The photographer A.V. Smith was established in 1855, and is listed in the 1857 Huxtable's Directory.  and the 1865 Dicker's Ballarat Directory. He was still operating as a photographer in Ballarat when his son was born in 1860.
Bridge Street, Ballarat. 
On the 16th inst, at her father's residence, Cardigan street, Melbourne, the wife of Mr A. V.Smith, Photographer, Ballarat, of a son. 
- ↑ Huxtable's Ballarat Directory, 1857
- ↑ Dicker's Ballarat Directory, 1865-6.
- ↑ Ballarat Star, 17 January 1860