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06-February-2016
06-February-2016

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A park commemorates Private Francis Smith.

Francis Smith came to Australia in 1832 as a guard in the convict ship ‘Catherine Stewart Forbes’, and was stationed at Sydney, Parramatta, Liverpool, Mount Victoria, Coxs River, Emu Plains and 17 Mile Hollow (Bull’s Camp, Linden) to guard convict road workers and to protect travellers on the Western Road. 

He died at Springwood in 1836. Originally buried at the Springwood Stockade, his headstone was later moved to Springwood Cemetery.

Location

Address:Macquarie Road, Francis Smith Memorial Park, Springwood, 2777
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.699315
Long: 150.568531
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Park
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Military
Actual Event STart Date:05-May-1836
Actual Event End Date:05-May-1836
Link:http://www.warmemorialsregister.nsw…

Dedication

Front Inscription

SPRINGWOOD`S
SOLITARY SOLDIER

THIS PARK IS DEDICATED IN MEMORY
          OF
PRIVATE FRANCIS SMITH
WHO DIED AT
THE SPRINGWOOD MILITARY STOCKADE
5th MAY, 1836.

A soldier for 25 years in the 4th, King`s Own Regiment, Francis Smith was a veteran of the Peninsular and Second American Wars. He garrisoned post-Revolutionary France, the West Indies and Ireland, before accompanying the regiment to New South Wales in 1832.

Detached in turn at Mount Victoria, Cox`s River, Emu Plains and Springwood, he represents the type of men charged to protect travellers through these mountains before lawful settlement was permitted.

This plaque was unveiled on the occasion of
Springwood`s 175th Commemoration
                       by
Brigadier D.J McLACHLAN, AM,
Commander of the 2nd Military District
                     and
Master NATHAN CRAIG DUBBER (15 months)
youngest descendent of Francis Smith
                      on
           5th MAY 1990.

Source: MA,NRWM
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