William Smith

William Henry Smith (1862 - 1939)

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William Henry Smith
Born in West Teignmouth Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 24 Dec 1881 in Wesleyan chapel dist.of Islington, County of Middlesex, Eng.map
Husband of — married 10 Nov 1917 in Geelong, Victoria, Australiamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Armadale vic.map
Profile last modified 7 Sep 2019 | Created 8 Oct 2017 | Last significant change: 7 Sep 2019
06:09: Denise (Agg) Heath edited the Marriage Data for William Henry Smith (1862-1939). [Thank Denise for this]
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William was born in 1862 at Higher Brook St in WestTeignmouth England and christened on 24th November the same year. His parents are listed as Henry Smith, cabinetmaker, and Harriet Smith formerly Coles. William is the only child of Henry and Harriet, but a stillborn child is listed for the previous year. William married Bessie Blanche Brewer in 1881,the marriage certificate showing his father Henry was deceased at this time. Together with their first 2 of 6 children they emigrated to Australia in 1886-87. He passed away in 1939.

The following notes are from his late granddaughter, Wilma Agg.

William worked in the Printing Industry in England as a compositor.He married Blanche Brewer in 1881,and lived at Tudor Road, Newton Abbott, Devon England. Their first and second children were born here. William, Blanche, Olive and Charles sailed from England to Australia in 1887 aboard the ship "Ă„rawa", arriving 8th October 1887. (1886?) The last four children of William and Blanche were all born in Australia (first families record). When William arrived in Melbourne he worked at The Age newspaper with David Syme, as a Compositer, remaining there until he died in 1939. They lived in Parkville. He followed Fitzroy Football Team ardently, and took son Sydney to the match each Saturday. After Blanche died in 1916, William married Jessie Field (Mater) in Geelong on 10th November 1917. Mater was born 14/2/1853 and died 18/5/1948. They did not have children. William and Mater Wilma remembers visiting them in a lovely big house in Moorhouse St Armadale. Wilma's parents and family lived in a small house in the same street. Wilma learned the piano on their Thummer when about 8 years old. Grandpa died when he collapsed in the street on his way home from work. He always worked at night Mater went to Geelong to live with her sister.

William and his first wife Harriet are buried together at Coburg Pine Ridge Cemetery, together with their daughter Olive Blanch Jones and her husband Richard Hannaford Jones. Another name of Goodfellow, John, is also buried here aged 4 months. He died 11/5/1916. The connection is not known yet. (See research notes)

Research Notes

Baby John Goodfellow was the infant son of Ruby Ruth Goodfellow ( nee Jordan) and John Clapton Goodfellow, born 1916, Preston Vic. His parents were married in 1914.His siblings were Alf and Eric b.1917. Eric died 1918 aged 1 at Preston. Also Keith, born 1921 died 1942 RAAF accident in Bairnsdale. Ruby died 1952 Preston and is also buried at Coburg with her children Eric and Keith. John Clapton died 1970 at Caulfield. Further research required as unable to find a connection to the Smith family and why baby John is buried with William and Bessie.

Update September 2019. A trip to Coburg Cemetery to visit William's grave shows the Headstone not to have any reference to John Goodfellow. The Headstone itself is hard to read but it details Bessie, William and their daughter Olive and her husband Richard and also their son Sgt Charles Smith, who is buried in Belgium, killed in Action March 1918.


  • Probate notice of will 18/9/1939 in The Age.
  • Family documents
  • First Families
  • Marriage Certificates
  • Birth Certificate Registered Newton Abbot, Teignmouth No 13 page 74

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On 8 Oct 2017 Denise (Agg) Heath wrote:

Notes are from Wilma Agg nee Chaffey.

William worked in the printing industry in England when he married Blanche Brewer in 1881.They lived at Tudor rd Newton Abbot, Devon, England. Their first 2 children were born here. William, Blanche, Olive and Charles sailed from England to Australia in 1887, arriving 8/10/1887 In Melbourne William worked at The Age newspaper with David Syme, as a compositor until he died in 1939. They lived in Parkville. William was an ardent Fitzroy Football Club supporter, taking his son Sydney each Saturday. Following the death of Blanche in 1916, William married Jesse Field(Mater) born 14/2/1853 and died 18/5/1948. Blanche died of cancer before Wilma was born, so did not know her grandmother. Wilma remembers visiting her grandpa and mater when quite small. they lived in a lovely big house in Moorhouse st Armadale. Wilma,s parents and family lived in the same steet in a small house for a number of years. Wilma learnt to play the piano on their big and black Thummer! William died when he collapsed outside Wilmas parents home, in the street, on his way home from work. He always worked at night.

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