Basic Biographical Details

Name: George William Smith
Designation: Architect, Engineer
Born: 25 November 1838
Died: 18 September 1931
Bio Notes: George William Smith was the eldest son of W Smith, a chemist in Glasgow. He was articled to William Robertson, civil and mining engineer, Glasgow, for five years from 1853. For the last three years of his articles he worked as an assistant engineer with the Caledonian Railway, Hamilton branch. Smith emigrated to South Africa in 1858 in order, according to his obituary in the 'Port Elizabeth Advertiser' (23 Sep 1931, quoted in 'Looking Back' (no. 16 (1) Mar 1976:7-8) 'to fill an appointment on the Cape Town - Wellington Railway, under T Merchant and latterly Marcus Smith, as assistant engineer'.

George William Smith had two sons, both of whom were architects. The elder, George Oswald Smith joined his father in partnership about 1900 and the name of the practice became Smith, Son & Dewar.

The younger son was Harold Bayldon Smith. Harold Bayldon Smith, trained with his father. The elder Smith must presumably have had some training in architecture as well as engineering as his son was articled to him. When Harold Bayldon Smith returned to South Africa after a spell in the UK he joined his father's practice. The name of the practice then became Smith Sons & Dewar.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect, engineer (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 3Smith & Dewar  Partner 
Item 2 of 3Smith, Son & Dewarc. 1900 Partner 
Item 3 of 3Smith Sons & Dewarc. 19101930sPartner 

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect, engineer (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2Harold Bayldon SmithJuly 18931894Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Harold Bayldon Smith18981899Apprentice 


Currently, there are no references for this architect, engineer. The information has been derived from: the British Architectural Library / RIBA Directory of British Architects 1834-1914; Post Office Directories; and/or any sources listed under this individual's works.