Gerard Smith (governor)

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Sir Gerard Smith KCMG
Born 12 December 1839
Pimlico, London
Died 28 October 1920
Occupation Public official
Spouse(s) Isabella Chatelaine Hamilton
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.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Gerard Smith was born on 12 December 1839 in Pimlico, London. He was the third son of Martin Tucker Smith (1803–1880), politician, banker and director of the East India Co., 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.[1]

Career[edit]

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 in 1880. He was a Groom-in-Waiting to Queen Victoria from 1883 to 1885 and was knighted in 1895.[1]

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

Freemasonry[edit]

He was a Freemason, being initiated to the craft in the United Studholme Alliance Lodge No. 1591 on 4 May 1880 at the age of 41, and "passed" and "raised" within two months. On 17 January 1890, he became Worshipful Master of the Lodge. As was usual, 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.[2]

Death[edit]

He died in London on 28 October 1920. His wife predeceased him in 1915.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Crowley, Francis Keble (1988). "Smith, Sir Gerard (1839–1920)". Australian Dictionary of Biography 11. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  2. ^ http://kenthenderson.com.au/m_papers03.html

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Carington
Member of Parliament for Wycombe
1883–1885
Succeeded by
Viscount Curzon
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir William Robinson
Governor of Western Australia
1895–1900
Succeeded by
Captain Sir Arthur Lawley