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Thomas Smith (1846 - 1925)

Thomas Smith
Born in Polesworth, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdommap
Husband of — married 10 Oct 1870 in Eastern Hill, Victoria, Australiamap
Died at age 78 in Richmond, Victoria, Australiamap
Profile last modified | Created 7 Oct 2009
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Thomas Smith was born in England.

Thomas Smith was born in the third quarter of 1846 in Polesworth, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom. He was the first child born to Benjamin Fletcher Smith, a hatter, and Mary Ann Knight. [1]

In 1851, according to the England census, Thomas was 4 years old and living with his parents and his younger brother at their home on John Street in Christchurch, Surrey, England. His father was employed as hat finisher. [2]

In 1856, when he was 10 years old, his family immigrated to Australia. After a 3 months journey on the Moorsefort they arrived in Melbourne, Australia on July 2, 1856. [3]

Thomas married Jane Johnston on October 10, 1870. [4] Together they had at least 2 children:

  1. Thomas Smith
  2. Benjamin Smith
Marriage notice published in The Age, Melbourne:
SMITH—JOHNSTON.—On the 10th October, at Lansdowne-terrace, Easternhill, by Mr. G. L. Surber, Thomas Smith, of Carlton, to Jane, youngest daughter of Mr. Peter Johnston, Emerald-hill. [5]

He died on August 05, 1925 in Richmond, Victoria, Australia at the age of 78 years. [6] [7]


  1. Birth England & Wales General Register Office, GRO Online Index - Birth ( : accessed14 Aug 2021), database entry for SMITH, THOMAS, (Mother's maiden surname: KNIGHT) GRO Reference: 1846 S Quarter in ATHERSTONE Volume 16 Page 238
  2. "England and Wales Census, 1851," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 9 November 2019), Thomas Smith in household of Benjn Smith, Christchurch, Surrey, England; citing Christchurch, Surrey, England, p. 63, from "1851 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast ( : n.d.); citing PRO HO 107, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.
  3. "Australia, Victoria, Inward Passenger Lists, 1839-1923", database, FamilySearch ( : 15 October 2019), Thomas Smith, 1856.
  4. BDM- Victoria,,Marriage: JOHNSTON Given names Jane Event Marriage Spouse's family name SMITH Spouse's given name Thomas Reg. year1870 Reg. no4581
  5. Family Notices (1870, October 15). The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), p. 2. Retrieved November 2, 2018, from
  6. Victoria BDM Deaths: Thomas Smith, 1925 aged 78 at Richmond, Victoria. Parents Benjamin Fletcher Smith and Mary Ann (maiden name Knight)., 11428 / 1925
  7. "Australia, Victoria, Index to Probate Registers, 1841-1989," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 2 March 2021), Thomas Smith, 29 Sep 1925; citing Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, series 205, record 081, Public Record Office, Victoria; FamilySearch digital folder 004319451.

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