Albert E. S. Smythe

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A. E. S. Smythe

In 1919 Albert E. S. Smythe became General Secretary of the Canadian Section in the Theosophical Society, Adyar (now the Theosophical Society in Canada). He was editor of The Lamp from 1894 to 1900, The Canadian Theosophist, and from 1928 to 1935 of The Hamilton Herald.[1]

Mr. Smythe a well-regarded lecturer.

On November 7 Mr. Albert E. S. Smythe, General Secretary of the Canadian Section, was in San Francisco and kindly offered to speak for the San Francisco Lodge. In the evening he delivered a lecture on "Theosophy's Message - Brotherhood" to a large and appreciative audience, who listened attentively while the various principal tenets of our philosophy were explained in clear and convincing language. The lecturer is fluent of speech and illustration, and at times rises to heights of eloquence.

The following afternoon Mr. Smythe answered questions at the regular class, and on that same evening left for Los Angeles. Our only regret was that he could not remain longer.[2]

His son Conn was also a Theosophist, and book steward for Toronto Lodge. While serving in the military during World War I, Conn Smythe became a prisoner of war in Germany.[3]


  1. The International Theosophical Year Book 1938 (Adyar, Madras, India: Theosophical Publishing House, 1938): 215.
  2. "Mr. Smythe Visits San Francisco" The American Theosophist 25.12 (December 1937), 282.
  3. "From the National Secretary: German Prisoners-of-War" The Messenger 5-9 (January, 1918), 652.