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Major Ronald Edgar Smith
Agency Number:
Start Date:
25 Jul 1881
End Date:
30 May 1969
A farmer at Westwood, Forth, Ronald Edgar Smith (25/7/1881 - 30/05/1969) was one of six children of James 'Philosopher' Smith and Mary Jane Love. A keen naturalist and bushwalker, RE Smith fought in both WWI and WWII, achieving the rank of Major. 
Along with Gustav Weindorfer, Ronald was instrumental in having Cradle Mountain proclaimed as a reserve in 1922. He was responsible in 1908 for naming 'Eagle Hill' on the west side of Dove Lake, Cradle Mountain. Ronald was the Honorary Secretary, of the Cradle Mountain Reserve Board (TA434). Articles by Ronald on the Cradle Mountain Reserve were published in major Tasmanian newspapers.
RE Smith married Kathleen Selina Carruthers (b.14/5/1889) in 1912 and they settled at Westwood, Forth. Ronald and Kathleen had two children, Edith Margaret (b.14/8/1913) and Ronald Albert Heath (b.20/09/1915). A keen bushwalker, Kathleen and was responsible for naming 'Lake Carruthers' in the Cradle Valley, after her father. In 1911 'Kathleen's Pool' at Cradle Mountain was also named after her in. Kathleen died aged just 28 on 24/5/1917 and was buried at the congregational cemetery, Forth. Ronald was away at war with the 26th Battalion at the time, returning to Tasmania in August 1917. In 1921 R E Smith married Ethelwyn Mary Raymond (1886-1956). Ethelwyn and Ronald had two children - Edgar Raymond (1922-1943) and Charles Redmond (1923-2014).
Information Sources:
Australian Cemetery Index 1808-2007; Examiner, 16/11/1943; Examiner 30/8/1917; Examiner 26/03/1937, p.2; Mercury, 15/2/1936; Mercury 7/12/1935.
James "Philosopher" Smith and Family (NG234)01 Jul 182715 Jun 1897

Gustav Weindorfer (NG528)23 Feb 187405 May 1932

Cradle Mountain Reserve Board (TA434)01 Jan 193031 Dec 1947

Blandfordia Alpine Club (NG3545)01 May 1962
Series Created By Agency:
NS234/26 Miscellaneous Smith Family Papers01 Jan 186931 Dec 1937

NS234/25 Miscellaneous Papers of Ronald Smith06 May 187831 Dec 1968

NS234/17 Letters sent and received by Ronald Edgar Smith28 Mar 189430 May 1969

NS234/22 Correspondence to Selina Kathleen Smith Nee Carruthers, Mainly from her Husband Ronald Smith16 Aug 189727 Mar 1917

NS234/10 Accounts received by Ronald Edgar Smith22 Apr 189809 May 1966

NS234/8 Mary Jane Smith and Ronald Edgar Smith Accounts.01 Oct 189812 Jul 1918

NS234/9 Copies of Letters sent by Ronald Edgar Smith.21 Jan 190026 Feb 1907

NS234/28 Copies of Weindorfer Diaries by Ronald Smith and Records of Flora and Fauna in Victoria and Tasmania by Weindorfer01 Jan 190107 May 1928

NS234/16 Diaries of Ronald Edgar Smith28 Apr 190330 May 1969

NS234/19 Letters sent and received by Ronald Smith and Other Papers relating to Cradle Mountain01 Oct 190930 May 1969

LMSS150 Cradle Mountain Letters and Papers09 Oct 190924 Dec 1946

NS234/20 Accounts and Receipts relating to Land Tax and Rates for Ronald Smith01 Jan 191031 Dec 1945

NS234/23 Correspondence to Ronald Smith from his Wife, Selina Kathleen Smith Nee Carruthers.10 Jan 191119 Apr 1917

NS234/24 Letters sent by Kathleen Selina Smith Nee Carruthers20 Dec 191501 Jun 1917

NS234/13 Farm Diary01 Mar 191830 Mar 1918

NS1743 Ronald Edgar Smith's Copy of the Film Cradle Mountain in Winter Produced by H J King.01 Jan 193031 Dec 1930

NS234/18 Correspondence and Newspaper Extracts31 Jul 194614 Aug 1953

LMSS488 Early Life of James Smith and Discovery of Tin at Mount Bischoff01 Jul 1947

NS234/11 Copies of Letters sent and received by Ronald Edgar Smith02 Jul 195207 Sep 1955

NS234/21 Christmas Cards and Other Greetings received by Ronald Smith17 Dec 195731 Dec 1967