Photograph & Certificate, Framed George Oliver Smart New Zealand Order of Merit ...


Photograph & Certificate, Framed George Oliver Smart New Zealand Order of Merit [In Copyright]

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This framed photograph titled 'Son of Wyndham', is of George Oliver Smart O.N.Z.M., proudly displaying his medal which was presented to him by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace, on the 1st June 1998. He was recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for his Services to Business, Management and Community. Also included in the frame with the photograph are his two O.N.Z.M. medals.

George was born in Wyndham on March 19, 1920, the second son of George James Cruickshank Smart and Florence Smart, (nee Hardy). A chartered accountant who held positions from Invercargill to Hamilton, it was while in Hamilton that he founded St Pauls Collegiate School. George married Valerie Grace Jackson and they had two sons John and Nicholas. In 1964, he accepted an assignment at the United Nations and served for sixteen years in New York and Japan. In this role, he made considerable contributions to procedures for the newly formed country of Bangladesh. On returning to New Zealand, for six years he served on the commerce commission. After this, George spent fifteen years in England managing 'The Princes Trust' for the South of England.

An avid follower of sport, he and his brother Randolph enjoyed fishing in the Mataura River and other Southland rivers. Randolph, a pilot during World War Two, was killed over Germany. George died in Wellington in December 2011 aged ninety one and his ashes rest with his wife Florence, and his parents in the Wyndham Cemetery.

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Front, upper centre, on a gold coloured plaque: 'George Oliver Smart O.N.Z.M.'
'"Son of Wyndham"'
Front right in ink: ' George Oliver Smart was born in Wyndham on 19th March 1920'... 'he died in Wellington in December 2011 and his ashes rest with his parents in the Wyndham cemetery.'
Reverse, upper centre: 'True Vue sticker glass cleaning tips''Conservation Clear'
Lower Centre, Picture framer sticker: 'CAMEO"
In ink '06/12'
Lower right in pencil 'WY.2012.2.2.1'


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