William Collard Smith

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"Major W. C. Smith. Ballarat West from 76 pen & ink portraits of the Members of the Victorian Parliament for 1874 by Edward Gilks. State Library of Victoria Collection (H31555/23).
William Collard Smith Poster Displayed at Sovereign Hill, 2016.
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William Collard Smith was born at Ballington, Cheshire, England. He arrived Melbourne 1852, mining on various fields.[1]

Goldfields Involvement, 1854

Post 1854 Experiences

Mining investor and promoter who settled Ballarat 1855 as a land agent and auctioneer. He was a partner of A.E. Wynne, and made successful mining speculations. Smith has pastoral interests in Riverina, and local manufacturing interests. He was the chairman of the Municipal Conference Melbourne 1869.[2]

Collard Smith was an early member of the volunteer defence force, captain Ballarat Rifle Rangers 1861, major 1872, and retired with rank of lieutenant-colonel 1884.[3]

W.C. Smith was a Member of the Legislative Assembly for Ballarat West 1861-1864, 1871-1892 and October 1894. [4] In 1878 he was the Minister of Mines.

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A meeting of the executive committee was held on Tuesday evening; Mr R. Lewis in the chair. Present,— Messrs Ferguson, Bechervaise, Josephs, Williams, Roff, Spain, Morrison, Hall, Dyte, and Wilson. Donations were received from the following mining companies: Royal Saxon, Maxwell’s, New, Britannia, Kong Meng, and Imperial; also; Australian Natives' Association, Ballarat, Creswick, and Stawell branches; Buninyong Miners' Association, St. John's Church Improvement Society, Tinsmiths’ Society; Typographical Society; from Messrs Wanliss, Wilson, Serjeant, McGovern, M’Donald, Salter, Oddie, Russell, Glenn, Lieutenant-Colonel Smith, Hickman, Ferguson, Hill, Fincham, and others. Poetic contributions from J. W. Mills and William Walker, of Ballarat; and William Rankin, of Craigie, were received with thanks. Seven designs for the memorial were submitted; those marked 'Piper', 'King', and 'Pioneer' were highly approved of, and ultimately the design of Mr H. A. King, of Ballarat East, was accepted. It was decided that specifications be prepared, with the view; of calling for tenders forthwith. The committee meet on the ground, in company with the Town Council on Friday, 25th-instant, for the purpose of selecting the site, as there appears a conflict of evidence as to the actual position of the Stockade.[5]

Further Reading

Corfield, J.,Wickham, D., & Gervasoni, C. The Eureka Encyclopaedia, Ballarat Heritage Services, 2004.


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