L. L. Smith, medico, writer, publisher, politician, litigant, showman, speculator, collector, vigneron, farmer, breeder and rider of racehorses, guiding hand for thirty years of Melbourne's great exhibition complex…
The Audacious Adventures of Dr Louis Lawrence Smith is a captivating biography of a mercurial man.
Two hardback volumes in slip-case.
'Advice gratis is never any good. I always charge a guinea.'
– Dr Louis Lawrence Smith
'a product of his age … doctor, politician, sportsman, newspaper proprietor, author, agitator …'
– Marcus Clarke
John Poynter is a Professional Fellow and former Ernest Scott Professor of History at the University of Melbourne. The Audacious Adventures of Dr Louis Lawrence Smith completes, with Doubts and Certainties: The Life of Alexander Leeper (1997) and Mr Felton's Bequests (2003 and 2008), a trio of studies of figures prominent in Colonial Victoria's golden age.
The book was launched at the Royal Exhibition Centre on 26/04/2014. Photos of the event can be found here: