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Former Member Details

Mr Henry Gilbert SMITH (1802 - 1886)

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Date of Birth: 01/01/1802
Place of Birth: Northamptonshire, England
Date of Death: 01/04/1886
Place of Death: Brighton, England
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 22 May 1856 28 Jul 1858 2 years 2 months 7 days First (Quinquennial) Appointments under the Constitution Act. Date of Writ of Summons 13 May 1856.
Political Party Activity
Community Activity
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Property owner and retired businessman. Arrived at Hobart Town in 1827. Journeyed to Sydney. Purchased 2,560 acres on Mologlo Plain. Visited England in 1829 and returned in 1830. Established an importing and mercantile firm, Smith Bros at Sydney. Built a steam ferry in Sydney but sold it in 1832. Partnership was dissolved in 1832. Became a Director of Commercial Banking Company of Sydney in 1835. Chairman in 1853. Returned to England in 1836, coming back to New South Wales in 1846. Provisional director of proposed railway association in 1846; At a later time was appointed government director of Sydney Railway Company. Retired as a merchant in 1848 leaving the business to his nephew. In 1846 lived at Darling Point and then Manly. Donated land for Congregationalist Church at Wollongong in 1856.
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Son of Thomas Smith and Frances Flesher. Married (1) Eleanor Whistler on January 1839. Married (2) Anne Margaret Thomas in 1856 at Brisbane. Married (3) Anna Louisa Lloyd at England.
Additional Information
Personal papers in the Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales: Henry Gilbert Smith - papers, 1837 - 1894 (A5319); photographs in the PICMAN Database.