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Alexander Kennedy Smith

In office
1875 – 1876
Preceded by James Gatehouse
Succeeded by James Paterson

Born 7 July 1824(1824-07-07)
Cauldmill, Roxburghshire, Scotland
Died 16 January 1881 (aged 56)
Melbourne, Australia
Citizenship British
Nationality Scottish and Australian

Alexander Kennedy Smith (7 July 1824 – 16 January 1881) was a Scottish/Australian engineer and former Mayor of Melbourne.

Early life

Smith was born in Cauldmill near Hawick, Roxburghshire, Scotland. He was involved in the development of many of Victoria's gas and water works during the 1850s and 1860s.

Smith was sent from Scotland to Melbourne in 1854 to manage and build the Melbourne Gas and Coke Co. works. Once that project was complete, Smith remained in Victoria and set up his own practice. He built gas works in Victoria's Ballarat, Castlemaine and Bendigo regions as well as one at Newcastle, New South Wales. Smith also drew up plans and specifications for many other works in Australia and overseas and worked as an engineer on the South Yarra Waterworks and was a consulting and locomotive engineer for the Melbourne and Suburban Railway Co.

Smith was also a member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly from 1877 to 1881, member for the La Trobe Ward in the Melbourne City Council for fifteen years and Mayor of Melbourne from 1875 to 1876.

Smith died of heart disease at his home in Studley Park, Victoria, Australia.

Career Highlights

  • 1846 - 1854 Engineer with the Great Western Railway Company.
  • 1853 - c.1857 Seconded to build and manage the Melbourne Gas and Coke Co. works - a five year contract
  • 1854 Arrived in Australia (Melbourne)
  • c.1857 - Civil and Consulting Engineer private practice established in Carlton, Victoria
  • 1860 - ? Major in the Victorian Volunteer Artillery Regiment
  • 1875 - 1876 Mayor of the City of Melbourne
  • 1877 - 1881 Member for East Melbourne in the Legislative Assembly




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