Henry Smith (6 Nov 1842 - 30 Sep 1924) ROBERT AND LUCY SMITH'S CHILD


Henry Smith (6 Nov 1842 - 30 Sep 1924)

Henry Smith is my great, great uncle.

Henry Smith was born on 6 November 1842 in Burghfield, Berkshire, England to Lucy Dore (nee Smith) and Robert Smith

English census' at show the following:

30 March 1851 - Living on Burghfield Common.  Aged 8 living with parents Robert and Lucy with brother George 10 and sister Martha 5. On both sides of them are living the Dore's.  The biggest land owners in Burghfield in 1851 are:
  • William Frift, a farmer of 250 acres
  • Charles Lovegrove, a farmer of 192 acres
  • William Hedges, a farmer of 100 acres - owned Bridge? House Farm
  • William Scribbans, a farmer of 40 acres
  • Horatio Bland owning Culverlands House



30 March 1861 - Living at Burghfield.  Aged 18 living with parents Robert and Lucy and brothers Charles 8, Joseph 7 and William 1.  George has left and is living with is wife Caroline (George is listed as a labourer).  The three biggest land owners in Burghfield in 1861 are:
  • James L Steel, a farmer of 150 acres
  • Loves Farm, owned by David Love, a farmer of 135 acres, and
  • Culverlands Farm, owned by Charles Bishop, a farmer of 100 acres.



On the 15 June 1865, Henry married Susanna Love at Bradfield, Berkshire, England.  Susannah was already pregnant with their first child Kate.  The Love family were very rich in the district with a farm called Love Farm owned by David Love, a farmer of 135 acres.  In 1861 Susanna is working for Mr and Mrs Biggs at Saint John's in the Parish of Saint Giles, Reading as a General Servant.

On 4 July 1865, Henry is witness to his sister Martha's wedding at St Mary's Church, Burghfield, Berkshire, England.

Three weeks later on 29 July 1865, Henry and Susannah left England for Australia onboard the "Adamant". Henry is listed as Henry James.

They arrived in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia on 15 October 1865.

Sellick's Hill, South Australia, Australia (1865-1899)

On 26 December 1865, their first child, a daughter is born at Sellick's Hill, South Australia, Australia.  They name her Kate.

On 17 April 1867, their second child and second daughter, Jane Smith is born at Sellick's Hill, South Australia, Australia.

In the newspaper "The South Australian Register" dated 14 September, 1868 in an article titled "The Gold Diggings" Henry is mentioned as being at the diggings.  It states: "Another party, consisting of Mr Henry Smith, of Sellick's Hill, and Mr. Duncan McRae, were particularly fortunate in having obtained from a tubful of stuff taken from the bottom of a hole some 12 feet deep a nugget weighing 1 oz. 3 dwts. 6 grains; another of about half the size, and two or three smaller ones. These two had been engaged on the diggings for a fortnight, but their previous findings had not been very great."

On 12 November 1868, their third child and third daughter, Lucy Smith is born at Sellick's Hill, South Australia, Australia.

On 18 July 1870, their fourth child and first son, Herbert Henry Smith is born at Sellick's Hill.  He dies within the year on 24 June 1871 at Sellick's Hill.

On the 13 January 1872, Henry buys 3885 Main South Road, Sellicks Hill (Lot 277) from William Pengilly. The land area still exists today.  Henry is described as a Yeoman.  He pays 16 pounds for the property.  Could it be that this money came from the Love family.





On 21 January 1872, just a few days after buying land at Sellick's Hill, their fifth child and fourth daughter Beatrice Smith is born at Sellick's Hill.

Then between 1868 to 1873 also purchases land as follows
  • CITY - 3 pieces of land at Norwood
  • NORTH - Greenock in the Barossa Valley, 2 pieces of land at Stow near Balaklava, Gilbert near Hamley Bridge, Kapunda and Gawler South
  • SOUTH EAST - Port McDonnell near Mount Gambier, Kincraig near Naracoorte and Naracoorte
On 24 April 1874, their sixth child and second son Henry Smith is born at Sellick's Hill. 

On 5 December 1874, Lucy, their third child and third daughter dies at Sellick's Hill.  She is 6 years old.

On 5 February 1875, Henry Smith dies.  He was their sixth child and second son and was 9 months old.

Henry's younger brother Joseph arrived with his wife Eliza Rowlinson in Adelaide on 3 August 1875. When they arrived at Port Adelaide by boat, Henry met them with his dray and a big black horse called Ted.

Henry and brother Joseph Smith
The brothers were short men and so Joseph, who went first to live with Henry and work the farm, found it too hard pushing the large heavy equipment and so decided to move closer to the city.

On 17 August 1876, their seventh child and third son, Horatio Dore Smith is born at Aldinga, South Australia, Australia.  Horatio Dore Smith will eventually move to Neerim with his father.

