MS 2656
Papers of Pierce Galliard Smith (1826-1908)

Scope and Content Note

  • Date Range: 1846-1907 approximately.
  • Quantity: 3.04 metres
  • Access: Available for reference.

The collection consists of letters with family and friends, and business correspondence; notes for sermons written by Rev. Galliard Smith; several bibles and prayer books and diaries of Rev. Galliard Smith. See also MS 7989 for papers of the De Salis family.

Biographical Note

(Taken from a paper by Patience Wardle)

Pierce Galliard Smith came to Canberra as the third Rector of St John the Baptist Church in 1855 at the age of 29. He had been educated at Durham University College, England and was ordained in 1851. He took his M.A. the following year. He married Emily Davies of Llangynidr, Wales in 1851. During this period he was curate at Meldon and from 1852 until he first left for Australia was chaplain at Featherstone Castle, Haltwhistle, Northumberland. Their first two children Emily and Pierce were born during those years. Frederick Barker, Pierce Galliard Smith's cousin, was appointed Bishop of Sydney in August 1854. He offered a post in New South Wales to Pierce Galliard Smith in the church built by Charles Campbell's father at Canbury. After an 86-day voyage upon the 'Mermaid' with Bishop Barker and Mrs Barker the Smiths took up residence in Canberra. Reverend Smith served the parish for 51 years and died at Queanbeyan in 1908, at the age of 82.

Descendants: In 1857 their third child Mary was born and later a son William Bradshaw. Mary married George Fane De Salis (1852-1932) and lived at Cuppacumbalong. Pierce, the eldest son, owned a station in Queensland called Savannah on the Flinders River and later moved to the Northern Territory and bought a property on the eastern boundary of Elsey Station. He was well known in the Territory as Savannah Smith. William went to Queensland to work for his brother. Later he was killed in the Boer War of South Africa. Mary Smith was well known in the Canberra district for her sympathy and care for the ill for over fifty years. They had six children named Mary, Pierce, Emily, Gertrude, Paulus and Bradshaw William.

Detailed List


Theological papers and sermons, 1846, 1850-1854


Business correspondence and accounts 1876-1906


Accounts and receipts 1855-1893
Personal budget account book 1878-1880
Recipe Book 1853-1867
Poems and miscellaneous items


Correspondence concerning marriage settlement,
	mostly from Annan, Scotland 1887-1903
Business correspondence


Correspondence with Bishop Barker, 1854-1855, 1864-1891
Correspondence with Bishop Chalmers, 1984
Correspondence re Bishop Barker's visit to Goulburn 1855
Letters from other clergy, 1861-1898
Correspondence re church business, 1873-1903
St Saviours Cathedral controversy, 1887
Correspondence with Bishop Barlow, 1902-1907


Family correspondence, 1857-1906. Includes letters from William, Pierce and Paulus Smith

Printed materials about the church

BOX 10

Letters from the following:
	Frederick Campbell, 1881-1905
	Charles Campbell, 1881-1888
	George Campbell, 1855-1881
	Augustus Gibbs, 1879-1905
	A. Cunningham, 1859-1905
	Grace Family, 1859-1879
	De Salis Family
	Solicitors, 1890

BOX 11

Publications - newspapers:  Queanbeyan Age 1882, The Times 1863-1878,
The Echo 1882, The Dumfries and Galloway Courier 1879-1882
Papers delivered by Patience Wardle about Rev. Galliard Smith.
Obituary for Mrs Pierce Galliard Smith
Two photographs of Reverend Smith and one of the interior of St John's

BOXES 12-14

Letters to Emily Smith (could include some letters to Gertrude and Mary
which were addressed to 'Miss Smith')

BOX 15

Diaries of Rev. Smith;  some with account records:  1853, 1869, 1870, 1872,
1874, 1878, 1881, 1883-1884, 1886 (contains 1881-1882 accounts), 1887,
1900, 1901

BOX 16

Diaries:  1857-1858, 1883, 1896, 1897, 1898, 1899, 1902, 1904, 1905

BOX 17

Diaries:  1888, 1889, 1885, 1890

BOX 18

Diaries:  1891, 1892, 1893, 1895

BOX 19

Baptismal Font used to baptise on outlying areas of parish.
Prayer books and bibles