Albert Thompson (Australian politician)

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Albert Thompson
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Hindmarsh
In office
28 September 1946 – 10 December 1949
Preceded by Norman Makin
Succeeded by Clyde Cameron
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Port Adelaide
In office
10 December 1949 – 1 November 1963
Preceded by New seat
Succeeded by Fred Birrell
Personal details
Born (1886-11-14)14 November 1886
Rosewater, South Australia
Died 13 January 1966(1966-01-13) (aged 79)
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Spouse(s) Millicent Maud Garnaut
Occupation Farmer

Albert Victor Thompson (14 November 1886 – 13 January 1966) was a member of the Australian House of Representatives and the South Australian House of Assembly.

Born at Yatala (now Rosewater) near Port Adelaide, South Australia, Thompson was the sixth child of Joseph Thompson and Jane Ann Batey, both of Northumberland, England. Thompson married Millicent Maud Garnaut on 19 January 1909 and initially farmed near Keith in southeast South Australia before a drought in 1914 led to their return to Port Adelaide.

In 1930 Thompson was elected President of the Carters and Drivers Union, (later the Transport Workers Union). His influence in the union movement led to his preselection as the Australian Labor Party candidate for the safe Labor seat of Port Adelaide at the 1930 South Australian election. After the institution of single-member electorates in the South Australian House of Assembly in 1938, Thompson successfully transferred to Semaphore, serving there until 1946. He also served as president of the South Australian branch of the ALP from 1938 to 1940.

In 1946 Thompson resigned from state parliament to successfully run as the Labor candidate for the federal seat of Hindmarsh, based on Port Adelaide, in the House of Representatives. After most of the northern portion of Hindmarsh was transferred to the new seat of Port Adelaide ahead of the 1949 election, Thompson transferred there and won easily. Thompson retired from politics at the 1963 election.

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References[edit]

  • Thompson, E. (1990), The History of Joseph and Jane Ann Thompson and their descendants 1850-1990, Lutheran Publishing House, Adelaide.
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Norman Makin
Member for Hindmarsh
1946–1949
Succeeded by
Clyde Cameron
New division Member for Port Adelaide
1949–1963
Succeeded by
Fred Birrell