Next up is William Arthur Smith who is born 28 September 1878 at Sellick's Hill, South Australia, Australia.  He is the eighth child and fourth son.  He also eventually moves to Neerim with his father.

On 22 August 1880, Lizzy Lott Smith is born at Aldinga, South Australia, Australia.  She is the ninth child and third daughter.

Lizzy Lott Flavin (nee Smith) in later life
In June 1883, Albert Benjamin Smith is born.  He is the tenth child and fifth son. He was born at Sellick's Hill, South Australia, Australia.

On 12 February 1885, Alexander Smith was born.  He was the eleventh child and sixth son.  He was born at Sellick's Hill, South Australia, Australia.  He dies three days later on the 15 February 1885.

Lastly came, Agnes Smith.  Born 2 May 1886 at Sellick's Hill, South Australia, Australia. Agnes dies 5 days later there.

On 10 June 1887, their fifth son Albert Benjamin Smith dies. He is about 4 years old.

Henry and Susannah's remaining 5 children (4 females and 2 males) therefore are:

Kate Sandford (nee Smith)
Jane Smith (nee Smith) - goes to Neerim for a short period.
Beatrice Wickham (nee Smith)
Horatio Dore Smith - goes to Neerim. Marries Frances Mary Richardson.
William Arthur Smith - goes to Neerim. Marries Isabella Bird.
Lizzy Lott Flavin (nee Smith) - goes to Neerim.

On 8 October 1887, Henry and Susannah's eldest daughter Kate marries William Stanford.  Henry is listed as still living at Sellick's Hill.

Henry's wife Susannah dies on the 31 January 1890 at Sellick's Hill. She was 46.

On 9 March 1896, Henry and Susannah's third eldest daughter Beatrice marries Walter Horace Wickham in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.  Henry is listed as still living at Sellick's Hill.

Henry is elected a district councillor for the Sellick's Hill Ward of Aldinga Council in July 1897.

On 3 February 1898, Henry's sister in law Eliza Smith dies in Parkside, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.

Between 1 October 1896 and 24 May 1898 Henry's cousin Henry Dore moves from Moss Vale, New South Wales, Australia to Neerim, Victoria, Australia.

Henry sells the land at Sellick's Hill to Robert James Hunt on 20 January 1899.

A poem was written before 1900 with reference to Henry in the 4th and 5th paragraphs. We are unsure of who the author of the poem was. It reads:

From Normanville to Noarlunga - The Changes of the Coach

How many changes do we see
As on through life we go
Even to the coach and horses, too
Which all of you do know
Hill & Co, will lose a man
On whom all could rely,
He is the driver of the coach,
His name is Mr Guy.
Now we must say good-bye to him
But not with our will
And put another driver on,
From Shoe to Normanville.

The winter time is drawing nigh,
The nights grow cold and dark,
And driving up this Sellick's Hill
Indeed it is no lark.
When he has got a good load on
He wants both nerves and sense
For here death stares you in the face
If he drives through the fence.

For ten long years did poor old Guy
Drive up and down the Hill,
And never once in that long time
Did he ever have a spill.
Whereever he goes whatever he does
May luck smile on him still.
We wish him well, yes, everyone
From the Shoe to Normanville.

Hill & Co's poor ostler too,
Has got his pass to walk,
I'll bet him, yes, against many man
In this here world to talk
And what he says is rather stretched,
Not always quite too true
For if he meets an Indian man
He's been to India, too.

But poor old Harry is a good old sort,
He likes to joke and laugh
And resembles his well fed horse, too,
For he is full of chaff.
But now he is going to leave us
To appear upon another scene,
And try some other existence
Where the grass is always green.
There are going to shift the stables, too,

From this Norman Victory Pub
Where the passengers alighted,
And ate their bit of grub.
Where they changed the horses
To proceed on their track.

And men enjoyed their nobblers,
Which they drank off with a smack.
The ladies would go into tea,
And some themselves would stuff
Till poor old Guy, "all aboard" would cry,
Before they'd had enough.
You would see some thin, one going in
Hungry there is no doubt,
But when they went back to the coach,
They always looked quite stout.

And if you want a good feed,
You just at this pub stay
You cannot beat the hostess,
Her name is A. B. McRae.

The waitress is a jolly lass,
Upon my word it's true
To surpass her work about the house
Indeed there are but few.
Perhaps you would like to know her name,
I'll give you but one guess.
She came from Second Valley here,
Her name is Miss J. Lawless.

Now the good times are over, it's no use to cry,
We'll try and sing and make it ring,
Wait till the clouds roll bye. "

Gippsland, Victoria, Australia (1900 - 1914)

Sometime between 1899 and May 1900, Henry heads to Gippsland, Victoria and lives at a place called Neerim.  He goes there because his cousin, Henry Dore (who married Sarah Ann Bird in 1894) is living there.  Henry Dore is the son of Henry Dore who is the brother of Lucy Dore.

