Image: Shirase expedition, Sydney, 1911 #17
Supporter in Sydney, Mr Forsyth and family.
The front lawn of “Rosecliffe”, with Adam Forsyth, his wife Emily, and 3 of their 4 sons, William Stanley Forsyth, A.I.A.A. (in uniform, standing), Adam Kelvin seated, and possibly Nigel Roy standing.
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The Forsyth family home “Rosecliffe” was one of the first homes to be built in Fitzwilliam Road Parsley Bay, around 1906, and can be seen in the background of an early photograph of the Parsley Bay Suspension Bridge.
Adam Forsyth (1857-1926) was a surveyor for the NSW Lands Department, an alderman on Vaucluse Council for many years, and Mayor in 1913. He was also an elder in the Presbyterian Church in Sydney, and an active member of Scots Church.
When the Japanese expedition was granted permission to set up camp in Parsley Bay very close to his home Forsyth protested at a special meeting of the Council that they should not be allowed to stay. [SMH Monday 15 May 1911, p.9] However only six weeks later a newspaper item noted his support for Professor Takeda’s lecture on Antarctica for the local debating society, which he stated “was of such a character as to show conclusively the soundness of the mission.” [SMH, Monday 26 June 1911, p.8] Forsyth’s change of heart fits with other reports that any initial opposition by the local residents to the visitors was soon won over, with most being on friendly terms with them.
See also Photo 2.