Hon. Sydney Smith served in Parke's last Ministry as Secretary for Mines & Agriculture. He was instrumental in establishing the Hawkesbury Agricultural College.
Under Sir George Reid. Sydney Smith introduced the Coal Mines Regulations of 1896, Water rights in 1896 and the Artesian Wells Act in 1897. As Opposition Whip in the first parliament he helped engineer the Reid- McClaren coalition of 1904-1905
Hon. Sydney Smith at the opening of Parliament Canberra 1901 Close up top right