Ponsonby May Carew Smyth was born at Cork, Ireland, Carew-Smyth studied at the Belfast School of Art and Design. Carew SMyth taught at the national Art Training School, London and Rugby School. He arrived in Australia in January 1891 , and was appointed Principal of the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery School (Ballarat West Technical Art School) from 1891 to 1899. In 1907 Carew Smyth was Chief Inspector of Art for the Victorian Education department. He designed commemorative wall plaques for state schools after World War One. In 1936 Carew Smyth was Acting Director of the National Gallery of Victoria.
- We have to report that Mr A.M. Lilburne of the Art School Staff has accepted the appointment of Art Master at the Teachers' College, Melbourne, and desires to take up his new duties early next month. Mr Lilburne entered the School as a boy fresh from College and has risen from Scholar to his present position. Whilst we are pleased to see him advancing in his profession, his loss will be a serious one to the School. We will be fortunate however if we are able to secure the services of Mr Harold Herbert, a high qualified past student of the School, whose appointment has been suggested by Mr Carew Smyth. 
- ↑ Gervasoni, Clare, "Artistic Insights: Artwork by Ballarat Lecturers 1907-2007", Post Office Gallery Exhibition catalogue.
- ↑ Ballarat School of Mines Monthly Principals Report, May 1915/
--Clare K.Gervasoni 09:35, 9 April 2015 (AEST)