1851 - 1937
The 19th Century
Bruce Smith (1851-1937) was an Australian Barrister and a Member of the Parliament of New South Wales in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Smith was one of the very few (perhaps the only one) Spencerite liberals in the Australian colonies. He was influenced by the writings of the English “Liberty and Property Defence League” which was a group of radical individualists and free traders who had among their members Thomas Mackay and Auberon Herbert.