Enquiry about Fred Smith

To: "'Philip Veerman'" <>, "'Birding-Aus'" <>
Subject: Enquiry about Fred Smith
From: "Tania Ireton" <>
Date: Tue, 19 Jan 2021 08:41:57 +1100

Hi Philip,


I found this regarding date of death and age:


On Wed, Jun 19, 2013 at 7:52 AM, John Barkla <> wrote:


> I wish to advise the birding community that in the early hours of this

> morning Fred Smith died peacefully in his sleep.  Having reached ninety in

> March, Fred suffered a major stroke yesterday and did not re-awake.  As

> many

> would be aware, he was amongst the best field observers of his generation

> and it was my very great pleasure to bird with him on a regular basis for

> more than forty years.  I will miss his gentle sense of humour and will

> retain some wonderful memories of our times together with the birds.




> John Barkla


I remember going to his funeral at the Springvale Crematorium.





From: Birding-Aus <> On Behalf Of Philip Veerman
Sent: 18 January 2021 19:41
To: 'Birding-Aus' <>
Subject: [Birding-Aus] Enquiry about Fred Smith



Seeking some information for a historic piece I am working on. I am wondering if anyone knows of an obituary or tribute or whatever about Fred (F.T.H.) Smith. Well-known birder in Melbourne, especially of waders etc. I believe he died about 10 years ago. I remember him mainly from BOCA activities in 1970s to 1980s. All I am seeking is a quotable reference or some very basic information.


Philip Veerman

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