Gerard Smith (governor)

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Gerard Smith
Born 1839
Died October 28, 1920
Occupation Public official
Parents Martin Tucker Smith
Louisa (Ridley) Smith
Relatives Martin Tucker Smith (paternal grandfather)
Matthew White Ridley, 1st Viscount Ridley (maternal grandfather)

Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Gerard Smith KCMG (1839-1920) was Governor of Western Australia from 1895 to 1900.


Early life[edit]

Gerard Smith was born in 1839. He was the third son of Martin Tucker Smith (1803–1880) and Louisa (Ridley) Smith. His paternal grandfather was Martin Tucker Smith (1803–1880), a banker and Liberal Member of Parliament for Midhurst in West Sussex, England. His maternal grandfather was Matthew White Ridley, 1st Viscount Ridley (1842–1904), the British Home Secretary from 1895 to 1900.


He joined the Royal Scots Fusiliers as an ensign in 1857 and briefly saw service in Canada, retiring from the Army in 1874. He joined the family bank, Samuel Smith, Bros. & Co., and went on to become a business leader in Kingston-upon-Hull being instrumental in the formation of the Hull and Barnsley Railway. He became a Groom-in-Waiting to Queen Victoria and was knighted in 1895.

He served as Governor of Western Australia from 1895 to 1900.


He was a freemason. He was initiated to the craft on 4 May 1880 at the age of 41 in the United Studholme Alliance Lodge No. 1591. He was passed and raised within two months. On 17 January 1890, he became Worshipful Master of the Lodge. As usually, when he was appointed Governor of Western Australia, he also became Honorary Past Junior Grand Warden. As the Grand Lodge of Western Australia had not been founded at the time, he was appointed District Grand Master of Western Australia. When the Grand Lodge was founded he became its first Grand Master.[1]


He died on October 28, 1920.


Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Carington
Member of Parliament for Wycombe
Succeeded by
Viscount Curzon
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir William Robinson
Governor of Western Australia
Succeeded by
Captain Sir Arthur Lawley