Image: Shirase expedition, Sydney, 1911 #8

Shirase expedition, Sydney, 1911 #8

Supporter in Sydney, Mr Sherwood’s relations.
A descendent agrees that this could be Abraham Robin Sherwood (1854-1925) who was Metropolitan Superintendent of Police, with his family. The perceived ages of the sons and daughters in this image fit with NSW Birth records of Abraham Sherwood’s children with his wife Catherine.


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According to the Sydney Sands Directory Abraham lived in Botany, and so not in the vicinity of the Japanese camp in Parsley Bay, however he had more local connections previously, living in Cowper St Waverley in the 1890’s, where his son Norman Leslie lived afterwards. Another son went on to become an opera singer with the stage name Lionello Cecil Sherwood.
Presumably the expedition members would have had some contact with the Sydney police force, and there was a local police station in Watsons Bay. Newspaper reports of 1911 mention trouble with larrikins arriving by boat into Parsley Bay and creating night disturbances, with extra police patrols requested. [Barrier Miner (Broken Hill) 16 September 1911, page 6]
See also Photo 20.


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