With him are four of his six children - Jane Smith, Horatio Dore Smith, William Arthur Smith and Lizzy Lott Smith. Kate and Beatrice stay behind as they are married.

On 9 May 1900, Henry's mother Lucy dies in Burghfield, Berkshire, England and a notice is published in the Advertiser. 

It lists that Henry is living at Neerim, Gippsland, Victoria.

On 11 June 1900, Henry's daughter Jane marries Henry's brother (!!!) Joseph in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.

Living in Neerim South between 1903 and 1909 are his sons, Horatio, a labourer and William Arthur a labourer.  

On 9 January 1903, Henry's daughter Lizzy Lott Smith marries John James Flavin at Warragul, Victoria, Australia not far from Neerim.

1903 Voters Lists of Neerim South:

Henry Smith - Farmer
Horatio Smith - Labourer 
William Arthur Smith - Labourer

Henry Dore - Farmer
Sarah Ann Dore - Home Duties

James Flavin - Farmer
Jessie Flavin - Home Duties
John Flavin - Labourer

In 1904, Henry's son William Arthur Smith marries Isabella Bird in Victoria, Australia.

In 1905, Henry's son Horatio Dore Smith marries Frances Mary Richardson in Victoria, Australia.

1905 Voters Lists of Neerim South:

Henry Smith - Farmer
Horatio Smith - Labourer and Isabella Smith - Home Duties
William Arthur Smith - Labourer
James Flavin - Farmer
John Flavin - Labourer and Lizzy Lott Flavin - Home Duties
Henry Dore - Farmer and Sarah Ann Dore - Home Duties
William Bird - Farmer and Margaret Bird - Home Duties

1906 Voters Lists of Neerim South:

Henry Smith - Farmer
Horatio Smith - Labourer and Isabella Smith - Home Duties
William Arthur Smith - Labourer
Henry Dore - Farmer and Sarah Anne Dore - Home Duties
William Bird - Farmer and Margaret Bird - Home Duties

1908 Voters Lists of Neerim South:

Henry Smith - Farmer
Horatio Smith - Labourer and Frances Smith - Home Duties
William Arthur Smith - Labourer and Isabella Smith - Home Duties
Henry Dore - Farmer and Sarah Anne Dore - Home Duties
Annie Bird - Home Duties and John Bird - Labourer
William Bird - Farmer and Margaret Bird - Home Duties

1909 Voters Lists of Neerim South:

Henry Smith - Farmer
Horatio Smith - Labourer and Frances Smith - Home Duties
William Arthur Smith - Labourer and Isabella Smith - Home Duties
Henry Dore - Farmer and Sarah Anne Dore - Home Duties
Annie Bird - Home Duties and John Bird - Labourer
William Bird - Farmer and Margaret Bird - Home Duties

1912 Voters Lists of Neerim South:

Henry Smith - Farmer
Horatio Smith - Labourer and Frances Smith - Home Duties
Harry Dore - Contractor and Sarah Anne Dore - Home Duties
Hannah Bird - Home Duties and John Bird - Labourer
William Bird - Farmer and Margaret Bird - Home Duties

*William Arthur Smith and his wife Isabella aren't living at Neerim South anymore.

1913 Voters Lists of Neerim South:

Henry Smith - Farmer
Horatio Smith - Labourer and Frances Smith - Home Duties
Harry Dore - Contactor and Sarah Anne Dore - Home Duties
Hannah Bird - Home Duties and John Bird - Labourer
William Bird - Farmer and Margaret Bird - Home Duties

1914 Voters Lists of Neerim South:

Henry Smith - Farmer
Horatio Smith - Labourer and Frances Smith - Home Duties
Harry Dore - Contactor and Sarah Anne Dore - Home Duties
Hannah Bird - Home Duties and John Bird - Labourer
William Bird - Farmer and Margaret Bird - Home Duties


By 1915, Henry returns to Adelaide to live with his brother Joseph and daughter Jane. Horatio Dore Smith and his wife Frances stay in Neerim South.


The last known photo of Henry Smith taken in 1915

Henry died on the 30 September 1924 at his brother Joseph's home at 138 Leicester Street, Parkside, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.  He is buried with his brother, Joseph, and Janie in the West Terrace Cemetery, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia (Flinders Block, Row 10, Allotment 3 East).


Joseph, Henry and Janies grave


1 comment:

  1. Hello,
    My name is David Dore-Smith. Can you email me at doresmith@hotmail.com. I believe I am related to these people. My Dads name at birth was John Wallace Dore Smith. His dad was Henry Herbert Horatio Smith.
    Thank you so much for this detailed research.

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