Neil Smith
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Neil Smith

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Neil H. Smith
Born 1940s.
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Brother of [private sister (1940s - unknown)]
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Father of [private son (1970s - unknown)], , and [private son (1980s - unknown)]
Profile last modified | Created 11 Dec 2017 | Last significant change: 1 Oct 2022
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Neil grew up in Rozelle NSW, known as Balmain West until a new Post Office was built in 1892. It was an industrial area with the attendant pollution. Soot from the railway yards, and power stations, and smells from the various chemical works were particularly noticeable. Trams were still running via Harold Park and Forest Lodge into the city. Before the new Iron Cove bridge opened on 30 July 1955, a child could still ride a scooter down Victoria Road as long as you avoided getting stuck in the tram tracks, because there was very little traffic outside of peak times.

Neil began his schooling at Rozelle Central school in 1952 and in 1960 enrolled in the new Ibrox Park Boy's High, overlooking the old Balmain Cemetery. I began my working life in 1965 at Dunlop [Perdriau's] Drummoyne, and studied for a Chemistry Certificate at Sydney Technical College part time. Later I worked for Chemical Materials at Glebe, and retired in 2007 from Nuplex Industries Ltd.

Recording the family history started about 1997, prompted by a project Natalie did that year on the Sherriff family and home, as part of course. Cousin Nat Owles had already done a large amount of work on the Lovell and Gallard family trees. Peggy Lovell (nee Thompson) provide advice and a disc for the Small Family. Cousin Lionel Lovell gave me a disc containing his family tree using PAF5, which I then adopted, switching to Rootsmagic7 [2018] and recently upgrading to RM8, as my main software.

I was guided by a lot of absorbed childhood memories, but required the purchase of many certificates (before I discovered Transcriptions) to verify them. Luckily the Smith names followed a Scottish pattern and included spouse family names, which made tracking easier. Luck again was with me with the Patterson family tree, which I obtained from Patricia Hayward, also great grandmother's Fyfe family from Sandra Rea and Sue Pollock. In 2009 my neighbour Fran suggested I investigate Trove and this lead me to the McCallum family with whom the Smith's had friendships and several marriages. It was Jean Little who suggested I investigate Wikitree. A large number of other distant relatives have also contributed heaps, including Jeffrey Smith.

For Lyn's side her siblings, Barbara Nutz, Bryan Burdett, Narelle Ross and others have contributed generously.

As of 19 December 2021 I had 8,894 profiles on my "watchlist." Wikitree recommends no more than 5,000 so the project for 2022 is to add FamilySearch references and to reduce profiles watched to less than 5,000 without compromising data integrity.


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Hi Neil,

I noticed you have been busy adding many sources to Wikitree profiles. Are you aware of the Guide for Australian Sources produced by The Australia Project team? It is a great resource and includes information about many kinds of Australian sources and has examples which show how these might be properly formatted. You will find it here: Regards, Susan

posted by Susan Stopford
Hi Neil

The link in John Gunter (1778-1843) no longer works, can you have a look and see if you can correct it please The same link is in


Jules Harris, Sussex Team

posted by Jules Harris
edited by Jules Harris

Some extra info for your profiles: Sverre Andreas Kaaten was born on 26/7/1908 at Kongsvinger, Norway. No children. He was an Australian Ski-jumping Champion. He had siblings in Norway and a sister named Lillemor who was married and lived in Melbourne, and they had one son named Daryl.

Cam McFadyen, Netta (Parker) McFadyen's husband had siblings: Ralph, Lionel, Gloria (McFadyen) Miller and Madeleine (McFadyen) Springhall, with offspring, Their Daughter-in-law, Phyllis (Young) McFadyen was the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs A. W. Young of North Balwyn, Victoria. Their Son-in-law, Brian Ballantyne, was the only son of Mr. and Mrs K. L. Ballantyne of Canterbury, Melbourne.

David Henderson McCathie, husband of Dorothy (Parker) McCathie, had siblings--Ken, Jack/John and Kathleen. David had no offspring. Ken, Jack and Kathleen were married with offspring and grandchildren.

The McCathie brothers had a department store in Pitt Street. Kathleen was married and lived in America.

I can provide some more relevant names if you wish.


posted by S. P. (Nivison) Mousouros
edited by S. P. (Nivison) Mousouros
Hi Neil

Thank you for the comment on Barassi-4 even thru you deleted it. It promoted me to do an update. I hope I have done him justice. Originally the profile was created as part of one of my first projects and I have learnt a lot since then.

Thanks again Amanda

posted by Amanda Myers
edited by Amanda Myers

Re merge of Wilva Keast (Howard-23759) and Wilva Howard (Howard-20458)., I've actioned this, I've inadvertantly created duplicate profiles in the past, it's always a pain, Wikitree has good systems to avoid duplicates, but it only takes a small discrepency to defeat them.


posted by Gary Burgess
Neil - there is no documented reference to the link between Francis Spencer and Martha Martin, though there is a lot of anecdotal information in various **respected** databases like the Hawaiian archives.
posted by Megan Tilley
Hi Neil. Re Martha Martin: I will remove Richard as the father. Her LNAB was Martyn not Martin but I'm sure that was just an error by the recorder at the time. I had no knowledge of the other possible father. All the information I had was from Martha's Death cert where Richard was named as father. The family may have no other knowledge of any other possibility. I'm will remove myself as PM as I have no relationship with the family so that you can adopt it & work on her. Cheers, Eileen
Neil, thank you for each of your more than 1000 contributions to our Shared Tree for the month of August 2019. All of your work makes our Tree all that much better.

Pippin Sheppard

WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hi Neil!

Thank you for your time and energy in creating over 1000 (actually, over 1500!) contributions to WikiTree for the month of July 2019. Your efforts are appreciated!

Pip Sheppard

WikiTree Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
I think I have done all I can on Rowland Bourke VC's profile, Neil. Will come back to it later and see if I can find his siblings.
posted by Kenneth Evans
Hello, Neil!

Very well done on your making 1,000 or more contributions to WikiTree in June 2019! We commend and appreciate all of your time and effort in helping to grow and perfect our Shared Tree. Keep up the great work!

Pip Sheppard ~ WikiTree Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hi Neil,

I just wanted to let you know that I have cleaned up the profiles of Frank and Matthew Garrard by adding some sources, categories and references, as well as arranging all the information a little better so it is easier to read.

I am wondering if you have ever considered yourself to be a potential profile or biography writer. I know you have good knowledge of these people and are also good at finding information. It is actually kind of fun and a good way to learn more about people.


posted by Simon Ross
Hi Neil!

Congratulations on making more than 1,000 contributions to WikiTree for the Month of May. We all appreciate your efforts to make our Shared Tree the best it can be. Keep up the great work and THANK YOU!

Pip Sheppard

WikiTree Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Thanks Neil for the extra info on George Christopher Stebbings and family.


posted by Kay Walker
Thank you Neil for all the work you have done on Wiki Tree


posted by Lionel Lovell

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