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The decease of Mr Henry Thomson, which took place 3 - esterday, will be heard with regret. He was born in Dumfriesshire in 1823, nnd was educated at Wigton, Galloway. In 1846 he entered the service of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway, and in 1852 left England for Victoria. He was appointed manager of the Melbourne I and Hobson Bay Railway duriug its coni .'/traction, and was afterwards Superintendent of the wharf and railway station at Siindridge, now known as Port -Melbourne. In 1855 Mr Thomson came to New Zealand, first settling in Wellington, and later on removing to Nelson, where lie lived for some three years, and in 1859 married Miss Coates, daughter of tho late Mr G. Coates. After a short experience on the Otago goldfields he came in 1865 to Christchurch, joining the firm of G. Coates and Co., in which ne subsequently became a partner with Mr F. J. Smith, on the death of Mr Giles Coates, and continued a partner in the business till 1890, when he retired from active business. His railway experience was utilised here, and in 1868 he was appointed as manager of the Canterbury Railways, then extending from Lyttelton to Selwyn. In 1881, when the city was divided into separate electorates, he was returned aa member of the House of Representatives for Christchurch North as a supporter of the Government of Sir Harry Atkinson. For several years he was a member of the City Council, and filled the office of Mayor for one year. He was chairman of the Hospital and Charitable Aid Bonn! under the old regime for eight years, retiring from the position on the inauguration of the present system. Mr Thomson wag also for some time a member of the Arbitration Court. In aquatics, and, indeed, athletic exercises of all kinds, Mr Thomson took a keen and lively interest. Fi»r many years he was .Marshal on the opening day of the season, and also officiated in connection with many of the regattas. In the late fifiies Mr Thomson owned and sailed a number of schooners trading between Lyttelton and Wellington with produce and passengers, making some specially fast passages, especially with the old Mary Thomson. Me t.-_s a diirector of the Christchurch Bui'.d- , ing Society for twenty-five years, and was also returning officer for the Lyttelton Harhour Board elections. In Masonic mat- : ters Mi- Thomson took a very prominent ' part. He was initiated in the Paeitic '■ Lodge, Wellington, in T855, Ptid in lttot ! Affiliated to the St. Au'*cu-tine Lodge, C-hristchur.-b, being elected to the ottice of W.M. in 1867. H? w.ts instrumental in founding the St. Augustine Royal Arch Chapter in" 1859, and also one of the founder:; of Excelsior Chapter Rote Croix in 1878. Mr Thonvon became Deputy District Grand (Master und*r th« En dish Con "tit ut ion during the Grand Mastership of the late Dr. Donald. In 1890, at the ! earnest reque't of a large number __ of ; brethren connected with flw proposed New : Zealand Constitution, he accepted the tirrr I Grand M-t«'ers-hip under the • and was re-elected on the concluKion of his ' lift year of office. During his term lie thr-»w him-elf into the work of the office ; with charae-tori'tic zeiil, visiting every lodge in the colony at great personal intv/nve'dj r-nre. Vr< to ten days prior to hi.-: d".-*th Ihe wv still taking keen intoiv-s-t in Masonic matters. Mr Thomson was a very enthu- ! sia-ti ■■• bo*lrr. and wa* for many years a i men'her of the Christchurch P.owlin? C lib !of which he was also at one time president, j t.-ikni? p-art in many tournaments with con- ' spicuous succm*. For several rears he I wj- a great sufferer from the- illness to , which he uihimateiv succumbed in hi* i _>v<'-"tr-«ixth 'ear, leaving a widow, hut no f.-"ri!y. The funeral trill t.-<k-» place on W~dr.e*dr>y. La«t night a spe'ial meet ing of lending Canterbury Mnaoni was held prv\ R.W. Bro. H. J. Williams. Grand Mister of New Zealand, wa* cumtnartieate*' wi-rh rt WeUrntrton by telephone, and arrangen?e?its mid*- forhitn. with th.? Grand to come *o C9»ri*tchnrch to , conduct the Masonic pertjoa of the funeral j ceremony. *_______t.'

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MR HENRY THOMSON., Press, Volume LX, Issue 11687, 14 September 1903

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MR HENRY THOMSON. Press, Volume LX, Issue 11687, 14 September 1903