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Robert Barr Smith (1824 - 1915)

Robert Barr Smith
Born in Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire, Scotlandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 15 Apr 1856 (to about 1915) in Victoriamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Adelaide, South Australia, Australiamap
Profile last modified | Created 23 Mar 2013
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Robert was born on 4 Feb 1824, baptized on 29 Feb 1824 at Lochwinnoch. He is the son of Robert Smith and Marjorie Barr.

He married Joanna Lang and they had at least 13 children, 7 daughters and 6 sons.

Robert died on 20 Nov 1915 at Adelaide, South Australia. The record of his death showed that he had a widow, Johanna Lang, a son, Tom Elder Barr Smith, and they lived at Torrens Park, Adelaide.


From his biography in the Australian Dictionary of Biography [1] we find:

Robert Barr Smith was born in February 1824 at or about Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire, Scotland.

He was the son of the Reverend Dr Robert Smith, Church of Scotland minister, and his wife Marjory, née Barr.

Immigrated firstly to the Victorian colony in 1854 and then to South Australia the following year to go into partnership with the Elder brothers. In 1856 he married the Elder's sister Joanna, and in 1863 he and Thomas Elder became sole partners in Elder Smith & Co after George and Alexander retired.

Robert Barr Smith passed away in November 1915 at 40 Angas Street in Adelaide, South Australia at the age of 91 years. And at the time of his death was the wealthiest man in South Australia.

Robert Barr Smith was a renowed businessman and philanthropist and he is buried at the Mitcham Cemetery. And he was survived by his wife, three of his seven daughters and one of his six sons.

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  1. Entered by Rick Heiser, Mar 23, 2013
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed 19 April 2020), memorial page for Robert Barr Smith (1824–1915), Find a Grave Memorial no. 127646430, citing Mitcham Anglican Cemetery, Mitcham, Mitcham City, South Australia, Australia ; Maintained by nettlyne (contributor 47486944).
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed 19 April 2020), memorial page for Robert Barr-Smith (unknown–20 Nov 1915), Find a Grave Memorial no. 156431081, citing West Terrace Cemetery, Adelaide, Adelaide City, South Australia, Australia ; Maintained by Dwight Baker (contributor 47306645) .
  • Victorian Births, Deaths & Marriages: Marriage Registration no. 1856 1825/1856
  • Death Citation

South Australian Birth Deaths & Marriages (Secondary evidence) Page: Ade 396 537 Text: Given Name(s): Robert Barr Last Name: SMITH Death Date: 20 Nov 1915 Gender: M Age: 91y Approx. Birth Year: 1824 Marital Status: M Relative 1: Relative 2: Residence: Adelaide Death Place: Adelaide District: Adelaide Symbol: Book/Page: 396/537

  • Dirk Van Dissel, 'Barr Smith, Robert (1824–1915)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, published first in hardcopy 1976, accessed online 22 June 2019. This article was first published in hardcopy in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 6, (MUP), 1976
  • A NOTABLE CITIZEN. from The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929) of Monday 22 November 1915, Page 7. [2]


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Barr Smith-1 and Smith-38911 appear to represent the same person because: Hi Rick can you please confirm the merge of these two profiles. Note that you are correct the Barr in his name is a middle name not a hyphenated surname.

Hopefully the photos, references and categories I have attached to the incorrectly named profile will be transferred over to the remaining profile.

We can worry about merging the wife's profile afterwards ok. Thank you in advance for your assistance.

Regards Danny Stapleton in Canberra Australia.

posted by Danny Stapleton