Smiley Family History
Douglas Ward Smiley 1904-1936
Francis Smylie/Smiley 1689 → Hugh Smiley 1723 → William Smiley 1757 → Hugh Smiley 1785 → Shepherd Parkman Smiley 1828 → Thomas Alexander Ward Smiley 1867 → Douglas Ward Smiley 1904-1936.
Born: 24 February 1904, Charlton, Vic
Died: 18 July 1936, Ouyen, Vic, aged 32
Married: Gertrude Martha McIntyre, 2 July 1927 at Kew, Vic
Douglas Ward Smiley was the sixth of the eleven children of Thomas Alexander Ward and Marion Harley (Bunn) Smiley.
As Doug's father shifted the family often to cater for his work as a boring contractor, his childhood saw him living in a variety of locations and he attended a number of schools.
His sister Jean (Smiley) Nixon recalled later in life that when their mother took the four older children by boat to South Australia where her husband was working, she put Doug in a drawer from the boat cabin's chest of drawers so he would not roll out of his bed at night.
Like other members of the family, Doug attended Brighton Road State School in St Kilda, and he later went to Wesley College on a scholarship.
He married at Kew on 2 July 1927 Gertrude Martha McIntyre, [click on photo to see a larger image] who was born at Kew on 15 February 1904, daughter of James and Annie Alice McIntyre. The couple had three children.
Doug died from heart disease at Ouyen Hospital on 18 July 1936. He was aged only 32. He and Gertie had been wheat farming at Tempy. Doug was buried at Brighton Cemetery on July 20.
Gertie returned to Melbourne to live with their three children. She died at Kew on 10 October 1980, aged 76.
Children of Douglas and Gertrude (McIntyre) Smiley
- Helen (born 1928)
- Barbara (born 1929)
- Douglas James Smiley (1932-1988)