Image: Shirase expedition, Sydney, 1911 #1

Shirase expedition, Sydney, 1911 #1

Watsons Bay School children and expedition members on the suspension bridge spanning Parsley Bay. 
This bridge was designed by local councillor Edwin Sautelle and was completed the year before the Japanese expedition arrived.

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Built to enhance the amenity of the Reserve for public recreation, the Japanese found this bridge useful for getting down into the bay and their camp when they were walking from the Watson's Bay ferry wharf.
Robert Hilliar, who can be seen in this image as a small boy of five (centre back), provided some reminiscences about the local residents' interactions with the Japanese visitors for Woollahra Library in 1993, and he had a copy of this photo which had been kept by his family for over 80 years. 

He remembered practically living at their camp, with the family’s cattle dog Derby, and being spoilt with Japanese biscuits and sweets. In 1911 the Hilliar family home was a new brick cottage, "Trent" in Fitzwilliam Road, Parsley Bay, one of a handful of houses close to the Japanese camp.
[See Britten, Jane and Yeh, Caroline, Parsley Bay: place of the heart. Woollahra, Woollahra Library. 2000]
See also Photo 7.

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