David Thomson (Australian National Party politician)

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David Thomson

Minister for Science and Technology
In office
3 November 1980 – 11 March 1983
Preceded byHimself
Succeeded byBarry Jones
Minister for Science and the Environment
In office
8 December 1979 – 3 November 1980
Preceded byJames Webster
Succeeded byBob Ellicott (Environment)
Himself (Science)
Member of the Australian Parliament for Leichhardt
In office
13 December 1975 – 5 March 1983
Preceded byBill Fulton
Succeeded byJohn Gayler
Personal details
Born(1924-11-21)21 November 1924
Sale, Victoria
Died13 October 2013(2013-10-13) (aged 88)
Batemans Bay, New South Wales
Political partyNational Party of Australia
Military service
Branch/serviceAustralian Army
Years of service1942–1975
Commands4th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (1964–66)
Battles/warsSecond World War

Korean War

Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation
AwardsMilitary Cross
Mentioned in Despatches

Brigadier David Scott Thomson MC (21 November 1924 – 13 October 2013) was an Australian soldier and politician.

Early life and military career[edit]

He was born in Sale, Victoria in 1924. He enlisted in the Australian Army in 1942, and graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon, being commissioned as an officer in 1943. He saw active service in World War II in the South-West Pacific, took part in the landing at Balikpapan, New Guinea, and served in Japan 1946–48. He was on active service again in Korea in 1951, where he was awarded the Military Cross. He served in Malaysia and Sarawak during the Malayan Emergency 1965–66. From 1967–70 he was Director of Infantry and Regimental Colonel of the Royal Australian Regiment.


From 1972–75 he operated a tourism business. He was the National Country Party (later the National Party) member for the House of Representatives seat of Leichhardt, Queensland, from the 1975 election until his defeat by John Gayler at the 1983 election.[1][2] He was Minister for Science and the Environment from December 1979 until November 1980 and then Minister for Science and Technology until the Fraser government's defeat at the 1983 election.[3]

In 1985, David Thomson took part in an oral history interview for the Parliamentary Bicentenary Publications Project recorded by his son, historian Alistair Thomson.[4]

Later life and death[edit]

He died in Batemans Bay, New South Wales on 13 October 2013, aged 88.[5][6]


  1. ^ "Members of the House of Representatives since 1901". Parliamentary Handbook. Parliament of Australia. Archived from the original on 17 November 2007. Retrieved 19 December 2007.
  2. ^ Parliamentary Handbook of the Commonwealth of Australia – Volume 27 – Page 425 1996 "Thomson, David Scott (21.11.1924–)"
  3. ^ Patrick Moray Weller -Malcolm Fraser, PM: a study in prime ministerial power 1989 – Page 66 "..., Tom McVeigh, David Thomson and, for twenty-four hours, Senator Glen Sheil were selected, all holding only junior portfolios."
  4. ^ Thomson, David; Thomson, Alistair (1985). "David Scott Thomson interviewed by Alistair Thomson for the Parliament's oral history project". National Library of Australia. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  6. ^ Australian Governmaent State Funeral Thomson Archived 22 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine
Political offices
Preceded by
James Webster
Minister for Science and the Environment
Succeeded by
Robert Ellicott (Environment)
Himself (Science)
Preceded by
Minister for Science and Technology
Succeeded by
Barry Jones
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Bill Fulton
Member for Leichhardt
Succeeded by
John Gayler