Smith, David

Born 18 November 1861 (Sheepshead near Bendigo, Victoria)
Died 24 January 1943. (Bendigo cemetery)
Parents: James, miner, and Agnes Thompson, both b. Scotland
Marriage: c1886 Agnes Elizabeth Reed; 2s.
Occupation: Blacksmith
Religion: Presbyterian
Education: National and state schools, Bendigo

Career: Blacksmith Bendigo, then Yarraville and Mirboo North before returning to Bendigo; supporter co-operative movement; originated Golden Square plantation and David Smith scholarships Golden Square State School; Rechabite District Chief Ruler.

Party: Labor; Australian Labor Party
Party Note: Expelled 1914 over advocacy of scripture lessons in state school; National Labor 1917, Nationalist 1920.

House Electorate Start *   End *  
MLABendigo WestJune 1904 May 1924 

Other seats contested: Bendigo (fed.) 1903
Appointments: Minister without Portfolio Dec. 1913. Royal commission Vic. Police Force 1905-1906, Murray Waters 1909-1910. Electricity Supply committee 1920, 1922.
References: Rechabite 8 May 1915; Age, Bendigo Advertiser 25 June 1943
Initial data source: Browne, G, 'Biographical Register of the Victorian Parliament 1900-84', 1985
Last update: 1985 (last date the record was checked and updated)

*The Start date for Members elected after 1900 is the date they were elected. The start date for pre-1900 Members is the date they were sworn in.