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Smith, James William Norton (1846 - 1911)


Chapman, GPR, Smith, James William Norton (1846 - 1911), Australian Dictionary of Biography, G Serle and R Ward (ed), Melbourne, 6, pp. 147-148 (1976) [Entry]

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James William Norton Smith (1846-1911), manager, was born at Nailsworth, Gloucestershire, England, son of Richard Smith. After an agricultural education he managed a sheep-run in New Zealand and was appointed manager of the Van Diemen's Land Co. in July 1869; he arrived in Tasmania in October to find its land-leasing business depressed. He soon perceived the importance of Burnie on the company's north-west Emu Bay block, and advised that it join the government to develop the port facilities. This decision began a career in which he sought to attract population and capital to the company's lands and the Tasmanian north-west coast region.

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Item Type:Entry
Keywords:history, Australia
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:Australian history
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding Australia's past
UTAS Author:Chapman, GPR (Associate Professor Peter Chapman)
ID Code:130204
Year Published:1976
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2019-01-16
Last Modified:2019-01-17

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