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26 September 1846, Launceston Examiner (Tas. : 1842 - 1899), page 4

…The Thompson Family Cornelius Thompson Birth: 1843, in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland Father:   George Thompson Mother: Christiana Little (Kidd) Thompson Education: Marischal College and University of Aberdeen Married (1st): Grace Frost on 21 December 1865, in Old Machar, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland Children: Grace Thompson (1867 - 1934) Alice Thompson (1869 - 1940) Married (2nd): Agnes Marion Williamson on 12 July 1870, in Old Machar, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland Children: George Keith Thompson (1871 - 1879) Walter Hood Thompson (1873 - 1938) Muriel Annie Thompson (1875 - 1939) Frank Thompson (1876 - 1876) Oscar Stephen Thompson (1877 - 1937) Harold George Thompson (1881 - 1886) Occupation: Ship owner and designer Cornelius was a…

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THE DAMASCUS.

5 March 1894, The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), page 6

…time the Aberdeen's results became known the triple-expansion principle became general. Notes: Cornelius was an enthusiastic golfer, winning the Aberdeen Golf Club tournament in 1874. The country 1 October 1874 p295 Aberdeen. - The annual autumn tournament of the Aberdeen Golf Club came off week, and extended over three days. ... Two rounds or thirty holes were played, and Mr. Cornelius Thompson, Aberdeen, gained the cup with a total of 162 - 84 in the first round and 78 in the second. Death: 18 January 1894, at sea, aboard the Damascus , two days out from London bound for Australia. The Sydney Morning Herald 5 March 1894 p6 THE DAMASCUS. This Aberdeen liner is coming round the coast at a good speed. She reported off Green Cape at 5.30 n m. yesterday and is due here about midday to-day. The steamer has made a good run from England, traversing 11,185 miles in 41 days 9 hours 11 minutes, giving a daily average of 285.5 miles, equal to 11.9 knots an hour. A report from Melbourne says :—-Captain Alexander Douglas still has command, and reports that the voyage was commenced at Lon- don on 16th January. Moderate southerly winds and wet weather were experienced in the English Channel, Ushant…

…Death: The Sydney Morning Herald 5 March 1894 p6 ; London Gazette 19 June 1894 p3535…

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THREE BRAVE NURSES. King Albert Honours.

20 May 1915, The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), page 5

…ambulance driver and member of the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry . Muriel Thompson joined the FANY as a driver in January 1915. On 8 February she crossed to Calais to a Belgian military hospital called Lamarck which the corps was running. Their services having been refused by the British authorities, they drove ambulances and ran hospitals and casualty clearing stations for the Belgian and French armies all along the western front. On 29 March she was personally decorated by King Albert with the Kinght's Cross of the Order of Leopold II for evacuating wounded Belgian soldiers under fire near Dixmude. The Argus 20 May 1915 p3 (Melbourne, Victoria) THREE BRAVE NURSES. King Albert Honours. The King of the Belgians has presented the Order of Leopold II. to three nurses of the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry Corps for bravery under shell fire in rescuing some wounded men from the trenches. The names of the recipients, says the "Daily Mail's" correspondent in the north of France are Miss Muriel Thompson, Sister Mary White, Miss Margaret Waite. The three nurses had gone up us far as the rear line of trenches not far from Oostkerke, when an officer asked them if they would like to go to the first…

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Lady Motorists' Race. SIXTY MILES AN HOUR.

8 September 1908, Clarence and Richmond Examiner (Grafton, NSW : 1889 - 1915), page 3

…they were at the finish. Miss Thompson came to rest at a point only 39ft. from the post in 25 sec. "Miss Muriel Thompson Winning the Ladies Bracelet Handicap at Brooklands." Hand colored engraving from the Illustrated London News reprinted at Prints Old and Rare Muriel was involved in the foundation of the Brooklands Automobile Racing Club, and on 4 July 1908 she won the Ladies Bracelet Handicap at Brooklands, the first race held there for women drivers. Muriel was driving her brother Oscar’s Austin racing car, nicknamed Pobble. Muriel reached speeds of 60 m.p.h. over the three mile track. Clarence and Richmond Examiner 8 September 1908 p3 (Grafton, New South Wales) Lady Motorists' Race. SIXTY MILES AN HOUR. Society women drove racing motor cars at sixty miles an hour round the Brooklands track on 4th July. The race was the Ladies' Bracelet Handicap, the first contest for women motorists run at Brooklands, and it was won, after a thrilling struggle, by Miss Muriel Thompson by two lengths from Mrs. Locke-King, the wife of the owner of Brooklands. Five ladies started in the race. Seven had entered, but at the last moment Lady Muriel Gore-Browne and Mrs. Ada Billing withdrew. Each of the lady drivers wore a distinctive…

…Notes: Clarence and Richmond Examiner (Grafton NSW) 8 September 1908 p3 ; Driver Scrapbooks…

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CYCLING AND MOTORING.

