PERSONAL DETAILS Matthew Skinner SMITH
Birth date and Place 30 Aug 1836 Cawnpore, Bengal, India.
Baptism date and Place 23 Oct 1836 Chaplaincy Station, Cawnpore, Bengal, India.
Archdeaconry & Diocese of Calcutta.
Census Residences Chestnuts (School), Chiswick, Brentford, Middlesex (1851).
Occupations pre-WA Officer in the British Army.
Physical Description
Marriage date and Place 4 Jul 1867 St Peter & St Paul, River Parish Church, Kent.
Spouse Elizabeth NOLAN.
Children
Death date and Place 18 Apr 1887, Albany, Western Australia.
Cause of Death Certified by Cecil Rogers Esqr. Colonial Surgeon.
1. Haematemesis [vomiting of blood].
2. Exhaustion.
Burial date and Place April 1887 Albany Memorial Park Cemetery, Albany, Western Australia.
Will and Probate Will: 24 Feb 1874. Probate: 4 May 1887, Supreme Court of Western Australia.
[Cons 3403-1887-834].
Death Notices & Obituaries Daily News 18 Apr 1887. Note: there are a number of errors in this article.
West Australian 20 Apr 1887.
Inquirer & Commercial News 20 Apr 1887.
ARMED FORCES
Regiment 44th (East Essex) Regiment.
Commission Date & Rank 7 Jun 1854 Ensign (without purchase).
Service/Campaigns Crimea 8 Jan 1855 to June 1856.
China 1 Aug 1860 to 1861.
Madras, India 1861 to 1866.
Musters
Promotions 9 Feb 1855 Lieutenant (without purchase).
24 Jan 1865 Captain (without purchase).
Medals, Clasps and Badges Crimea War Medal clasp Sebastopol.  Turkish Crimea Medal.
Second China War Medal clasp Taku Forts 1860.
Casualty/Medical None.
Regimental Courts Martial None.
District Courts Martial None.
General Courts Martial None.
Retirement/Resignation date 22 Jun 1867.
War Office Reference WO25 and/or WO76 Records of Officers’ Services not extant.
Post Retirement Residence Western Australia.
ARRIVAL and LIFE IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Ship Lady Louisa
Departure and Arrival Arrived Fremantle 3 Jun 1868 from London.
Perth Gazette 5 Jun 1868.
The Herald 6 Jun 1868.
Status/Occupation Bank Clerk, National Bank of Australia 1868-1871.
Chief of Police (Superintendent) 1871-1885.
Justice of the Peace 1871.
Sheriff of Western Australia 1876-1877.
Acting Colonial Secretary 1885-1887.
Member of Legislative Council 1886-1877.
Commandant Enrolled Guard 1887.
Commissioner of Police 1887.
Misc. Newspaper Articles West Australian 1 Apr 1887.
Inquirer & Commercial News 6 Apr 1887.
On the occasion of the Disbandment of the Enrolled Guard.