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Thompson family

Collection | Ref # ARC-0409 | Held by Hocken Collections - Uare Taoka o Hakena

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Thompson family


Thompson family

Level of description:



0.22 linear metres

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John Thomson, originally from Dumfries, Scotland, arrived in New Zealand aboard the 'Yorkshire' in 1861. After spending a short time as a shearer at West Taieri, Thomson took up a farm at Manuherikia. In 1869 he co-founded the drapery firm Thomson & Beattie Ltd at Flints Bush. The firm later operated from Winton (1871), Invercargill (1875) and Gore (1876). After Thomson's death the business was continued by his son, also called John, and by other members of the family. It closed in the late 1960s.

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a diary written by John Thomson on board the 'Yorkshire' in 1860, letters, sketch books, genealogical papers, papers relating to Thomson & Beattie Ltd and photographs.

Dates covered:

1860 - Circa 1950

Archival history:

The items in this collection were donated by M. G. Thomson (MS-2390) and Mrs M. E. Swale (Misc-MS-0655).

Access conditions:

Not restricted

Finding aids:

Listed on ‘Hakena’ the Hocken Collections online archives and manuscripts catalogue

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Associated with:


Invercargill · Manuherikia Valley · Southland (Region) · West Taieri · Flints Bush · Kirkpatrick, Durham

People & organisations:


Family life · Shipboard diary · Farm life · Apparel and haberdashery · Sketches · Clippings

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