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Affiliate Member John Thomas Smith Mayor of Melbourne and of Victoria Lodge No 1 UGLV Australia and Provisional Grand Master of the Irish Constitution of Victoria 8th October 1858

  Candidate’s Name Brother John Thomas Smith Mayor of Melbourne

 DOB 28th May 1816

 Address R A Mayor of Melbourne Member of Legislative  Apeuibly

 Proposed By Brother William Hay RWM

 Other Offices of Lodge Victoria,


(Formerly No 697 EC later renumbered No 474 EC)

The Fourth Master was John Thomas Smith, who opened the first theatre in Melbourne, the Queens Theatre Royale, and served seven terms as Mayor. Smith Street which divides the cities of Fitzroy and Collingwood was named after him.
John Thomas Smith and was duly appointed Provisional Grand Master of the Irish Constitution of Victoria.

In 1883 he again declined an invitation to become Grand Master.
On this occasion the offer was made by the members of the Masonic Union promoting the third Grand Lodge movement.
Brother John Thomas Smith was made
Affiliated Member of the Celtic Lodge Edinburgh and Leith No 291 on the 8th October 1858
RWM of the Celtic Brother Alexander Hay
Brother John Thomas Smith (28 May 1816 – 30 January 1879) was an Australian politician and seven times Mayor of Melbourne.
Smith was born at Sydney, the son of John Smith, a Scottish shoemaker, and his wife Elizabeth, née Biggs.[1] He was educated under William Timothy Cape. Smith was apprenticed at 14 years of age to Beaver & Co., builders and joiners, but this was cancelled in 1833.[1] Smith served as a clerk of the recently established Bank of Australasia, but in September 1837 obtained the appointment of schoolmaster at an aboriginal mission station in the colony of Victoria at a salary of £40 a year.[1] Shortly afterwards he went into business as a grocer, and was in the timber trade in 1840. Smith took over the Adelphi Hotel, Flinders Lane, in July 1841 from his brother-in-law Robert Brettagh, and in 1844 became licensee of St John's Tavern, Queen Street, in place of Brettagh.
In November 1854, at the time of the Eureka stockade rebellion, Smith took an active part in raising special constables, as there were rumours that attacks on the treasury and banks were contemplated. He was especially thanked by the governor, Sir Charles Hotham, who said there was "no person in the country to whom he was more indebted". Smith had been elected to the Victorian Legislative Council in 1851 for North Bourke, and in 1856, when responsible government came in, he was elected a member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly as one of the representatives of Melbourne. More Information can be found at John Smith (Australian Politican) Wikipedia.
A engraved picture can be found or purchased at Australian Dictionary of Biography who hold Copyright