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Members’ biographical register

Matthew Skinner Smith

Date: 30 August 1836
Place: England, United Kingdom
Arrival in WA
June 1868 to WA on Lady Louisa
Son of General Matthew Smith
Marriage and Family
Married 4 July 1867, River Parish Church, Kent, England to Elizabeth Nolan, daughter of John
Children: at least one son
Date: 18 April 1887
Place: Albany, Western Australia
Cemetery: Albany Memorial Cemetery, Albany , WA
Police officer
Employment History
1854–1867 Officer 44th Regiment, serving Crimea, China, India, retired as Captain
Second clerk, Perth branch, National Bank of Australia 1868–1871
Superintendent of Police December 1871–April 1887
Sheriff of Western Australia May 1876–August 1877
Set up Royal Mail Coach Service, Perth–Bunbury
Date Elected
18 June 1886
Inaugural Speech
No inaugural speech given
Inaugural Video
Search for speeches by Matthew Smith
Year Retired/Resigned
Parliamentary Service
  • Nominated MLC 18 June 1886–18 April 1887

  • Acting Colonial Secretary from 8 December 1885
Justice of the Peace, 1871
Member committee Weld Club 1875
D Black and G Bolton, eds, Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia: volume one 1870-1930, Parliamentary History Project, Perth, WA, 2001, p. 22.
Peter Conole, 'Smith, Matthew Skinner (1836–1887)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, published first in hardcopy 2005, accessed online 11 January 2016.
Rica Erickson, The bicentennial dictionary of Western Australians, pre-1829-1888, Volume IV.
Lorraine's Cemetery Records Pages website. Accessed 2 September 2015.
West Australian, 19 and 20 April 1887.