Architects of Patonga’s War Memorial.

Thomas Worthy James SMITH – Hon. Organiser

When Peter Crook was looking for information for this years Anzac Day talk 2019, Patonga Project provided assistance and also prepared a background on the members of the Organising Committee mentioned in the program for the opening.

Thomas Worthy James SMITH

Thomas Worthy James Smithwas born in 1898 in Annandale, New South Wales, his father, James, was 19 and his mother, Elizabeth, was 19. He married Clarissa Kitchener in 1919 in Sydney, New South Wales. They had two children during their marriage. They divorced in 1945. In 1946 he purchased 11 Jacaranda Avenue with a Alice Esther Mitchell who later became his wife. They transferred this property to a company name of Keelston Pty Ltd in 1955 (not sure who owned Keelston).  

Other properties purchased and sold by Thomas Worthy James and Alice Esther SMITH 

1946 – 1956 _ 22 Bay Street

1950 – 1956 _ 19 Jacaranda Ave 

1951 – 1956 _ 17 Jacaranda Ave 

1951 – 1956 _ 15 Jacaranda Ave

It is possible that Thomas met Alice in Patonga as Alice Esther Mitchell is registered as being the owner in 1946 – 1943 of what is now 1 Patonga Dve.      

Electoral records (1949 and 1954) indicate that Thomas Worthy and Alice Esther SMITH resided at “Altoma” in Jacaranda Ave.


Thomas Worthy James Smith was recorded as being employed as a contractor on land title transfers, 

Electoral rolls have him in 1930 & 1933 as a lorry driver and living at Ryde. In 1943 he still resided at Ryde with an occupation as a packer. In 1935-1937 and1943 he resided at Ryde with an occupation as case merchant.  This would relate to his partnership and then sole trader of the Universal Case Factory Camperdown commencing prior to1932.  

During his time at Patonga no occupation was recorded. By 1958 he was living at 60 Adelaide Street Umina and occupied as a carrier.

During his time at Patonga, Smith rented vacation properties, hired launches, provided a taxi truck service and was a local councillor from at least 1948-1950. 

He sought a special lease whilst a boat proprieter, 

It is notified in the Government Gazette of 14th, 22nd, 29thApril, and 6th May, 1949, that application has been made by Thomas Worthy James Smith for Special Lease No. 48/151 Land District of Gosford for Boat shed (Community) and wharf dimensions about 35 feet frontage by 100 feet below high water mark of Patonga Creek, fronting part Reserve 40412 for access. Village and Parish Patonga, County of Northumberland. Objections may be lodged at Land Board Office, East Maitland.

He also operated as an auctioneer and licensed real estate agent.

18 Apr 1951 – SALE POSTPONED THE AUCTION SALE of Household effects to take place at the Chalet PATONGA BEACH on Saturday April 21, has been postponed till further notice, Tom Smith, Auctioneer .Phone Pat. 17

In 1948 one of his hired launches (Syd) went missing with two men and a boy on board.

it was reported that 

9 Jul 1948 – Thirty-five minutes after the time set down for the special meeting of Gosford Shire Council today to consider the report of the consulting engineers on extensions to the Gosford water supply there was a bare quorum of five councillors present. Apologies were received from the three councillors of A Riding (Crs Ashwell, Brown and Grahame. Cr T. W. Smith, of Patonga, was absent also as he is making arrangements for the State Governor’s visit to Patonga on Sunday. Crs Tarrant and Lloyd (Woy Woy) arrived half-an-hour late.

Smith was a strong advocate for Patonga whilst on Council 

11 Nov 1949 – Councillor – Local Loan Works To Be Carried Out At Patonga Beach
Councillor Smith, at last Monday’s meeting of the Gosford Shire Council succeeded in securing approval for two motions proposing local loans for road work and facilities for visitors at the camping area at Patonga Beach.

14thApr, 1949 appointment of Trustees under the Public Trusts Act for Reserve No. 60,868 at Patonga, notified 28th December, 1928, for Mechanics’ Institute Site:—Messrs. Albert William Ballantyne, Thomas Worthy James Smith, Albert Victor Mugridge and James Findlater (in the places of Messrs. E. F. Wilks, H. J. Warrior, S. D. Goulding and A. Landow, resigned); Additional Trustees: Messrs. William George Richardson and Charles Edward Sproul. P. 49-2,076.

He was also controversial 

Local Government matters are only ‘middling’ down Gosford way. Cr. T. W. J. Smith, of Patonga, was fined £9/9/6 for punching Cr. W. L. Lloyd. The latter claimed £50 compensation. Smith alleged that Lloyd called him a — — liar. A second action, in which Cr. T. W. Smith instituted proceedings against Cr. W. J. A. Dennett (Avoca), alleging that he had acted in a civil capacity while subject to special disqualification was adjourned, part-heard. The Shire Council has decided to have an investigation of its affairs by a competent administrator.

And still ambitious 

13 Jan 1950 – Cr Barrett New Chairman Of County Council Cr. Wilfred Barrett was elected Chairman for the ensuing twelve months at a special meeting of Brisbane Water County Council on Wednesday. His allowance was fixed at £125. Cr. T. W. J. Smith, of Patonga, was the only other nominee for the position. He was later elected depuy-chairman. Both Cr. Barrett and Cr. Smith filled identical positions in the first term of the present council in 1948. Cr. Barrett is on the Wyong Shire Council and Cr. Smith on the Gosford Shire Council. 

He remained an advocate for Patonga after leaving Council 

2 Mar 1954 – Council urged to save sanctuary, Ex-Gosford Shire councillor, Mr. T. W. Smith, of Patonga, last week urged council to alter its decision to close the old Patonga-Pearl Beach Road. Council recently decided to close the road at the request of the Warrah Sanctuary. Mr Smith, in an address to council, said that closing the road would be a grave mistake as it was of great value, not only to the people of the shire but to the people of the State.

2 Jul 1954 – Sanctuary road will remain open.
Its previous decision to close the old Patonga-Pearl Beach Road through Warrah Sanctuary was rescinded by Gosford Shire Council at its monthly meeting on Wednesday. Since its last meeting council has received a letter of protest from Mr. T. W. Smith, of Patonga Beach, and received a petition with 300 signatures.

… and entrepreneurial

11 Jul 1952 – Opposition To Spirits Licence At Patonga – Mr. Cassidy appeared for Thomas W. J. Smith, who applied for a spirit merchant’s licence at Patonga. The Court adjourned the hearing to Sydney for a decision. A deputation of residents,
front Patonga opposed the application.

31 Aug 1952 – Former Councillor Refused Liquor Licence An application by Mr T. W. J. Smith, for a spirit merchant’s licence at his premises at Patonga Beach was refused by the Licensing Court at Gosford on Tuesday. Mr Smith is a former Gosford Shire councillor. The Court considered that the reasonable requirements of the neighbourhood did not justify granting the application.

Hints to the building of the war memorial


19 Sep 1950 – FOR SALE, J.J.P. secondhand Brickmaking Machine, as new. Also extra Moulds. Tom Smith, Patonga 17.                                                                                         

FOR SALE, 6ft Southern Cross Windmill, 30ft tower, as new. Can arrange to instal. See it working. Tom Smith, phone Patonga 17

He died in 1960 at the age of 62 at his son’s home in Canterbury NSW.

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