Neil Smith

Neil Smith

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Neil H. Smith
Born 1940s.
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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 particulary noticeable. Trams were still running via Harold Park and Forest Lodge into the city. 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.

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

Recording the family history started about 1977. Cousin Nat Owles had already done a large amount of work on the Lovell and Gallard family trees. The research into my father's Smith's was prompted by a project Natalie did in 1997 on the Sherrif family. My work was based on absorbed childhood memories, but required the the purchase af many certificates before I discovered Transcriptions. Luckily the Smith names included spouse family names as well, which made tracking easier. Luck again was with me with the Patterson family tree, which I obtained from Patricia Hayward, also the 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. 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 and more recently [2018] Rootsmagic7 has become my main software. 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.


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My wife was the daughter, of Edwin Sherriff, the son of Harriet Day, who was the daughter of Richard Day, of Tottenham,London.
My wife was the daughter, Colleen Merrett, the daughter of William Nathaniel (Dean) Merrett, who was the son of Martha Dean, who was the daughter of William Dean from Dublin, Ireland.
My father Ronald Smith was the son of Ronald Smith, who was the son of Janet Fyfe (born in Cork), whose father William Fyfe was from Rutherglen, Lanarkshire, Scotland.
My mother was the daughter of Amy Susannah Gallard, daughter of Edward Gallard from Southborough, Kent, England.
My wife was the daughter, of Colleen Merrett, the daughter of Alice Hill, who was the daughter of William Hill, who was the son of William Hill from Bridgewater, Somerset.
My mother was the daughter of George Alfred Alfred Lovell, son of George Lovell, of Cheddar, Somerset.
My wife was the daughter, Colleen Merrett, the daughter of William Nathaniel (Dean) Merrett, who was the son of Thomas Cussen, who was the son of Samuel Jarvis Cussen from Kinsale Cork, Ireland.
My father was the daughter of Alma Patterson, who was the daughter of Walter Patterson, who was the son of David Patterson from Armagh Ireland.
My grandmother, Alma Patterson, was the daughter of Walter Patterson, who was the son of Thirza Rex from Great Driffield, Yorkshire, England.
My wife was the daughter, of Edwin Sherriff, the son of David Sherriff, who was the son of Alexander Sherriff of Arbroath Scotland.
I have Smiths on both my mother and father's families. My father Ronald Smith was the son of Ronald Smith, who was the son of William Smith from Old Cumnock Scotland. My mother's gandmother was Sarah Smith whose grandfather was William Smith from Warwickshire who came to Sydney as a convict.
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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

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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

Neil is 25 degrees from Donald Howard, 21 degrees from Julia Howe and 17 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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