Edgar Bertram Mackennal
Bronze bust with granite pedestal
Born in London in 1830, Dr Louis Smith immigrated to Melbourne in 1852. Besides medicine, Smith had a career as a politician, during which he was accused and acquitted of corruption several times.
An important figure during the development of the Royal Exhibition Building, Smith was chair of the trustees from 1884 to 1909 and a trustee from 1881 until his death in 1910. Bertram Mackennal's bronze bust of Smith was funded by public subscription and is sited at the eastern entrance to his beloved building.