Family History
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Pioneers
SMITH, Thomas & Mary Ann (nee Blythe)
1841 to New South Wales

On 26 December, 1841, Thomas Smith (22), Marianne Smith (21) and George William Smith (9 mths), arrived into Sydney on the LADY CLARKE. They were listed as Protestants with their native place being London and Thomas' occupation given as Blacksmith. (Thomas' age would actually have been about 25.)

After arriving in Australia from England, it appears that Thomas and Mary Ann moved down the coast and took up dairy farming on a tenant farm on the "Berry Estate" at Cambewarra (just north of Nowra). Ten children have been confirmed for Thomas and Mary Ann: Sarah Ann b. 1843, Elizabeth b. 1846, Matilda b. 1848, Rowland Hill b. 1850, George b. 1852, (George, who was manifested as travelling with his parents in 1841, must have died prior to this birth) Emily b. 1855, Thomas b. 1857, William b. 1860, Henry b. 1861 and Charles b. 1864. Births, deaths and marriages have only been confirmed for 5 of these children.

On Wednesday, 15 March 1893, Thomas Smith Snr purchased his tenant farm of appoximately 66 acres. The Shoalhaven News reported
.. that the second large sale of Berry Estate lands was conducted at the Agricultural Hall, Berry, on Wednesday last .. There were in all nearly 1000 persons present and the utmost good feeling prevailed. The bidding now and again was spirited, but in most cases the old tenants purchased their holdings...There was at times much cheering as a tenant stepped forward to sign for the purchase of his or her holding, and the sales were effected with evident satisfaction to all parties... Altogether 65 farms aggregating 2,819 acres were sold.. (18 March 1893)

Prior to March 1893, Thomas was in partnership with his sons (uncertain which ones). However the decision was made to dissolve the partnership and sell off some of the assets, possibly because at age 77, Thomas was ready for retirement. An advertisement for the sale was run in the Shoalhaven News on Saturday 25 March 1893.
On 19 May 1909, Harry acquired a dairy farm of 75 acres at Cambewarra as an investment and sold it again in August 1927 to John Lindsay Goodger. Harry and Mary Ann had retired to Nowra wherehe died in 1930; Mary Ann died in 1939. (See Obituaries S) Both are buried in the Nowra Cemetery.
Son, Rowland married Elizabeth Gillespie in 1874 and they had 10 children in Wallsend where Rowland worked for the Wallsend Coal Company. Rowland died in 1923 and his wife, Elizabeth (see Obituaries S) died in 1934. Both are buried in the Wallsend cemetery.

Son, Charles married Mary Ann Goodger's younger sister, Elizabeth in 1889 and they had 8 children. Charles worked in the timber industry for most of his life. On 15 July 1915, Charles purchased 67.5 acre farm situated at Cambewarra. On 16 March 1920, Charles leased his property to William George Smith (brother?). Charles and Elizabeth moved into Nowra and bought a home in Osborne Street, where they resided until their deaths; Elizabeth in 1940 and Charles, in 1941. See Obituaries S They are also buried in the Nowra cemetery.
Daughter, Emily married Edmund's Bartlett's brother, Alfred in 1876 and they had 7 children. Alfred died in Nowra in 1889; Emily married another brother Stephen in 1898. Emily died in 1922, Stephen, 3 years later in 1925. See Obituaries B. Emily was buried beside her first husband in Nowra Cemetery and Stephen, with his first wife at Milton. (Also see Pioneers Bartlett)

Son, Henry (known as Harry) married Mary Ann Goodger in 1885 and they had a son in the same year. Harry was a dairy farmer at one time, worked at a colliery in Newcastle and a tannery at Unanderra. The family then lived on Comerong lsand for 14 years where Harry was the manager of the butter factory, described in the Sydney Morning Herald:
Crossing to the south side of the river, and running down to the canal at the seaboard, near the entrace to the Shoalhaven River, you come to a prettily-situated factory on Comerong Island, which is formed by a canal connecting the Choalhaven and Crookhaven rivers. the factory is managed by Mr H. Smith, and draws its milk supplies from the dairy farmers on the island, which embraces some of the richest pastures in the colony. Supplies of milk also come from the mainland at Lower Numba. (10 Feb 1899)

In 1903, Thomas Snr died at Comerong. His death notice in The Kiama Independent read:
Mr Thomas Smith, an old resident of the Shoalhaven district, died at his son's residence at Comerong on Thursday last at an advanced age. He had been ailing for some time, death being due to senile decay. His remains were interred yesterday at Cambewarra Cemetery. (27 Jan 1903)

Mary Ann died in Meroo Meadow in 1898 and was buried in the Camberra cemetery.

Eldest daughter, Sarah Ann married Edmund Bartlett in 1871 and they had 7 children. They made it into the newspaper in 1888 because of a dispute with their neighbour. See Rantings. Edmund died in 1927 and Sarah, in 1934 in Bomaderry. Both are buried in the Nowra Cemetery. (Also see Pioneers Bartlett)