Forbes Marcus Smith

3 November 1888–2 June 1970 (Age 81)
Singleton, New South Wales, Australia

The Life of Forbes Marcus

When Forbes Marcus Smith was born on 3 November 1888, in Singleton, New South Wales, Australia, his father, Druce Allan Smith, was 20 and his mother, Mary Scanlon, was 18. He married Ethel Georgina Foreman in 1913, in Singleton, New South Wales, Australia. He died on 2 June 1970, in his hometown, at the age of 81, and was buried in Singleton, New South Wales, Australia.

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Forbes Marcus Smith
Ethel Georgina Foreman
Marriage: 1913

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Singleton, New South Wales, Australia

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World Events (8)


Age 4

Coolgardie gold-field is discovered.

Age 13

First Federal election.

Age 23

Canberra is founded and designated as the capital. The Federal Capital Territory is established as an area of two 360 square kilometers in the Yass-Canberra district.

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)

  • Forbes Marcus Smith, "Australia Cemetery Inscriptions, 1802-2005"
  • Forbes Marcus Smith, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Forbes Marcus Smith - Government record: Birth record or certificate: birth: 1888; Singleton, New South Wales, Australia

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