Thomas Thatcher

Thomas Thatcher

Name: Thomas Thatcher

Epoch: Early 20th Century (the \'Long Early Twentieth Century\')

Grouping Field: Humanities (Ideas Formatted as Ideas) and Social Science (Models)

Location Grouping: Individual\'s Work Location

Map Coordinates: 27°28\'37.8\"S 153°01\'43.9\"E

Years At Location: 1937-1948

One Historical Setting: Mr. Thomas Thatcher, Director of External Studies, Department of External Studies, University of Queensland Old, George Street, Brisbane City (1937)

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Thomas Thatcher was appointed Director of External Studies, University of Queensland, from 1937. Thatcher was appointed private secretary to Governor Sir Hamilton Goold-Adams from 1915 to 1919, and was then as parliamentary reporter for the Daily Mail and leader-writer for the Sunday Mail. Thatcher set up the Queensland Social Service League.

Impact On Brisbane Society

Thomas Thatcher was a conservative member of the intelligentsia. Representing the Country and Progressive National Party, he stood unsuccessfully for the Legislative Assembly seat of Brisbane in 1929, and in 1932 for the seat of Ithaca. His work in the University external studies did much in the spread of higher education into the Queensland regions.


John Laverty, ‘Thatcher, Thomas (1886–1948)’, Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, published first in hardcopy 2002, accessed online 21 June 2019. This article was first published in hardcopy in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 16, (MUP), 2002.

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Mr. T. Thatcher to Be University External Studies Director TOOWOOMBA, Dec. 13., The Telegraph, Monday 13 December 1937, p. 15. NLA Trove