Graham Thomson completed his primary education at the Winton State School and the Ingham Rural School, received his secondary education while boarding at Thornburgh College, Charters Towers and went on to complete a Bachelor of Commerce at The University of Queensland.
His teaching career began as a Pupil Trainee teacher at Thornburgh and Blackheath Colleges, Charters Towers from 1945 to 1946 and he continued teaching at Brisbane Boys’ College from 1948 to 1955 and at Phillips Academy, Massachusetts, USA in 1973. He assumed an administrative career when he was appointed Principal of Thornburgh and Blackheath Colleges (1956 to 1973; Interim Principal 1974) and Brisbane Boys’ College from 1974 to 1989 and again in 1996.
Graham was inducted into the fellowship of Emmanuel College in 2009 and the fellowship of International House in 2010. He is a Life Member of the Australian College of Educators and was Development Director at Stuartholme School from October 2006 to June 2011. He is currently acting as Honorary Advancement Advisor at Emmanuel.
Graham was appointed a Member of The Order of Australia in 1995 for his contribution to education. He has served The Order of Australia Association as Queensland Chairman and Deputy National Chairman.