Alexander Kennedy Smith

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Alexander Kennedy Smith
31st Mayor of Melbourne
In office
Preceded by James Gatehouse
Succeeded by James Paterson
Personal details
Born (1824-07-07)7 July 1824
Cauldmill, Roxburghshire, Scotland
Died 16 January 1881(1881-01-16) (aged 56)
Melbourne, Australia
Citizenship British
Nationality Scottish and Australian

Alexander Kennedy Smith (7 July 1824 – 16 January 1881) was a Scottish/Australian engineer and former Mayor of Melbourne.

Early life[edit]

Smith was born in Cauldmill near Hawick, Roxburghshire, Scotland. He was involved in the development of many of Victoria's gas and water works during the 1850s and 1860s.

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.

Career highlights[edit]

  • 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