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Marriage of Sir Keith Smith to Lady Anita

03 June, 1924

Sir Keith Smith married Lady Anita on 3 June 1924 at the District of Kensington Register Office in London. Anita Crawford (nee Schmidt) had previously been married to England cricketer Jack Crawford. In Flick of the Fingers, Crawford biographer Michael Burns describes the “talented and glamorous” Anita as a prominent figure in Roaring Twenties London: “She had her portrait painted by the distinguished Australian artist Marion Jones, she designed a collection of flapper-girl clothes for Adelaide’s fashionable ladies, and she was appointed the conductor of a Shakespearean orchestra …” When Lady Anita died in 1986, she bequeathed her entire estate to the development of the Sir Ross and Sir Keith Smith Fund, which remains dedicated to encouraging the advancement of aeronautics and aerospace technology in South Australia. The image top left shows Lady Anita and Sir Keith Smith in Sydney after their marriage in London. [SLSA PRG-18/14/3]