Finding the Smiths
The little-known story of Australian business man, Stanley Smith, and his Chinese wife, May, is a fascinating story of war, espionage and business during the first half of the volatile twentieth century. This history was revealed by a multi-national team of researchers based in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Stanley and May Smith lived very quiet lives and avoided publicity. During World War II they were involved in espionage for the British forces in East Asia. After the war, Stanley Smith took advantage of many business opportunities in East Asia with his friend, John Galvin.
Australian archives contain a large quantity of material about people with the surname, Smith. Yvonne Perkins carefully sifted through this material to piece together more about Stanley Smith’s upbringing in early twentieth century Brisbane.
Yvonne Perkins was involved from the start of the project. Her initial research helped to prove that this project was not only feasible but could lead to a fascinating book.
Skills and Experience Used on the Project
Yvonne Perkins drew on the following skills and experience on this project:
- Australian education history
- Early 20th century history of Brisbane
- Archival research in Queensland and New South Wales
- Collaborating with researchers in an international research project