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Edward J. Smith son of Walter Thomas Smith,lighthouse-keeper,Lowly Point,Spencer Gulf


I wonder if anyone here can help me; I am researching a ship wreck, the loss of the Garthpool in 1929 off the Cape Verde Islands.

Two of the crew were Australian; here I begin with an enquiry about an apprentice.

Edward James Smith, b.1912, Port Adelaide

He was the son of Walter Thomas Smith, second lighthouse keeper of;

Point Lowly, Spencer Gulf, South Australia (circa 1890-1903)^
& also
Assistant Keeper, Penguin Island (circa 1903/1904)*
Head Keeper, Port Adelaide (circa 1904-1906)*
Head Keeper, Cape Borda (1906-?)*

(^ From 'Public Service List by Public Service Commissioner;
found on google books//*Sourced from enquiry to
Lighthouse's of Australia)

Edward was 17 when he joined the Garthpool; he was one of 8 apprentice's.
I'd love to learn more about him and his family, & hopefully contact his descendants or relatives; I'd love to discover who he was, and what became of him.

Did he remain in a life at sea or did some other fate await him?

Any information, help and advice would be most appreciated.

Yours sincerely

Jessica Fox

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