H. H. Smith

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Letter from the Ballarat School of Mines Concerning training of Returned Soldiers, Federation University Historical Collection (Cat. No. 7773)
Dear Sir.
On the 25th February last my Council adopted a resolution to the effect that application from returned soldiers for free tuition at this school would be favorably considered. At the Council meeting held on Friday last, the 25th inst., the matter was further discussed and, at Colonel Bolton's suggestion, it was decided that it would be in the best interests of the movement, if application for admission were received through your association.
The undermentioned gentlemen were appointed as a sub-committee to receive such application and will be very pleased to interview any soldiers whom you would recommend as trainees.
Yours faithfully
Joseph A. Day
Sub committee:- Col. W.K. Bolton, Mr T. Hurley. Mr R. Stephenson, The Principal of the Science School (Mr C.E. Fenner), and the Principal of the Art School (Mr H. H. Smith)



Herbert H. Smith was born in 1875 and died in 1957.[1] He was an exhibitor and prizeman at the national Competition, South Kensington London, and a certified teacher with the Board of Education, London. [2]


In December 1905 Herbert H. Smith apointed to the Ballarat Gallery Art School. In 1907 the Ballarat East Art Classes held at the Public Library buildings were amalgamated with the Western Art School and trade classes under the Art Gallery Council and the directorship of H.H. Smith.

After a technological commission all Ballarat art schools were closed, and the Ballarat Technical Art School was created, with H.H. Smith as the Principal from from 1907 to 1940, and joint Principal of the Ballarat School of Mines from 1914-1916.[3]

More than 100 old students, teachers and others associated with the Ballarat Technical Art School assembled at a gathering at the Alexandria on Saturday night in honor of Mr. H. H. Smith, who has retired from the school after 35 years as principal. Mr. D. Johnston, acting principal, and a former student, handed over a portrait in oils of Mr. Smith painted by Mrs. Amalie Colquhoun, of Melbourne, another former student, who was also among the visitors. The portrait will be hung in the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery.[4]

Ballarat Arch of Victory

To the Editor of The Star.
Sir. — May I direct the attention of the public to the following facts in connection with the designs for the entrance to the Soldiers Avenue of Honor. Designs for this were publicly called through the Melbourne and the Ballarat press. As a result, ten designs were sent in and two of Melbourne's prominent architectsj Messrs. Drummond and Campbell, of the Victorian Institute of Architects, were ask ed to adjudicate and did so, awarding the first prize for an eminently suitable design, simple and dignified, to Mr. H. H. Smith, Principal of the Ballarat Technical Art School. Then, mirabile diotu, Lucas themselves suddenly developed into art critics, and capsized this adjudication, and the authorities in that establishment an nounced that the vote of the girls would be the deciding factor. The absolute inference, that this was an insult to the eminent architects chosen to make the award, evidently did not appeal. Some of the girls went ahead and ad judicated, deciding against the prize winner, and, although it seems scarcely credible, the press informs the public that the final decision is to rest with the girls. One hopes that this is not authentic, and, while one can not deny the splendid work done in the cause of patriotism by the employees of Lucas', it is sheer effrontery on their part to pose as art critics in globo, to the ignoring of the two men whom they themselves requested to do the adjudication. It would be interesting; to learn from Lucas' what was the motive of such an action,— Yours etc., NON COMPETITOR.[5]

Also See

Ballarat Technical Art School

Amalie Feild (later Colquhoun)

World War One


  1. Perry, Warren, The School of Mines and Industries, Ballarat, Ballarat School of Mines, Ballarat, 1984.
  2. Ballarat School of Mines Technical And Trade Schools Prospectus for Year 1908. Federation University Historical Collection (Cat. No. 3071)
  3. Perry, Warren, The School of Mines and Industries, Ballarat, Ballarat School of Mines, Ballarat, 1984.
  4. The Age, 08 April 1940.
  5. Ballarat Star, 25 November 1918.

--Clare K.Gervasoni 22:58, 30 March 2015 (AEDT); --Clare K.Gervasoni 20:41, 2 December 2017 (AEDT)

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