Smith, William Collard

Born 19 July 1830 (Ballington, Cheshire)
Died 20 October 1894. (Brunswick)
Parents: William, cotton manufacturer
Marriage: Ballarat, Ellen Newman. 1s.
Occupation: Mining Investor
Religion: Church of England

Career: Arrived Melbourne 1852; mining on various fields; settled Ballarat 1855 as land agent and auctioneer; partner, A.E. Wynne; made successful mining speculations, and was mining promoter; also had pastoral interests in Riverina, and local manufacturing interests; chairman Municipal Conference Melbourne 1869. Early member of the volunteer defence force; captain Ballarat Rifle Rangers 1861, major 1872, and retired with rank of lieutenant-colonel 1884, Delegate to Federal Convention Sydney 1891. Councillor W. Ballarat 1856; chairman borough 1860, 1861; mayor of city 1874-1875, 1887-1888

House Electorate Start *   End *  
MLABallarat WestAugust 1861 January 1864Resigned
MLABallarat WestApril 1871 April 1892 
MLABallarat WestOctober 1894 October 1894 

Other seats contested: W. Ballarat 1892
Appointments: Minister Mines 7 Aug 1875-20 Oct 1875, 21 May 1877-5 Mar 1880; minister Public Instruction 21 May 1877-5 Mar 1880; treasurer 27 Dec 1878-3 Nov 1879; minister Education 3 Aug 1880-9 July 1881; royal commission local government legislation 1873, shop employees (chairman) 1882, gold mining 1889
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.