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Robert William John (Jack) SMITH

Robert William John (Jack) SMITH

Male 1911 - 1993  (82 years)

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  • Name Robert William John (Jack) SMITH  [1
    • The Smith family bible indicates that his nickname was 'Jack'.
    Nickname Jack 
    Born 11 Mar 1911  Jeparit Vic Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Biography Notes Robert William John Smith, b. 11/3/1911, Jeparit, Vic.

    Married: Ellen Veronica Gill b. 7/4/1914 at Geelong, Vic.

    Deaths:
    of Ellen in 1990.
    of Robert on 13/4/1993 at the age of 82 years.

    History: Jack was in the air-force during the war, but after many farewells and trips to Sydney he was recalled back to work (he was a panel-beater for City Panels). He left City Panels to set up his own family business at 221 Nepean Highway, Edithvale, Vic, a Neptune Service Station and banel beating works, and also the R.A.C.V. depot. It was known as R.V..J. Smith's Body Works.

    His wife "Gille" (as she was called to distinguish her from his sister Nellie) managed the books. They lived above the garage for many years before buying a home in Fifth Ave. Aspendale. Jack loved a party and with six children there was always a reason for celebrations. He was involved in the local Rotary Club.

    Nearing 70 he left his son Raymond with the business at Edithvale and Swanwalk, Chelsea. His son Kevin started his own garage at Hastings. His other son Dennis travelled to America and lived there for many years, coming back to work in Rosebud.

    His eldest son Raymond had a son Darren who also became a panel-beater and the family tradition continued. Raymond won the apprentice of his year and his son also won it when it was his turn. Darren later left his father's business to become a pilot. In 1990 Raymond still owned the business both at Swanwalk and Edithvale but rented out the Edithvale business and worked from the Chelsea business.

    Children ....:  [1
    Died 13 Apr 1993  [1
    Person ID I-3719  Christina and Donald McLean | John McLean's descendants
    Last Modified 17 Sep 2018 

    Father John Duncan Ernest SMITH,   b. 21 Jan 1882, Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jun 1937, Hawthorn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Relationship -1194 
    Mother Eliza Jane SEMPLE,   b. 28 Oct 1888, Dimboola Vic Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jun 1956, Melbourne Vic Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Relationship -1194 
    Married c1905  Jeparit Vic Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Liza's death certificate states that she was 16 years old when she married John in Jeparit.
    • According to his death certificate, John was 23 years old when he married Eliza in Jeparit.
    Family ID F-1194  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ellen Veronicia GILL,   b. 7 Apr 1914, Geelong Vic Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1990  (Age 75 years) 
    Children 
     1. RJ S
     2. JA S
     3. BM S
     4. WJ S
     5. KR S
     6. DW S
    Last Modified 6 Dec 2013 16:07:00 
    Family ID F-1213  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Stories
    1995 - Robert William John Smith & Ellen Veronica Gill
    1995 - Robert William John Smith & Ellen Veronica Gill
    Biography as published in the BRB in 1995.

  • Sources 
    1. [S-3] FS BRB - 'Donald & Christina McLean & Their Descendants', 1995, The BRB has a good index for each individual. Copies of the BRB available Strathalbyn National Trust Museum & Library, several libraries around Australia including State Library SA, and Western Australian Genealogical Society Bayswater WA Request assistance for locating a copy through 'Contact us' on this website. .

    2. [S-11] BDM certificate - sighted and attached .