John Thompson Charlton

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John Thompson Charlton, also known as John Charlton Thompson (1826 – 26 November 1878)[1][2] was a politician in colonial Victoria (Australia), a member of the Victorian Legislative Council.[3]

Early life[edit]

Charlton was born in Hull, Yorkshire, England, the son of Thomas Charlton and his wife Rebecca, née Thompson and was baptised on 21 June 1826.[2] Charlton married Hannah Elizabeth Breeze on 30 September 1850 at St. Mary, Lambeth, Surrey, and the couple emigrated to Australia.[2]

Career in Australia[edit]

Charlton was elected member of the Victorian Legislative Council for Ripon, Hampden, Grenville and Polwarth in December 1853, a position he held until he resigned in September 1854.[3] The resignation was probably linked to his insolvency proceedings in November 1854 as Members of Parliament could not be bankrupt.[4]

Charlton became a surveyor, he laid out and named the town of Bundaberg in 1870.[2] He was also editor of The Queensland Times using the name John Charlton Thompson.[2]


  1. ^ "Death". Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser. Qld: National Library of Australia. 10 December 1878. p. 2. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e "John Thompson Charlton b.1826,Hull,Yorkshire". Retrieved 22 July 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Charlton, John Thompson". re-member: a database of all Victorian MPs since 1851. Parliament of Victoria.
  4. ^ "DOMESTIC INTELLIGENCE". The Argus (Melbourne) (2331). Victoria, Australia. 28 October 1854. p. 5. Retrieved 29 December 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
Victorian Legislative Council
Preceded by
Adolphus Goldsmith
Member for Ripon, Hampden, Grenville and Polwarth
December 1853 – September 1854
With: James Thomson 1853–1854
Colin Campbell 1854
Succeeded by
Robert Pohlman