Walter Robert Benjamin Smith

3 September 1876–20 March 1948 (Age 71)
Ashburton, Canterbury, New Zealand

The Life of Walter Robert Benjamin

When Walter Robert Benjamin Smith was born on 3 September 1876, in Ashburton, Canterbury, New Zealand, his father, Benjamin Clark Smith, was 28 and his mother, Minnie Alice Smith, was 21. He married Elizabeth Thompson in 1928, in Morrinsville, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand. He died on 20 March 1948, in Morrinsville, Waikato, New Zealand, at the age of 71, and was buried in Morrinsville, Waikato, New Zealand.

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Family Time Line

Walter Robert Benjamin Smith
1876–1948
Elizabeth Thompson
1879–
Marriage: 1928

Spouse and Children

MARRIAGE
1928
Morrinsville, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

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World Events (8)

1887 · New Zealands's First National Park

Age 11

Tongariro National Park was the sixth national park established in the world and the first in New Zealand. In the center of the park there lies three active volcanic mountains (Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe, and Tongariro). it is home to the famed Tongariro Alpine Crossing day hike and has been recognized as a World Heritage Site for all its natural values.
1893

Age 17

New Zealand becomes world's first country to give women the vote.
1896 · National Council of Women

Age 20

The National Council of Women of New Zealand was created as an organization after women won the right to vote. Today works to help achieve gender equality in New Zealand and in 2017 introduced Gender Equal NZ, which is fighting for Zealanders to have the freedom and opportunity to determine their own future no matter which gender they are.

Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a worker in metal, from Middle English smith (Old English smið, probably a derivative of smītan ‘to strike, hammer’). Metalworking was one of the earliest occupations for which specialist skills were required, and its importance ensured that this term and its equivalents were perhaps the most widespread of all occupational surnames in Europe. Medieval smiths were important not only in making horseshoes, plowshares, and other domestic articles, but above all for their skill in forging swords, other weapons, and armor. This is the most frequent of all American surnames; it has also absorbed, by assimilation and translation, cognates and equivalents from many other languages (for forms, see Hanks and Hodges 1988 ).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Walter Robert Smith, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Robert Walher Benjamin Smith, "New Zealand, Civil Records Indexes, 1800-1966"
  • Ancestry Family Trees

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