Walter Thomas Smith

#73, (16 May 1851-19 March 1930)
FatherJames Smith (c 1818-Mar 1900)
MotherLydia Manthorpe1 (11 May 1817-c Mar 1911)
Walter Thomas Smith c1899 (http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article54578121)
     NOTE: The information on this page is my research to date and is subject to change as I become better informed. I very much welcome any corrections or additional info you might have - my email address is at the bottom of this page - Tim Hill.
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Walter was born on Friday, 16 May 1851 at Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.2,3,4 He was the son of James Smith and Lydia Manthorpe.1

He was recorded as living with his parents and his brothers James, George, Marston, Arthur, Horatio, Edward and Alfred in the 1861 census at 33 Market Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. He was recorded as being 9 years of age.1 Walter Thomas Smith was a sailor and spent the early part of his life at sea circa 1870.5

At the age of 25 Walter emmigrated from The Lizard, London, on 6 May 1877 on the 'Ethiopian', a barque of 839 tons. He was actually part of the ship's crew (an able seaman) and the ship carried no passengers but a cargo that included drapery, wine & spirits and pianofortes.6,7,8,9 After a voyage of 85 days Walter arrived at Sydney on 30 July 1877.5,10,11

Walter was employed by the firm of Messrs. G. P. Harris, Scarfe and Co. (a major supplier of a broad range of household, agricultural and industrial items as well as manufacturer of leather goods such as saddles), and remained with them for 12 years. circa 1877.5

He married Lucy Deane, daughter of Alexander Charles Deane and Ann Dunne, at Trinity Church on Monday, 29 December 1879 at Adelaide.12,13 At this time his occupation was given as a labourer.14 Walter, aged 29 and Lucy Deane became the parents of Elbertha Smith on Thursday, 30 September 1880 at the Adelaide suburb of Gilberton.15 At this time his occupation was given as a sail maker.16 Walter, aged 30 and Lucy Deane became the parents of James Smith on Tuesday, 11 October 1881 at Gilberton.17 Walter, aged 33 and Lucy Deane became the parents of Edward Smith on Wednesday, 19 November 1884 at the Adelaide suburb of Parkside.18 Walter, aged 37 and Lucy Deane became the parents of Lillian Smith on Thursday, 24 May 1888 at Parkside.19 Walter, aged 40 and Lucy Deane became the parents of Lucy Smith on Saturday, 16 April 1892 at Parkside.20 Walter, aged 42 and Lucy Deane became the parents of Arthur Smith on Friday, 20 April 1894 at Yorketown, South Australia.21

Walter was employed by the South Australian lighthouse service where he spent 20 years. at South Australia in June 1899. He was stationed at most of the lighthouses on the South Australian coast. It was when he was stationed at Cape Borda in 1899 that the barque Loch Sloy struck the rocks and foundered on the south coast of Kangaroo Island. On receiving the news of the disaster Mr. Smith set out in search of the survivors. He was successful in finding two, Messrs. Simpson and Mitchell, both men being in a very bad way having spent two weeks wandering in the bush without food or boots. After rescuing the two unfortunate men he again set out and joined in the search for Kilpatrick, a passenger on the Loch Sloy who got ashore alive, and was found some weeks afterwards. He descended the cliffs at great personal risk and recovered many bodies, which were afterwards buried..5 With the aid of his sons and a Mr. May, Walter Smith buried the bodies of two victims of the Loch Sloy.22

His mother died circa March 1911 at the approximate age of 93. He was a farmer in the South-East after leaving the light service in 1910 circa 1915.5 He was retired circa 1921 at Magill, South Australia.5,23 He and Lucy Deane celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on 29 December 1929.24 Walter and Lucy lived on 4 January 1930 at at 71 Gladstone Avenue in the Adelaide suburb of Magill.25

Walter died on 19 March 1930 at Gladstone Avenue, in Magill, South Australia, at age 78.5 An extensive obituary was published on 31 March 1930.26

