Descendant of Dr LL Smith visits the society

Last updated on 15 May 2016

Dr LL Smith was an extraordinary person - politician, medical practitioner, entrepeneur, wine producer, land owner, etc. He led a very full life. It was "Dr LL" who was largely responsible for having Phillip Island opened up for closer settlement in 1868 - an event we will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of in 2018. Dr LL's grandson Norman Smith and Norm's wife Gillian, were our speakers for our May 11th meeting, and told us something of this amazing man's life. They also donated a handsome boxed two volume work by Professor John Poynter: "The Audacious Adventures of Dr Louis Lawrence Smith", which will be in our reference library for members and the public to use in the museum. Norman and Gillian have a large collection of memorabilia from Dr LL, including all of the letters he wrote back to England to his mother. Professor Poynter was able to use this material in writing his books. Photo shows PIDHS president Graeme Clauscen at left with one of the volumes, with Norman and Gillian Smith after their talk

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