SMITH, William Arnold
- Born: Cir 1834, London, Middlesex, England
- Marriage (1): SMITH, Sarah Ann on 2 May 1863 in Sandhurst (later Bendigo), Victoria
- Marriage (2): TRACEY, Emma Dec Qtr 1858 in Shipston
- Died: Dec 1903, Wallaroo, South Australia at age 69
- Buried: 27 Dec 1903, Wallaroo Cemetery
The 1861 UK census shows William A Smith at 15 Lower Camden Street, Cottage Terrace, Birmingham, Warwickshire
William A Smith 24 - Head Mar "Gent allowed by a brother" born London, Middlesex
Emma Smith 22- Wife Mar born Dodenham, Worcestershire
William A Smith 2- Son born Walsall, Staffordshire
Smith 1 Mo - unamed Dau born Birmingham, Warwickshire
Source Citation: Class: RG9; Piece: 2168; Folio: 12; Page: 19; GSU roll: 542929.
To date I have not found when William Arnold Smith came to Australia but I have found his marriage in Sandhurst (Bendigo), Victoria in 1863. He was already a widow by then.
Family history indicates that the family came from Cornwall but William Arnold was born in London according to his marriage certificate. Interesting he married another Smith in Sarah Ann.
Bendigo (Sandhurst) Gold Fields - Wikepedia
"In 1851 Mrs Margaret Kennedy and Mrs Farrell, wives of two farmhands from the Ravenswood sheep run, found gold in the Bendigo creek. Word of the discovery spread quickly and soon after the township of Sandhurst was established, a Post Office opening on July 1, 1852 as Bendigo Creek (renamed Sandhurst on January 1, 1854 and Bendigo June, 1891). Official town planning commenced in 1854 and by 1857, Sandhurst was connected by telegraph to Melbourne. The grand Town Hall was commissioned in 1859 and the Melbourne to Sandhurst railway commenced operations in 1862. Less than a decade later, in 1871, Sandhurst was proclaimed a City. By the 1880s, the city was considered the richest in the world due to the size of the local goldfields. It was not until 1891 that the city's name was changed to Bendigo, in honour of the bare knuckled boxer, William "Abednego" Thompson, whose name had been lent to the creek where gold was first discovered."
South Australian Deaths - Index of Registrations 1842-1915
"SMITH William Arnold (M) 74y of Wallaro Mines d 27 Dec 1903 at Wallaroo Mines rel (not recorded) dist Dal b299 p304".
Burial Record - Kadina Cemetery Online
SMITH, WILLIAM ARNOLD
Given Names WILLIAM ARNOLD
Cemetery Kadina Cemetery
Plot/Grave/Niche Path 14 Block 28s
Age at Death 74 YEARS
Date of Burial 28.12.1903
William married Sarah Ann SMITH, daughter of Mark SMITH and Elizabeth Grant BALDCOCK, on 2 May 1863 in Sandhurst (later Bendigo), Victoria. (Sarah Ann SMITH was born on 28 Aug 1846 in Gawler Town, South Australia, died on 31 Jan 1933 in Wallaroo, South Australia and was buried on 1 Feb 1933 in Wallaroo Cemetery.)
Marriage Record - Victorian Justice Departnment Online
Groom: William Arnold SMITH (Miner) 29y Wid par John SMITH (Cabinet maker) and Sarah ARNOLD born London, England.
Bride: Sarah Ann SMITH 18y S par Mark SMITH (Miner) & Elizabeth BALDCOCK.
Witnesses: William MAGNER & Frances MAGNER.
Marriage performed at All Saints Church of England, Sandhurst 2 May 1863 by Banns.
William next married Emma TRACEY Dec Qtr 1858 in Shipston. (Emma TRACEY was born circa 1839 in Dodenham, Worcestershire and died circa 1862 in Birimingham, Warwickshire.)
Marriage Record - Free BMD Website
Marriages Dec 1858
Smith William District:Shipston Vol:6d Page:921
Tracey Emma District: Shipston Vol:6d Page:921