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St Mark's church built in 1890 has the distinction of being one of the early designs of Frederick de Jersey Clere. He is  recognised as one of NZ's most influential architects - over one hundred churches were built to the designs of F de J Clere.

FRANK CROMPTON SMITH  was b: 26 Feb 1868 to parents Percy and Mary Ann Smith, and d: 22 Jul 1906 in Wellington. He mar:  24 Oct 1899 in Waitotara to VIOLET GWENDOLINE DURIE daughter of JAMES WILLIAM and GWENDOLINE ELEANOR* DURIE. She was b: 15 Apr 1877, and d: 16 Oct 1953 in Wanganui aged 76Y; Crem. Wanganui Aramoho Cem .

Feilding-Star, 28 Oct 1899: Wedding Bells.  A quiet but pretty wedding was solemnised in the Waitotara Church on October 24th, when Miss Violet Gwendline Durie, only daughter of Mr J. N. Dorie, Glenmore, Waitotara, was married to Mr  Frank C. Smith, eldest son of Mr Percy Smith, Surveyor-General. Wellington. Tbe ceremony, which was choral, was performed by the Rev. H. D. A. Major. The bride, who was given away by her father, was charmingly attired in a fawn tailor-made costume with pretty brown toque, trimmed with chiffon-brown and salmon pink ribbon. She carried a lovely bouquet, aud wore a handoome pearl and sapphire brooch, gif'ts of the bridegroom. Tbe bridesmaids were Misses Connie Brewer and Destrange Nolan, cousins of the bride. The bridal party left the church amidst showers of rose leaves and rice, and proceeded lo the residence of the bride's parents, where the wedding breakfast was partaken of, a number of relatives from far and near being present. The wedding presents were numerous and handsome, including a number of cheques. The bride and bridegroom left by the 3.20 p in. train, tn route for Feilding, their future home.

30th May 1906: Frank visited his parents at Auckland for what proved to be the last tme as in July was very ill with what proved to be cancer. Funeral on the 24th at Fielding.  

A Well-known Feilding Settler. July 23 1906: Mr Frank Crompton Smith, for nine years* manager for Barraud and Abraham's Feilding branch, died last night aged 38. Deceased was for two years president of the Chamber of Commerce, also an active member of the A. and P. Association committee. He was very popular amongst the farming community.

Fielding Star: OBITUARY.Quite a gloom was cast over the district this morning, when the sad intelligence was circulated that Mr Frank Crompton Smith, manager of Messrs Barraud & Abraham's business here, had passed away at his residence, South Street, last evening. Mr Smith had only been ailing for a short time, and was obliged to go to bed about a week ago, the trouble being congestion of the liver, which led to other ' complications, causing death, He was attended by Dr. McAllum, and on Thursday evening, when his illness became more critical, Dr. Martin, of Pahuerston North, was called in. Deceased, who was only 38 years of age, was born .at the Chatham Islands, and was the son of Mr S. P. Smith, ex-Surveyor-General. In the early days of Feilding he worked as accountant in the Bank of New Zealand, and it was only the other day, while talking with a friend, that he remarked upon the vast progress of the town. In those days the bank had about three customers per day, and it was a case of sit down and wait until they came along. About nine years ago he returned to Feilding, and succeed Mr Cooper as manager of Messrs Barraud & Abraham's local branch. He was looked upon as one of the straightest and soundest business men in the community, and through his popularity and good management the business which he represented has grown and prospered. Apart from his business qualifications, deceased took a keen interest in matters that would tend to advance the town and district. For two years he was President of the Feilding Chamber of Commerce, and through his influence several reforms were about locally. When it was proposed to establish an Industrial Association here he was in the front rank, and through his intervention several farmers were induced to become members. The Association was afterwards merged into the A. & P. Association, and deceased still retained his position on the committee, and worked with untiring energy. In his younger days he was a noted footballer, and he took part in many a hard contested game on this coast. He leavas a widow and two sons to mourn his loss. The family wish it to be understood that the interment will be private.

Wife Violet and the two boys went to stay with her parents at Okaiawa. On 1st April 1907 - Violet appointed Okaiawa Post Mistress 1907 and On 18th August Violet's youngest boy (he had been born at SP's house) died at Okaiawa aged 7 months - he named Frank after his father.

Children of FRANK SMITH and VIOLET DURIE are:

i. WINSTON MARMION SMITH, b. 24 Dec 1900; d. 17 Dec 1981, New Plymouth 81Y. In 1936 he mar JOYCE POWDRELL She was b: 31 Jan 1907 in Hawera, Taranaki, and d: 13 Jul 1979 in Taranaki. New Plymouth Crem.16 Jul 1979. They had 3 children.

Joyce was daughter of WALTER POWDRELL

  • Birth: 26 May 1874 in Wairoa, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
  • Death: 8 Mar 1921 in Wellington
  • Burial: 12 Mar 1921 Hawera Cemetery
  • Occupation: Farmer/Member of Parliament/Director/Managing Dir of Freezing Works 1910-1921. Patea, Taranaki, New Zealand
  • and mother MYRA nee BARNES. b: 15 Jun 1874 in Onehunga, Auckland, New Zealand

    • Married: 26 Sep 1899 in St Peter's, Onehunga, Auckland
    • Event: Married by Rev Canon Haselden; bridesmaids Millie Barnes & Miss Powdrell; best man Robert Barnes Marriage 26 Sep 1899 in Onehunga, Auckland

    ii. TYRREL MARMION SMITH, b. 1903; d. 23 Nov 1941 Libya; WW2

    Notes:  Rank:Corporal; Service No:32586; Date of Death:23/11/1941Regiment/Service: New Zealand Infantry 25th Btn. Grave Reference:14. C. 7. KNIGHTSBRIDGE WAR CEMETERY, ACROMA; NOK: Son of Frank Crompton Smith and of Violet Gwendoline Smith (nee Durie), of Feilding, Wellington, New Zealand

    iii. FRANK MARMION SMITH, b. 1907; d. 18 Aug 1907, Okaiawa Aged 7 months.

    Widow Violet Smith remar: in 1928 to JAMES NORMAN CROCKER  - he was b: 15 Jun 1880 in Hawera son of James Crocker (1840-1919) and Mary Ann Payne (1849-1919); 1917: Military Callup: Occ: Farmer at Okaiawa; he d: 08 Dec 1932 in Okaiawa.

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