James Francis Smith


Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Newtown 1872 1910
Mayor Newtown 1877 1877
Mayor Newtown 1879 1879
Mayor Newtown 1884 1885
Mayor Newtown 1896 1896
  • James Smith, alderman on Newtown Council in 1872-1910 (Jubilee Souvenir of the Municipality of Newtown, 1862-1912)

Family background

James Francis Smith lived on Albemarle Street. He died on 27 October 1908. His son William Leslie Smith also served on Newtown Council.

Occupation & interests

James Smith was a cattle dealer. He opened a business as a butcher in c1868.

Community activity

James Smith was a justice of the peace (JP). He was a life governor of Sydney Hospital; treasurer of Newtown United Friendly Society Dispensary for many years; and Director of Friendly Societies Association of NSW. He was chairman of Newtown School Board for 10 years, a trustee of Victoria Park and Chairman and active in Ancient Order of Forresters. He was an executive member of the Municipal Association from 1884 until 1887, 1889 until 1908, and its vice president from 1896 until 1908.

Parliamentary service

James Smith was the member for Newtown 1885-87; the member for Newtown-Camperdown 1901-04 and the member for Camperdown 1904-07.

Local government service

James Smith was an alderman on Newtown Council in 1872-1910, representing Kingston Ward. He was elected acting mayor on 20 January 1879, after Fallick retired due to ill health on 14 January 1879. Smith was mayor in 1877, 1879, 1884-85 and 1896.


Parliament of New South Wales, Former Member James Francis Smith

‘Death of Mr J F Smith’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 29 October 1908, p. 6 http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article15008070


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