In 1949 he entered a couple of violins and a viola in a competition in the Haig, Nedderland, amongst the adjudicators where some members of the International Society of Violin and Bow Makers. Arthur was asked to become member of this august body, and was certified by them a Master Luthier. Arthur E. Smith was awarded the M.B.E. in the early 1970’s, and was then honored with the O.B.E. a few years later for his achievements in the Musical Industry.
During the period 1919 – 1972 anumber of Australia’s leading instrument repairers, and makers, were trained in the workshop of A.E. SMITH & Co. Pty., Ltd. Arthur Edward Smith was the recognized expert on the authentication of instruments of the violin family in this country. He also earned a reputation as a violin maker of exceptional ability and artistry.