Image: Shirase expedition, Sydney, 1911 #3
Supporter in Sydney, Mr Duncan’s family.
This is William Duncan, his wife Caroline and family on the steps of their home "Strathern" in Fitzwilliam Road, Parsley Bay. The younger children are probably Wilfred (13), Alan (10) and Jean (7).
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The house with its distinctive steps can be seen in an early photograph of the Parsley Bay Suspension bridge.
William Duncan (1860-1939) was well known in the building trade and the son of one of the master builders of early Sydney. In 1911 he was working at the Sydney Morning Herald and remained there until retiring in 1937.
Duncan was a strong advocate for the public having the right to Sydney harbour foreshores, and he helped establish the Vaucluse House and Nielsen Park trust in 1911. His knowledge of Sydney’s history was useful when Vaucluse House was being reconstructed.