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William Thompson, was a Freemason and Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of New South Wales 1914-1924. He is listed in the records of the West Wyalong Masonic Lodge as the brother of lodge member, Frank Thompson, on the occasion of the laying of the foundation stone for the West Wyalong Masonic Lodge on 1st September 1923. Only one Frank Thompson is on the list of Masons at the lodge at that time.
William Thompson (22 January 1862 – 6 October 1937) was born in Queanbeyan to surveyor James Banford Thompson and Margaret Carroll. From 1878 to 1885 he was a clerk in the Colonial Architect's office, before becoming a quantity surveyor and moving to Ryde in 1898. On 4 March 1885 he had married Florence Single, with whom he had two children. He owned a horse farm on the Hawkesbury River and was a founder of the William Thompson Masonic School at Baulkham Hills NSW, which operated from 1922 to 1972, and the New South Wales Masonic Schools Welfare Fund which continues to assist indigent youth. He was a Freemason and Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of New South Wales 1914-1924. In 1913 he was elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly as the Liberal member for Ryde, serving until his retirement in 1920. Thompson died at Ashfield in 1937.
William Thompson was the son of
James Banford Thompson and Margaret Carroll
James Banford Thompson (1832 – 18 November 1901) was an Irish-born Australian politician.
He was born in Fintona, County Tyrone, to postmaster William Thompson and Jane Jeffries. His family migrated to Australia around 1836. He worked as a licensed surveyor, and on 11 February 1861 married Margaret Catherine Carroll; they would have twelve children (William, Archibald, Thomas, Mary, Jane, James, Elizabeth, Frank, Margaret, and 3 others who died at birth or soon after. In 1877 he was elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for Queanbeyan, serving until his resignation in 1881. He later worked as a government land valuer. Thompson died at Ryde in 1901.
Margaret Catherine Carroll
Margaret Catherine Carroll was the daughter of James Carroll, who died in Queanbeyan, 2 Jun 1869, age 54 yrs. James was the brother of Timothy Carroll, died in Queanbeyan, 12 Sep 1858, age 65 yrs
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