William Wilson SMART
(Thanks to Geoffrey Greene for providing photos and additional information on this page.
William Wilson SMART was born on 22 March 1850 in Moulton, Northampton and was baptised in the same place on 18 August 1850. With the rest of the family, he came to New Zealand later in the year 1850 on the Randolph.
For a while he worked around Christchurch and surrounding area on various farms. Later he was working in the Temuka, MacKenzie Country and Geraldine areas. In 1875, William joined the Police, serving at a number of stations in the Canterbury area, before moving up to Marlborough. By the late 1890's, he was based at stations in the Waiarapa. He retired in 1910, having gained the rank of Sergeant at the Hastings Station.
The above photo is taken from the book, "A Century of Service" by David A. Thomson and Hendrik Kagei, published 1987. The published caption below the photo reads...:
"1st Class Constable William Smart is wearing the uniform of the Canterbury Armed Police of 1875. The letter "A" above the number on his glazed cap was introduced on 16th March 1872. His belt provides for the carriage of a lantern and sword as well as the handcuff pouch shown in the photograph. Constable Smart was born in March 1850 in North Hampshire, England and arrived in New Zealand in his first year with the pilgrim families to Canterbury. In 1875 he joined the Canterbury Armed Police. He served for a period at Rakaia (then part of the Timaru Sub District). He spent 21 years in the South Island before transferring to Hastings as a Sergeant. He retired in 1910 and died in 1935.
William also served on the Hawkes Bay Rivers and Napier Harbour Boards. He was a Justice of the Peace and was a committee member of the Hawkes Bay Agricultural and Pastorial Society.
William married Mary MOODY on 18 July 1877 in Kaiapoi. Mary was born on 28 June 1867 in Hathern, Leicestershire, England and died on 26 January 1944, and was buried the next day in the Havelock North Cemetery near Hastings.
(William Wilson SMART and his wife Mary MOODY)
William died on 31 March 1935 in Havelock North and is buried in the cemetery there.
They had seven children:
(Frances Mary SMART with her second husband, Leonard WAKELIN)
(On the left is Irene Alice SMART and on the right, her sister Frances Mary SMART)
His brothers and sisters:
Edmund - born 18 September 1831