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Thomson, Henry



  • Existence: 1828 - 1903


Henry Thomson, born in Scotland, 1827, died in New Zealand, 1885. Thomson emigrated to Australia in 1852, and on to New Zealand in 1856. He settled in Nelson, where he married Mary Ann Coates in 1859. In 1865 they moved to Christchurch, where Henry joined his father-in-law Giles Coates in his jewellery firm. Prominent in the social and political life of Christchurch, as councillor and mayor (1877-1878), Henry Thomson was a noted Freemason for 46 years, achieving the rank of Grand Master.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

G. Coates and Co. business records and family papers

Identifier: Arch 0009
Scope and Contents

Business records of G. Coates and Co. watchmakers and jewellers, including accounts, stock valuations, leases and legal papers for 1861-1889.

Also included are Coates, Thomson and Smith family papers from 1809-1890, namely birth and marriage certificates and various accounts and legal correspondence, especially relating to the death of Giles Coates in 1868.

Dates: 1807-1890

Henry Thomson papers

Identifier: Arch 0519
Scope and Contents

The papers of Henry Thomson M.H.R includes a photocopy of a typescript private paper researched and presented by A.L. Hart for the Research Lodge of Wellington no. 194 at its meeting of 17th September, 1987. Also includes a printed order of service.

Dates: 1987