James Forsyth

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Goldfields Involvement, 1854

Post 1854 Experiences


Mr. James Forsyth, jun., Wagga, on Monday morning received a telegram announcing the death of his father, Mr. James Forsyth, in Melbourne, on Sunday. The cause of the unexpected demise was not intimated. The deceased about two months ago went to Melbourne to undergo an operation for the removal of a growth on the lip, and it was apparently successful. He was 67 years of age. Although a resident of Orbost, Gippsland, Victoria, since 1891, the late Mr. Forsyth was for 16 years a resident of Germanton, where he established and carried on the business now owned by Mr. L. Grimwood. Whilst there he took an active interest in all movements pertaining to the advancement of the town, and was for years the President of the Progress Association. Amongst the movements with which he closely associated himself was the establishment of the present Pastoral and Agricultural Association. In the undertaking he was associated with Messrs. J. Snodgrass, R. Hamilton, J. Higgins, and many other prominent residents. The deceased also actively participated in the movement for opening up the Germanton-Jingellic road, now one of the principal thoroughfares of the district. The late Mr. J. Forsyth was born at Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1832. He came to Australia in 1850, landing at Melbourne, and went thence to Ballarat, where he remained some time, and saw all the stirring events in connection with the Eureka Stockade, in 1852. Bendigo next attracted his attention, and after a trial of fortune there the gold rush set in in the Ovens district, and he migrated to Beechworth, where he commenced business as a baker. He settled at Yarrara, near Germanton, in 1873, removing to Orbost, Gippsland, in 1891, and establishing a general store there. This business he conducted until his death. He was of a genial disposition, and was a great favorite with all classes. The deceased leaves a wife, and six children — three sons and three daughters. The eldest is Mr. James Forsyth, at present residing at Wagga, another Ron resides at Corowa, whilst the third is manager of his father's business at Orbost. The daughters are Mrs. Sefton, wife of the railway station master at Bethunga, Mrs. W. Fisher, Orbost, and Miss Forsyth, nurse of the Bendigo Hospital.[1]

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Further Reading

Corfield, J.,Wickham, D., & Gervasoni, C. The Eureka Encyclopaedia, Ballarat Heritage Services, 2004.


  1. Albury Banner, 22 September 1899.

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