Jack Carington Smith (1908-1972), artist and teacher, was born on 26 February 1908 at Launceston, Tasmania, son of native-born parents Robert Norman Smith, merchant, and his wife Muriel Matilda, née Johnstone. As a 15-year-old student at Launceston Church Grammar School, Jack had two water-colours accepted by the Launceston Art Society. Intent on a career as an artist, in 1925 he went to Sydney where he attended night-classes at East Sydney Technical College; he supported himself by working as a clerk for the Shell Co. of Australia Ltd and, from 1928, as a commercial artist.
On 28 September 1934 Smith married Ruth Tait Walker at St John's Anglican Church, Darlinghurst. Recognition came in the mid-1930s when he
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