George William "Bombay" SMITH 1813-1892
& Ellen TEASDALE 1824-1895
Madras & Bombay, India; Royal Navy; Portland, Digby, Merino, Casterton & Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
George William SMITH (also known as "Bombay" SMITH) was b. 1813, Cochin, South-West India, son of Capt. William Stewart SMITH 1787-1823, Army Officer & Wilhelmina Ernestina LIEBSCHWAGER 1795-1870.
George William SMITH's father died in India in 1823 and George attended school in England ca 1822, joined the Royal Navy in 1825 and served on a number of ships until about 1835. When he joined the Royal Navy in the 1825 he had an uncle George SMITH who was Secretary to the Navy in Admiralty House, London.
Given that George SMITH named one of his sons Sydenham SMITH, there is an interesting marriage in the records of St Francis Church, Cochin, India which states that Sydenham SMITH (Madras Army) married Wilhelmina Dorothea VANDERSLOOT between 1804 & 1807.
George William SMITH was married in 1840, Bombay, India to Ellen TEASDALE b. 1824, Dapoolie, Hindustan, India, dau of Major Henry Crawshay TEASDALE & ___. Major TEASDALE was killed in the Battle of Miani, India in 1843.
George & Ellen SMITH had a number of children in India before emigrating to Australia in 1852 (he claimed in 1854 he arrived from Bombay on the "Runnymede" in 1852) where more children were born at Portland, Digby & Merino, S-W Victoria.
George William SMITH had a a farm at Mount Clay, near Portland in 1852 and opened a general store in Julia-street, Portland in 1853.
"Portland Guardian and Normanby General Advertiser" (Vic.) Thursday, 16th February 1854.
George William SMITH was the assessor & collector of rates for the Portland District Roads Board, S-W Victoria from 1856 to 1863.
"Portland Guardian and Normanby General Advertiser" (Vic.) Monday 5 May 1856.
George William SMITH was appointed as the first Secretary, Treasurer & Valuer of the Glenelg District Roads BOARD, later the Glenelg Shire from 1863-1869 which initially had its headquarters at Sandford, then later moved 3 miles up the road Casterton.
"Portland Guardian and Normanby General Advertiser" (Vic.) Thursday, 24th December 1863.
George SMITH's mother, Wilhelmina Ernestina SMITH (nee LIEBSCHWAGER) 1795-1870 must have emigrated to Australia with George and his family in 1852 as she died in Merino and was buried in the Merino Cemetery in 1870. Her nephew, Charles LIEBSCHWAGER who worked as a Bailiff in the County Court at Casterton was the witness on her death certificate in 1870.
George William SMITH died at his residence, "Bombay-villa" Cohuna Street, Brunswick (Melbourne), Victoria, Australia in June 1892 and was buried in the Melbourne General Cemetery. His widow Ellen returned to india and died in Bombay in 1895.
George William SMITH & Ellen TEASDALE had the following children: