The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Auckland Provincial District]
Thompson, Erik, Boat-builder, Aratapu, Mr. Thompson was born in Sweden in 1844 and educated in Finland, where he learned his trade and was nine years at sea as ship's carpenter. He came to New Zealand in 1869 by the barque “Haversham” and shortly after his arrival went to the Kaipara, where he has remained ever since. He first engaged in running a flax-mill, but after a twelve months' trial gave it up for his own trade. Mr. Thompson was married to Miss Kidd, of Auckland, and has one son and one daughter.