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Born: 1866 08 21
Died: 1937 06 05


[Abbreviated Excerpt from The SA Builder, February 1923]

James THOMPSON was born in Aug 1866 in Durban. Arrived Johannesburg 1887 and "commenced contracting on his own account 1890."

New Law Courts, Arcadia, Northwards for Sir George Albu, the Mental Hospital Telephone Exchange, Railway Bureau and University College at Bloemfontein. At present time [1937] Mr. Thompson is executing a new building for the Selborne College at East London and the Standard Bank at Bloemfontein.

Mayor of Johannesburg, President of Master builders etc. President of Caledonian Society. A keen bowler.

At the opening of the Ellis Park Swimming Bath on 16 January 1909, a race organised for councillors was won by James THOMPSON at the gala opening.

Information on grave stone in Braamfontein Cemetery - Died in June 1937.

This information was supplied by Mrs Flo Bird and sent to us by William MARTINSON.

Excerpt from the South African Who's Who of 1923-24 "ex-Mayor of Johannesburg, Builder and Contractor; b. in Durban, on the 21st Aug., 1866. He came to Johannesburg in 1887, subsequently founding his present business. Mem. Freemasons (Scottish Constitution) in the Transvaal : a Member of the Caledonian Society and Chamber of Commerce : Member of Rand Club, and a foundation Member of the New Club, Johannesburg. Residence "Remdene", Riviera; Office, Rissik 312, Johannesburg."

The portrait is from the South African Who's Who of 1923-24 and also sent to us by William MARTINSON.

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Grey University College and School - now Grey College: 1906. Bloemfontein, Free State - Contractor
Law Courts: 1910. Central, Johannesburg, Gauteng - Contractor
Mental Hospital: n.d.. Bloemfontein, Free State - Contractor
Northwards: 1904 : 1912. Parktown, Johannesburg, Gauteng - Contractor
Railway Bureau: 1898. Bloemfontein, Free State - Contractor
Telephone Exchange: 1920s. Bloemfontein, Free State - Contractor
Villa Arcadia: 1909. Parktown, Johannesburg, Gauteng - Contractor

Books citing THOMPSON

Shorten, John R; Johannesburg City Council. 1970. The Johannesburg saga. Johannesburg: John R Shorten. pp 254