Image: Shirase expedition, Sydney, 1911 #7
Supporters in Sydney, the Hilliar family.
Alexander and Florence Hilliar stand with their twin daughters Marjory and Dorothy and son Robert, on the steps of their home "Trent" in Fitzwilliam Road, Parsley Bay. Do you know the identity of the seated woman?
- © Penguin Do Pharmacy/Kazuyuki Miisho
"Trent", now demolished, was a new brick cottage built in 1910 with 7 rooms, a large garden and orchard. It was only a few hundred metres from the Japanese camp, as Robert Hilliar recalled: “they were our next door neighbours” - and the family became quite friendly with them. Robert’s father Alexander acted as guide for expedition members when they needed to go into the city on business.
Before moving to Parsley Bay Alexander Clark Hilliar (1872-1936) had been licensee of the Commercial Hotel in Lismore, and in 1906 he took over the George Hotel, corner of Pitt and Market Streets Sydney.
The family also has a copy of this photo, probably given to them by Miisho, the photographer.
[See Britten, Jane and Yeh, Caroline, Parsley Bay: place of the heart. Woollahra, Woollahra Library. 2000]
See also Photo 1.