Rev. Thomas Smellie (pronounced "smiley")( – ) was a Presbyterian minister and educator in South Australia.
South Australia is a state in the southern central part of Australia. It covers some of the most arid parts of the country. With a total land area of 983,482 square kilometres (379,725 sq mi), it is the fourth-largest of Australia's states and territories by area, and fifth largest by population. It has a total of 1.7 million people, and its population is the second most highly centralised in Australia, after Western Australia, with more than 77 percent of South Australians living in the capital, Adelaide, or its environs. Other population centres in the state are relatively small; Mount Gambier, the second largest centre, has a population of 28,684.
Smellie was sent out to South Australia by the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland to replace Rev. Peter Mercer, minister of the Port Adelaide church on the north-west corner of Marryatt and Leadenhall streets, who had transferred to Victoria to become first acting principal of Ormond College of the University of Melbourne.
The Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland was formed in 1893 and claims to be the spiritual descendant of the Scottish Reformation: its web-site states that it is 'the constitutional heir of the historic Church of Scotland'. It is occasionally referred to by the pejorative term the Wee Wee Frees. Although small the church has congregations on five continents.
Ormond College is the largest of the residential colleges of the University of Melbourne located in the city of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It is home to around 350 undergraduates, 90 graduates and 35 professorial and academic residents.
The University of Melbourne is a public research university located in Melbourne, Australia. Founded in 1853, it is Australia's second oldest university and the oldest in Victoria. Melbourne's main campus is located in Parkville, an inner suburb north of the Melbourne central business district, with several other campuses located across Victoria.
Smellie arrived aboard Irene on 21 October 1861 and was formally welcomed by the congregations of the Port Adelaide church on 4 Novemberand Chalmers Church a week later and ordained and inducted into the Port Adelaide church on 16 December 1861. He resigned before the 1865 union which formed the Presbyterian Church of South Australia, but stayed on until replaced by Rev. James Henderson on 18 April 1867.
Smellie taught Latin at Adelaide Educational Institution from 1863 to 1866, and St Peter's College in 1866. He advertised for private tuition in mathematics and the Classics at his home, Wakefield Street, in the year 1867–1868.
Adelaide Educational Institution was a privately run non-sectarian academy for boys in Adelaide founded in 1852 by John Lorenzo Young
He avoided rote learning, punishment and religious instruction, but taught moral philosophy, physiology, political economy and mechanical drawing ... (and) surveying on field trips.
Saint Peter's College is an independent boys' school in the South Australian capital of Adelaide. Founded in 1847 by members of the Anglican Church of Australia, the school is noted for its history and famous alumni, including three Nobel laureates, forty-two Rhodes scholars and ten Australian State Premiers.
Wakefield Street is a main thoroughfare in the centre of the South Australian capital, Adelaide.
He founded Gawler Academy on Church Hill, Gawler, around June 1868 with 28 pupils,assisted by Mrs. Smellie and L. S. Burton (died 1895). The school closed in December 1871 prior to his return to Great Britain. James Gordon S.M. was a notable student.
Gawler is the oldest country town on the Australian mainland in the state of South Australia, and is named after the second Governor of the colony of South Australia, George Gawler. It is about 40–44 km (25–27 mi) north of the centre of the state capital, Adelaide, and is close to the major wine producing district of the Barossa Valley. Topographically, Gawler lies at the confluence of two tributaries of the Gawler River, the North and South Para rivers, where they emerge from a range of low hills.
His licence to marry was rescinded in 1870.
Smellie and his wife returned to Britain aboard South Australian in 1872.
Smellie married Louise Suzanne Wilhelmine Verdure ( – ) at Chalmers Church on 18 December 1866.
The Bunyip is a weekly newspaper, first printed on 5 September 1863, and originally published and printed in Gawler, South Australia, covering the Barossa, Light, Playford, and Adelaide Plains regions. Along with The Murray Pioneer, The River News, and The Loxton News,The Bunyip is now owned by the Taylor Group of Newspapers and printed in Renmark.
Samuel Bruce Rudall was a lawyer and politician of the State of South Australia.
Scots Church is a stone Uniting Church building on the southwest corner of North Terrace and Pulteney Street in Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia. It was one of the early churches built in the new city in 1850. It was built as the "Chalmers Free Church of Scotland".
The Gawler Football Club was founded on the 21st August 1868. It was a foundation club of the South Australian Football Association. It had a period of hiatus from the end of 1880 to 1886 when the club split into Athenian and Havelock. The clubs joined together again for the 1887 season along with Albion. However, by 1890 the finished bottom and decided to leave the SAFA and form its own league.
Job Harris, was a store keeper, post master, hotelier, gold miner and South Australian prominently associated with the discovery of gold at the Barossa Goldfields, the largest gold rush in the colony of South Australia.
Clayton Wesley Uniting Church, formerly Clayton Congregational Church, is a church building in Beulah Park, South Australia, located on Portrush Road, in a commanding position at the eastern end of The Parade, Norwood.
John Gardner was a Scots-born Presbyterian minister in Adelaide, South Australia, the first incumbent of Chalmers Free Church of Scotland, now Scots Church, North Terrace, Adelaide. He later served at Launceston, Tasmania and Queenscliff, Victoria.
Robert Haining was the first Church of Scotland minister in South Australia.
Ralph Drummond was the first minister of a Presbyterian Church in South Australia
James Lyall was a Presbyterian minister in the early days of Adelaide, South Australia.
Daniel Garlick was an architect in the early days of South Australia. After his death two competing firms of architects claimed his aegis in their partnership names.
William John Woodcock, generally referred to as W. J. Woodcock or John Woodcock, was an Anglican priest remembered as the first curate of Christ Church, North Adelaide in South Australia.
Rev. Charles Manthorpe was a Congregationalist minister remembered for his 36-year pastorate in Glenelg, South Australia.
Elizabeth Whitby was founder and principal of a school for girls in Carrington Street, Adelaide, one of the first in the Colony of South Australia. The school operated continuously from 1848 to 1878.
Quinton Stow (Stow) Smith, was a South Australian businessman, philanthropist and longtime active lay member of the Baptist Church.
Sydney Thomas Charles Best was a long serving Anglican priest in South Australia.
George Wright Hawkes SM was a prominent and energetic Anglican churchman and philanthropist in South Australia. He was instrumental in the erection of St. Andrew's Church, Walkerville, and St. Paul's, Pulteney Street. He was one of the original trustees of St. Bartholomew's, Norwood, and St. Luke's, Whitmore Square.
St. John's is an Anglican Church at the south-east corner of the City of Adelaide dating from 1841. The first building was demolished in 1886 and its replacement opened in 1887.
Charles Farr was a timber merchant and builder in the young colony of South Australia.