Children of Walter Thomas Smith and Lucy Deane

Children
Last Edited20 Oct 2014

Timeline

DateEventPlace
Family
1851BirthGreat Yarmouth, Norfolk2,3,4
1
c 1870Occupation5
1877Emmigratn-newThe Lizard, London6,7,8,9
1877Immigratn-newSydney5,10,11
c 1877Employment5
1879MarriageTrinity Church, in Adelaide12,13
1879Occupation14
1881Occupation16
1899EmploymentSouth Australia5
1900Occupation-hide27
c 1915Occupation5
c 1921RetirementMagill, South Australia5,23
1930Residence at 71 Gladstone Avenue in the Adelaide suburb of Magill25
1930DeathGladstone Avenue, in Magill, South Australia5
ChartsManthorpe Family - descendants
Read family - descendants
Smith family - descendants
Mike Hill - ancestors

Citations

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  2. [S7] South Australia, Marriage Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 1879 No.380036.
  3. [S5] South Australia, Birth Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 1851 Volume 3 No. 222 (Index only).
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  6. [S604] Website Mariners and Ships in Australian Waters (http://mariners.records.nsw.gov.au/index.htm) ETHIOPIAN - of London, W. FAULKNER, Master, Burthen 839 Tons from the Port of LONDON to SYDNEY, New South Wales, 30th Jul 1877 http://mariners.records.nsw.gov.au/1877/07/108eth.htm
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  12. [S7] South Australia, Marriage Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 1879 No. 380036.
  13. [S496] The Register News Pictorial (Adelaide), 1930 'Family Notices.', The Register News-Pictorial (Adelaide, SA : 1929 - 1931), 4 January, p. 8, viewed 19 October, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article54160003
  14. [S7] South Australia, Marriage Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 1879 No. 38036.
  15. [S5] South Australia, Birth Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages Vol 248 p.395 (District of Adelaide).
  16. [S5] South Australia, Birth Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 1881 No. 335271.
  17. [S5] South Australia, Birth Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages Vol 279 p.287 (District of Adelaide).
  18. [S5] South Australia, Birth Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages Vol 339 p.426 (District of Adelaide).
  19. [S5] South Australia, Birth Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages Vol. 417 p.408.
  20. [S5] South Australia, Birth Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages Vol. 498 p.431.
  21. [S5] South Australia, Birth Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages Vol.540 p.483.
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  25. [S322] The Advertiser (Adelaide, South Australia), 28 Mar 1943 p.8.
  26. [S322] The Advertiser (Adelaide, South Australia), 1930 'OBITUARY.', The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), 31 March, p. 9, viewed 6 April, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73794585 ("OBITUARY
    Mr. Walter Thomas Smith, who died suddenly at Gladstone-avenue, Magill. was bom at Great Yarmouth in 1851, and spent the early part of his life on the sea. He arrived in South Australia in 1876 [1877]. Mr. Smith joined the firm of Messrs. G. P. Harris Scarfe and Co.. and remained with them for 12 years. He left their employ to enter the South Australian lighthouse service, where he spent 20 years, and was stationed at most of the lighthouses on the South Australian coast. It was when he was stationed at Cape Borda in 1899 that the barque Loch Sloy struck the rocks and foundered on the south coast of Kangaroo Island. On receiving the news of the disaster Mr. Smith set out in search of the survivors. He was successful in finding two, Messrs. Simpson and Mitchell, both men being in a very bad way, having spent two weeks wandering in the bush without food or boots. After rescuing the two unfortunate man he again set out and joined in the search for Kilpatrick, a passenger on the Loch Sloy, who got ashore alive, and was found some weeks afterwards. He descended the cliffs at great personal risk and recovered many bodies, which were afterwards buried. After leaving the light service in 1910 he engaged in farming pursuits in the South-East, and latterly was living in retirement at Magill. In December 1879 he was married to Lucy Deane daughter of the late Alexander Charles Deane. There are three sons and two daughters — Mr. James Smith, of Sydney; Mr. Edward Smith, of Mount Gambler: Mr. Arthur
    Smith, of Mile-End: and Mrs. G. W. Richards, of Woodville, and Miss Lucy Smith.).
  27. [S2] NSW Death Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 1950 No. 8326.