Thompson 16, c1840
2. Esther Thompson 11, c1845
3. William Thompson 10, c1847
4. Sarah E Thompson 6, c1850
5. Thomas Thompson 4, c1852
6. Catherine Harriet Thompson 1858 #6449
7. Emily Adelaide Thompson 1861 #19879
8. Charles Frederick Thompson 1863 #18643
9. Alice Mccausland Thompson 1865 #2000 - 1875 #432 lived 9 years
1. Laura Frances Thompson 16, c1840 wed 1873 #2446 to George Greig from Sydney
4. Sarah Eizabeth Thompson 6, c1850 wed 1874 #3683 to Richard Boyd from Dublin and lived at Avoca
6 children 1. Mabel Evelyn Boyd 1875 #13550 - 1876 #84 lived 10 months
2. Jane Elizabeth Boyd 1877 #6333
3. John Joseph Boyd 1878 - 1878 #10273 lived 6?
4. Richard Edmund Boyd 1880 #129
5. Bertrand Boyd 1884 #6724
6. Ellen Ilfred Boyd 1887 #217
3. Charles Frederick Thompson 1863 #18643 wed 1884 #1364 to Sarah Ann Tout and lived in Melbourne
3 Children 1. Chas Wm Thomas Thompson 1885 #4180 - 1886 #10075 lived 1 year
2. Thomas Wm Chas Thompson 1886 #27769
3. Sarah Louisa Thompson 1888 #22459


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