Arthur Edward (A E) Smith (1880-1978) is considered the most important violin maker in Australia. In 1971 he was awarded an MBE for services to music. After learning to make violins in England, Smith settled in Australia. In 1912 he opened a violin repair shop in Sydney which soon became a hub of activity. His workshop established the careers of many other leading Australian violin makers such as Charles Clarke, William Dolphin, Harry Vatiliotis and his own daughter, Kitty Smith.
Smith used the...
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