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Ian Thompson

1951 - 1994

Photo of Ian Thompson's panel on the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt

For more detail, a high-resolution version of this image (about 5 times wider than shown above) is available for download here. Broadband is recommended - file is big (6.94 Mb).

This panel forms part of Block 14 of the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt.

 

From the stories folder that accompanies The Quilt to displays

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One of New Zealandís gay communityís most colourful personalities, Ian was also a tireless worker in the area of HIV and AIDS support, and was the driving force behind the establishment of Auckland Community AIDS Services (ACAS) of which he was the first Chairperson.

He also served on the Board of the NZ AIDS Foundation representing the HIV positive community, and was one of the founding members of the Gay Auckland Business Association (GABA). He was well known for his questioning of where monies raised from fundraising was spent.

Ian was a man with an Ďup frontí personality, who made a mark on both the Auckland and wider New Zealand community institutions, often in the most controversial of areas, and strongly affected what that community became.

With a Scottish heritage, Ian was raised in Sydney, moved to Auckland in the early 1980ís where he eventually took out New Zealand citizenship. He came to dearly love his adopted city and committed himself to many causes that aimed to improve the lot of gay and lesbian people who live in it.

For ten years Ian worked for OUT! Magazine, running the accounts department as well as helping out where ever he was needed in the community. He was a person concerned with the practical outcomes and his direct approach brought people together and ensured that services worked for the benefit of people they were intended for. He was often found helping out behind the front desk or bar at various community venues throughout central Auckland.

He believed strongly that New Zealandersí were a very fair people, and was fond of putting forward examples of where people had been ready to reassess their point of view once they are presented with the facts.

His interests also encompassed the world of Rugby League and he became a very highly respected senior referee of the sport and eventually held the position of secretary of the Auckland Rugby League Referees Association.

GREEN AND GOLD for the country of Ianís birth; Australia
NAVY for the sport he loved; Rugby League with his refereeís badge and the badge of the Canterbury Bulldogs team he followed (Canterbury Bankstown, Ianís place of birth)
ACAS the support organisation Ian helped start for people with HIV and AIDS
Scottish Clan Crest the crest of his ancestors, the clan of his parents
Leather jacket Ian loved his leather

We have also received this photo of Ian.

Photo of Ian Thompson.

 

If you knew Ian and wish to add your memories to this page, or wish to remember a loved one with a strong connection to New Zealand who has been lost to AIDS, you may do so on this page.
 

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