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Clara Smith (1855 - 1885)

Clara Smith
Born in St Saviour Southwark, Surrey, England, United Kingdommap
Died at age 29 in Collingwood, Victoria, Australiamap
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Clara Smith was born July 1855 in St Saviour Southwark, Surrey, England, United Kingdom. Her parents were Benjamin Smith, a hatter, and Mary Knight. [1]

In 1856, when she was 9 month old, her family immigrated to Australia. After a 3 months journey on the Moorsefort they arrived in Melbourne, Australia on July 2, 1856 right around the time of her first birthday. [2]

Clara Smith died in 1885 in Collingwood, Victoria at the age of 29 years. [3] She was laid to rest at the Melbourne General Cemetery. [4]

SMITH - On the 22nd January, at the residence of her brother William, Wellington-street. Collingwood, Clara, daughter of Benjamin F. Smith, of Sydney and eldest sister of T. Smith, Clarendon-street, South Melbourne, and G. Smith, Elizabeth-street, Hobart, aged 29 years. (The Age, Melbourne, Vic, 24 Jan 1885, p. 5) [5]


  1. "England & Wales General Register Office, GRO Online Index" - Birth ( : accessed16 Aug 2021), database entry for SMITH, CLARA (Mother's maiden surname: KNIGHT), GRO Reference: 1855 S Quarter in SAINT SAVIOUR SURREY Volume 01D Page 1
  2. "Australia, Victoria, Inward Passenger Lists, 1839-1923", database, FamilySearch ( : 15 October 2019), Thomas Smith, 1856.
  3. " Australia, Death Index, 1787-1985", database on-line, Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010., citing record for Clara Smith, Age: 29, Death Place: Collingwood, Victoria, Father's Name: Benj Fletcher Smith, Mother's Name: Mary Ann Knight, Registration Year: 1885, Registration Place: Victoria, Registration Number: 960, Ancestry Record 1779 #1135613 (requires subscription), accessed on 16 Aug 2021.
  4. Find a Grave, database and images ( accessed 16 August 2021, memorial page for Clara Smith (1856–22 Jan 1885), Find a Grave Memorial ID 200880388, citing Melbourne General Cemetery, Carlton North, Melbourne City, Victoria, Australia ; Maintained by Tony M. (contributor 48299134) .
  5. "Family Notices" The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954) 24 January 1885: 5. Web. 16 Aug 2021 (

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