6 September 1911, The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), page 9

…toes within reach of the regulating pedals and hands ready for the brakes. The style she adopted is popular among racing motorists. The distance was about three miles round the pudding basin sides of the Brooklands track, and all the way Mrs. Locke-King and Miss Thompson fought for the first pince. Mrs. Locke-King, however, could not regain the three seconds start which her rival had, and Miss Thompson shot over tho winning line 20 feet ahead. Enthusiastic crowds surrounded the winner as she gilded back to the paddock, and one with suffragist sympathies cried. "Women deserve the vote now !" The Sydney Morning Herald 6 September 1911 p9 CYCLING AND MOTORING. According to the "Autocar" of August 5, the gala day of the Royal Automobile Club and its associated clubs at Brooklands was a great success. It was really what we in Australia would term a motor gymkhana, excepting that we are limited in this respect we have not a track like the Brooklands (England) in Australia to arrange such a versatile and instructive programme, which included a hill climb, relay race, obstacle race and hill climb combined, all-comers' open handicap, skilful driving race, declaration handicap race, and a blindfold driving competiton. The conditions were clearly set out,…

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NEW REGISTRATIONS

25 November 1933, The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), page 20

…Scrapbooks Notes: Clarence and Richmond Examiner (Grafton NSW) 8 September 1908 p3 ; Driver Scrapbooks Death: England Death Index (1Q1839 Kensington vol 1a p171); exact date, place and cause of death from Driver Scrapbooks Burial: Driver Scrapbooks Oscar Stephen Thompson Birth: 1877, in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland Father: Cornelius Thompson Mother: Agnes Marion (Williamson) Thompson Education: Tonbridge School, Tonbridge, Kent The register of Tonbridge School, from 1820 to 1893 p274 *T HOMPSON , Oscar Stephen. 1892 - .  Younger son of Cornelius Thompson. b. 1877 Occupation: Shipowner Oscar continued the shi[powning business founded by his grandfather, and continued by his father. The Argus 25 November 1933 p20 Geo. Thompson and Co. Ltd., merchants, shipbuilders, shipbrokers, &c. Head office, 34 Leadenhall street, London. Agent in Victoria, John Thomas Brennan, 447 Collins street, Melbourne. Capital £1,000, in £1 shares. Directors are - Oscar Stephen Thompson, John Macmillan, Basil Sanderson, Walter Henry Savill, and Sir Norman Alexander Leslie. Notes: Oscar was well known in the automobile world for his interest in racing, his car "Pobble" being a well-known feature on the Brooklands Track. During the War he fitted up the car as an ambulance and drove it himself in France under the French Red Cross. He was elected an Associate…

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MR. OSCAR THOMPSON Prominent Shipping Magnate MELBOURNE, July 28.

29 July 1937, The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954), page 11

…Brennan, 447 Collins street, Melbourne. Capital £1,000, in £1 shares. Directors are - Oscar Stephen Thompson, John Macmillan, Basil Sanderson, Walter Henry Savill, and Sir Norman Alexander Leslie. Notes: Oscar was well known in the automobile world for his interest in racing, his car "Pobble" being a well-known feature on the Brooklands Track. During the War he fitted up the car as an ambulance and drove it himself in France under the French Red Cross. He was elected an Associate of the Institution of Automobile Engineers in 1911. Death: 26 July 1937, in Kensington district , London, England, aged 59 The Mercury 29 July 1937 p11 (Hobart, Tasmania) MR. OSCAR THOMPSON Prominent Shipping Magnate MELBOURNE, July 28. One of the best known houseflags in the history of Australian shipping was lowered to half-mast yesterday above the office of the Aberdeen and Commonwealth Line, when news was received of the death in London of Mr. Oscar Thompson, a grandson of the late Mr. George Thompson, who founded the company more than 100 years ago. From the early days of colonisation in Victoria, the Aberdeen Line played an important part in the history and development of the State, and the traditions are still carried on in the green-hulled…

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SHIPOWNER'S DEATH. LONDON, July 28.

29 July 1937, The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), page 10

…MELBOURNE, July 28. One of the best known houseflags in the history of Australian shipping was lowered to half-mast yesterday above the office of the Aberdeen and Commonwealth Line, when news was received of the death in London of Mr. Oscar Thompson, a grandson of the late Mr. George Thompson, who founded the company more than 100 years ago. From the early days of colonisation in Victoria, the Aberdeen Line played an important part in the history and development of the State, and the traditions are still carried on in the green-hulled "Bay" steamers of the Aberdeen and Commonwealth Line. The Sydney Morning Herald 29 July 1937 p10 SHIPOWNER'S DEATH. LONDON, July 28. The death has occurred of Mr. Oscar Thompson, a grandson of the founder of the Aberdeen Line, He was well-known in the Australian shipping trade. Mr. Thompson visited Sydney in 1927 in connection with migration, of which he was an ardent supporter. He came to Australia again in 1929 to represent the Aberdeen and Commonwealth Line at the shipping freight conference held that year. Census: 1891: Greenwich, London: Oscar S. Thompson, son, is aged 13, born in Scotland 1901: St Marylebone, London: Oscar Thompson, son, is aged 23, born in Aberdeen. Occupation: Shipowner Sources: Birth:…

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PERSONAL

28 July 1937, Examiner (Launceston, Tas. : 1900 - 1954), page 6

…Death: England Death Index (3Q1937 Kensington vol 1a p90); exact date from  Examiner 28 July 1937 p6 (Launceston, Tasmania) printed on Wednesday 28 July says the death occurred on Monday i.e. the 26th.…