Alexander Kennedy Smith
|Alexander Kennedy Smith|
|31st Mayor of Melbourne|
|Preceded by||James Gatehouse|
|Succeeded by||James Paterson|
7 July 1824|
Cauldmill, Roxburghshire, Scotland
|Died||16 January 1881
|Nationality||Scottish and Australian|
Smith was sent[clarification needed] from Scotland to Melbourne in 1854 to manage and build the Melbourne Gas and Coke Co. works. Once that project was complete, Smith remained in Victoria and set up his own practice. He built gas works at Ballarat, Castlemaine and Bendigo in Victoria, as well as one at Newcastle, New South Wales. Smith also drew up plans and specifications for many other works in Australia and overseas. He was a consulting and locomotive engineer for the Melbourne and Suburban Railway Company, and worked as an engineer on the South Yarra Waterworks.
Smith was also a member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly from 1877 to 1881, member for the La Trobe Ward in the Melbourne City Council for fifteen years, and Mayor of Melbourne from 1875 to 1876.
Smith died of heart disease at his home in Studley Park, Victoria, Australia.
- 1846 - 1854 Engineer with the Great Western Railway Company.
- 1853 - c.1857 Seconded to build and manage the Melbourne Gas and Coke Co. works - a five-year contract
- 1854 Arrived in Australia (Melbourne)
- c.1857 - Civil and Consulting Engineer private practice established in Carlton, Victoria
- 1860 - ? Major in the Victorian Volunteer Artillery Regiment
- 1875 - 1876 Mayor of the City of Melbourne
- 1877 - 1881 Member for East Melbourne in the Legislative Assembly
- Bio at Melbourne University Bright Sparcs
- Jill Eastwood, 'Smith, Alexander Kennedy (1824-1881)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Vol.6, MUP, 1976, p. 139
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