Thomas Thompson (New Zealand politician)

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Thomas Thompson
Thomas Thompson, 1884.jpg
15th Minister of Justice
In office
2 March 1896 23 January 1900
Preceded by William Hall-Jones
Succeeded by James McGowan
Personal details
Died21 January 1919
New Zealand
Political party Liberal Party

Thomas Thompson (1832 – 21 January 1919) was a New Zealand politician of the Liberal Party.



Early life and career

Thompson was born in Ireland in 1832 where he was entered the grocery trade as a merchant. In 1853 he shifted to Australia during the gold rush in Victoria. Then he moved to Auckland in the 1860s and carried on a grocery business there. [1]

During the New Zealand Wars Thompson saw service with the volunteers in 1863. He received a commission as a lieutenant in 1867. [2]

In local matters Thompson served as a member of the Road Board, Domain Board and School Committee of Mount Eden. In 1878 he was elected a member of Auckland City Council, retaining his seat until 1884, also representing the Council on the Auckland Harbour Board. [2]

Member of Parliament

New Zealand Parliament
1884 1887 9th Auckland North Independent
1887 1890 10th Auckland North Independent
1890 1893 11th City of Auckland Liberal
1895 1896 12th City of Auckland Liberal
1896 1899 13th City of Auckland Liberal

He represented the Auckland North electorate from 1884 to 1890, then the City of Auckland electorate from 1890 to 1899, when he retired. [3]

He was Minister of Justice from 2 March 1896 to 23 January 1900 and Minister of Defence from 22 June 1896 to 23 January 1900 in the Liberal Government. [4]

He was appointed to the Legislative Council on 18 March 1903 and his appointment was renewed on 18 March 1910; his term ended on 17 March 1917. [5]

Later life and death

Thompson died in Mount Eden, Auckland, on 21 January 1919, [2] and was buried at Purewa Cemetery. [6]


  1. Hamer 1988, p. 367.
  2. 1 2 3 "Passing of old colonist". Auckland Star. 22 January 1919. p. 6. Retrieved 22 January 2016.
  3. Wilson 1985, p. 240.
  4. Wilson 1985, p. 73.
  5. Wilson 1985, p. 165.
  6. "Burial and cremation details". Purewa Cemetery & Crematorium. Retrieved 22 January 2016.

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Political offices
Preceded by
William Hall-Jones
Minister of Justice
Succeeded by
James McGowan