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Unveiling: Memorial for William Tipple Smith

3 September 2020

Branded a rogue and a fraud for his claims on the first discovery of gold in NSW, William Tipple Smith died in poverty with an unmarked final resting place in Rookwood Cemetery. Gold-mining effectively began the era of Australia’s narrative changing from convict colony to the wealthy and progressive nation we are today.

With support from Rookwood General Cemetery, BlueScope Steel, NSW Government and crowdfunding from the public, our heritage stonemason team have created a memorial befitting the contributions William Tipple Smith made to Australia.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the unveilling was a private event with William Tipple Smith's descendents. The public is now welcome to visit the memorial.