He was sponsored by the South Australian Company to emigrate to South Australia, but finding no opening for an engineer joined the Company"s financial institution, the Bank of South Australia as a clerk sometime before 1856, later as the bank"s accountants He returned to the Adelaide head office as assistant manager, and served as manager on numerous occasions between 1870 and 1884 when he retired to his home "Dalebank" in Blakiston. Around 1904 he moved to Mount Lofty, where he died after some months in poor health.
Smeaton was a well-read man, both of literature and scientific subjects, of which he had a wide knowledge and great enthusiasm.
An article by him on rainbows was published in Nature. He regularly contributed articles to The Register, and he corresponded with many authors of Encyclopædia Britannica articles, offering useful criticism.
Anatole Smeaton (c 1859 – 17 July 1940) married Enos H. Lock ( – 9 July 1921) on 6 December 1888
Stirling Smeaton Bachelor of Arts, Associate Member of Institute of Civil Engineers (30 October 1860 – 12 March 1909), one of first two graduates from University of Adelaide railway engineer then with the Engineer-in-Chief"s department. Edna Smeaton (4 January 1868 – 25 January 1954) married Thomas Luscombe Wright ( – ) on 15 August 1895
Drury Luscombe Wright (c June 1898 – 11 April 1917) was killed in France during World War I
Fabrian Smeaton (17 June 1869 – 20 June 1906), died at Mount Lofty
Ida Smeaton (18 March 1871 – )
Doctor Bronte Smeaton (6 October 1873 – ) married Elizabeth Florence Moule (c 1873 – 10 October 1900) on 16 June 1900.
Elizabeth was a daughter of John Moule Master of Health Administration. They lived at Mount Barker, later Barton Terrace, North Adelaide.
Doctor Creagh Smeaton ( – ) married Morna Dobbie ( – ) on 9 February 1932. Raymond Smeaton (19 January 1876 – 27 August 1921) married Gertrude Margaret Jones (1875 – ) on 26 December 1903. He was manager of the Blyth, then Tumby Bay, Mount Pleasant and Murray Bridge branches of the Bank of Adelaide.
Smeaton was a prominent socialite. Margaret Condon Smeaton ( – ) married William Case Howard ( – ) on 14 January 1933. Graham Smeaton (21 December 1877 – 26 April 1949) married Nell.
He was manager of C. Wright"s estate on the Bay Road.
There is no evidence of his being closely related to the South Australian politician Thomas Hyland Smeaton.
He was in 1853 a founding member of the Adelaide Philosophical Society, and chairman in 1860.