Smith, William Ramsay (AA 263)

William Ramsay Smith

Born: 27 November 1859, King Edward, Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
Died: 28 September 1937, Belair, South Australia

Smith married Margaret MacKenzie in 1889 and then moved to Adelaide in 1896 where he took up a position as physician at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. In 1901 Smith served in the South African War as surgeon captain, Imperial Bushman’s Corps and in 1903 was appointed major in the Australian Army Medical Corps. He commanded the 1st Australian General Hospital Imperial Force in Egypt during 1915.

Smith belonged to the Royal Anthropological Society of Great Britain and Ireland and devoted thirty years to a sympathetic study of the customs and psychology of Australian Aboriginal people.

The South Australian Museum Archives contains an album of drawings by Charlie Flannigan as well as papers and photographs which have not yet been processed.

Image courtesy of the State Library of South Australia: B7479.

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