Alfred Mica Smith

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Alfred Mica Smith Federation University Historical Collection (Cat. No. 324)

Alfred Mica Smith was born in Perth, Scotland, in 1844 and died in 1926 in Ballarat.[1]

Contents

History

Office Bearers of the Ballarat School of Mines Science and Field Naturalists Club, 1915. Federation University Historical Collection (Cat. No. 7749)

Smith was educated at Perth Academy, then Owen's College in Manchester and Heidelberg University. He completed his Bachelor of Science at London University with honors in Chemistry.[2]

Fellow of the Institute of Chemistry of Great Britain & Ireland.[3]

Fellow of the U.S.A. & Australian Institutes of Mining Engineers.[4]

Smith worked at the Ballarat School of Mines between 1881 and 1922. He was a Professor of Chemistry and his duties included Laboratory Support and lecturing in Botany, Chemistry, Metallurgy and Natural Philosophy.[5] In 1916-17, he was also Vice-President of the Ballarat Science and Field Naturalists Club[6]

During the year the Council have, for the first time, exercised authority vested i them, by establishing Chairs in these branches of science, in accordance with Art. 3, Cap. 4, of the Constitution. Messrs A. Mica Smith, B.Sc., and F.M. Krause, late Field Geologist to H.M. Government, Victoria, both on the staff of The School, have been appointed Professors of Chemistry, and Geology, respectively. The wide experience and great attainments of these gentlemen in their respective branches, eminently qualify them for, and entitle them to, the distinction conferred. [7]
James Oddie and the Shackleton Vapourizer L-R: Messrs B. Deakin, MIEE; Daniel Walker, SMB; Frederick Martell, Director of SMB; Dr Cherry, Director of Department of Agriculture; T.P. Long, President of Benevolent Asylum; Prof. Alfred Mica Smith, SMB; ? ; James Oddie, FRGS, etc, inventor of the Shackleton Polarizer.. Federation University Historical Collection (Cat. No. 00208)

Legacy

The Mica Smith Travelling Scholarship Awarded to graduates of the Ballarat School of Mines in Assaying, Chemistry and Metallurgy. Recipients to have three months travel within Australia before another twelve months travel overseas. First awarded in 1957 to the value of 1000 pounds.[8]

Alfred Mica Smith Medal Federation University Historical Collection (Cat. No. 8266)
Alfred Mica Smith Medal - Verso Federation University Historical Collection (Cat. No. 8266)

Alfred Mica Smith Medal

See also

Ballarat School of Mines

Ballarat Science and Field Naturalists Club

Metallurgy

Ballarat Photographic Club

Notes

Prof. Mica Smith and the Ballarat School of Mines Student's Association Committee, 1910. Courtesy Federation University Historical Collection
back row: H. Conran, H. Caulfield, V. Millington, L. Middleton, V. Tucker, William Baragwanath (slightly forward), C. Stubbs, W. Geddard, J. Sampson
Ernest S. Anderson, B. Whittington, Prof. Alfred Mica Smith, A.D. Gilchrist, E.C. Hurdsfield
Sitting from left: R.J. Moore, C.C. Corrie; Absent, Les Coulter, Ray Blight, H. Cornell.


Elected for President of the Ballarat Photographic Society in July 1896. [9] Meanwhile, as a result of the introduction of the Rontgen Xray photographic process into the Ballarat School of Mines, Mica Smith along with Mr Frederick Martell(The director of the School at the time), Professors G. J. Dawbarn and Prof. Purdie, and Mr. William H. Steele, purchased two sets of tubes and fluorescent screens. They used the equipment to conduct experiments at the school with a view to making Xray technology available to the medical profession in Ballarat and to students for the benefit of the school.[10] The following week they were invited as members of the council of the school to witness a practical demonstration of the process, where Mica Smith delivered a lecturette on the theory of light.[11]

In November 1897 Mica Smith chaired the regular meeting of the Ballarat Photographic Club on Wednesday November 24th, 1897.[12] and was also elected President of the Ballarat Photographic Club on Wednesday Jun 29th, 1898. [13]

In April 1898 when Mr. William H. Steele retired from the teaching staff at the Ballarat School of Mines to enter the Presbyterian ministry, as a mark of the esteem, on behalf of the members of the staff, Professors Smith and Dawbarn, Mr F. J. Martell, and Mr Walker, presented Steele with the gift of a pair of field glasses and a few kindly remarks.[14] Smith was again elected president of the Ballarat Photographic Club in July of that year.[15]

References

  1. McCallum, M. (1916) Ballarat & District Citizens & Sports, Ballarat.
  2. McCallum, M. (1916) Ballarat & District Citizens & Sports, Ballarat.
  3. McCallum, M. (1916) Ballarat & District Citizens & Sports, Ballarat.
  4. McCallum, M. (1916) Ballarat & District Citizens & Sports, Ballarat.
  5. Perry W, A History of the School of Mines and Industries Ballarat 1870-1982, The School of Mines and Industries Ballarat Limited, Ballarat, 1984
  6. Minute Book of the Ballarat School of Mines Science and Field Naturalists Club, 1915-1918.
  7. Ballarat SChool of Mines Annual Report, 1882.
  8. Perry W, A History of the School of Mines and Industries Ballarat 1870-1982, The School of Mines and Industries Ballarat Limited, Ballarat, 1984
  9. (1896, July 2). The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), p. 2. Retrieved November 4, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article207488440
  10. THE NEW PHOTOGRAPHY. (1896, July 16). The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), p. 4. Retrieved November 4, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article207489190
  11. (1896, July 23). The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), p. 2. Retrieved November 4, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article207489590
  12. The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924) 26 November 1897: 2. Wed. 2 Sep 2016 <http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article215785744>.
  13. BALLARAT PHOTOGRAPHIC CLUB (1898, July 1). The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), p. 4. Retrieved September 16, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article215226346
  14. (1898, April 8). The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), p. 2. Retrieved November 4, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article215221217
  15. BALLARAT PHOTOGRAPHIC CLUB (1898, July 1). The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), p. 4. Retrieved November 4, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article215226346

Further Reading

External links

Smith, Alfred Mica (1844-1926) http://federation.edu.au/about-feduni/our-university/history/art-and-historical-collection/honour-roll/s/alfred-mica-smith-1844-1926


--Ellen Rochelmeyer 16:05, 8 September 2014 (EST); --PMDonovan 14:38, 4 November 2016 (AEDT)

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