Smith, John Thomas

Born 1816 (Sydney, New South Wales)
Died 30 January 1879. (Flemington)
Parents: John and Eliza, nee Biggs
Marriage: Ellen Pender; 7s. 4d.
Occupation: Publican
Religion: Church of England
Education: Cape's school, Sydney

Career: Briefly clerk Bank of A'sia and employed in Colonial Stores Department; to Melbourne 1837 and appointed schoolmaster Aboriginal Mission Station; clerk or manager for J. Hodgson; worked in grocery and timber trades; hotel-keeping from 1841; obtained licence for the Adelphi in Flinders Lane; built another 1843, licensed as St John's Tavern, and adjoining it, the Queen's Theatre, and became a large land-owner. Prominent Freemason. City councillor from 1842 and mayor of Melbourne seven times between 1851 and 1864.

House Electorate Start *   End *  
MLCNorth BourkeNovember 1851 May? 1853Resigned
MLCMelbourneMay 1853(b/e)March 1856 
MLAMelbourneNovember 1856 August 1859 
MLACreswickOctober 1859 July 1861 
MLAWest BourkeAugust 1861 January 1879 

Other seats contested: Central Province 1856, E. Melbourne 1859, W. Melbourne 1859, Creswick 1861
Appointments: Minister Mines 20 Sept 1869-9 Apr 1870
References: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 6
Initial data source: Thomson, K & Serle, G, 'A Biographical Register of the Victorian Legislature 1851-1900', ANU Press, 1972
Last update: 1972 (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.