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Biographical entry Smithies, Frederick (1885 - 1979)

16 August 1885
Ulverstone, Tasmania, Australia
13 October 1979
Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
Conservationist and Photographer


Born Ulverstone, Tasmania, 16 August 1885. Died Launceston, Tasmania, 13 October 1979. OBE 1946. Clerk, South British Insurance Co., Launceston 1902-12; manager, Launceston branch, Atlas Assurance Co. 1912-62; conducted Tasmanian Finance & Agency Co. Keen bushwalker who publicised the Tasmanian wilderness and promoted the establishment of reserves through talks, broadcasts, written accounts and photographs. From the 1920s he gave lantern lectures in various States on behalf of the Tasmanian government to encourage tourism; organised the Tasmanian display, Melbourne Centenary Exhibition 1935. Chairman, Scenery Preservation Board 1941-71; member, Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair, Barrow Reserve and Northern Scenery boards.

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Rosanne Walker