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 Industries 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  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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