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Coultman Smith was a newspaper reporter in Hobart, Tasmania, an A.I.F. officer in the Pacific War, a sub-editor, feature writer, magazine editor and a professional soldier specialising in public relations, staff, medals and records. His short stories and articles have appeared in various Australian journals, and he has worked in radio, television and documentary film. Smith's other publications include Shadow over Tasmania :For the First Time, the Truth About the State's Convict History (1941), Port Arthur's Convict Days (1946), Port Arthur Through the Artist's Eyes (1948) Tales of Old Tasmania (1978) and Town With a History : Beaconsfield Tasmania (1999).