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Alfred Ernest Smith (1868-1951)

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Alfred Ernest Smith (c1868-1951) of Victorian Railways

1882 Joined as apprentice at the Newport Workshops

1919-28 CME of Victorian Railways

1928 Visited the UK with his wife and daughter

1951 May 26th. Died. Of St. Kilda Street, Brighton, age 83 years. Husband of the late Mary Amelia and father of Gladys.[1]


1951 Obituary [2]

A former chief mechanical engineer of the Victorian Railways, Mr. Alfred Ernest Smith, of St. Kilda-street, Brighton, died at his home on Saturday night. Well known in Victorian engineering circles, Mr. Smith, who was 83, was a keen builder of model engines.

He joined the Victorian Railways as an apprentice and in 1930 was appointed chief mechanical engineer. He retired in 1933. In his own workshop he made model yachts for several Governors-General and model engines he built are exhibited at the National Gallery.

He is survived by a daughter.


1951 Obituary [3]

Mr. Alfred Ernest Smith, former chief mechanical engineer of the Victorian Railways, died at his home in St. Kilda st., Brighton, on Saturday, aged 83.

Mr. Smith joined the Railways as an apprentice in the Newport Workshops in 1882, and retired in 1928, after 46 years service. His work as chief mechanical engineer was most valuable.

He was a man of remarkable versatility - an accomplished artist, musician, precision engineer, and designer, and hobbyist.


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Sources of Information

  1. The Argus 28th May 1951
  2. The Age, Melbourne. 28th May 1951
  3. The Argus, Melbourne. 28th May 1951