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James Forsyth (Australian politician)

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Preceded by  George Sim
Preceded by  John Campbell
Preceded by  New seat
Resting place  Toowong Cemetery
Succeeded by  Thomas Nevitt
Succeeded by  Seat abolished
Succeeded by  Richard Warren
James Forsyth (Australian politician)
Died  14 October 1927, Brisbane, Australia

James Forsyth (1852 – 14 October 1927) was a company director and member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly.


Early days

Forsyth was born in West Plean, Stirling, Scotland, to parents John Forsyth, farmer, and his wife Janet (née Munnock). After receiving his education in West Plean he worked for Henderson Bros, Merchants in Stirling and spent five years with Arnott and Co. in Glasgow. He arrived in Sydney in early 1875 where he stayed almost a year, moving to Brisbane in December of the same year. In 1880 he was the manager at Normanton for James Burns & Co. and was mainly responsible for the company's expansion in the North Queensland area. When the businesses of Burns and Robert Philp were amalgamated in 1883, he became a director of Burns Philp.

Political career

At the 1899 Queensland colonial elections, Forsyth, for the Ministerialists, won the seat of Carpentaria. He changed allegiance to the Opposition Party in 1904, led by his close friend, Robert Philp. He was defeated at the 1907 state elections.

Two years later, he won the seat of Moreton. By now, he was back with the Ministerialists. Forsyth held this seat for three years, switching to Murrumba. He held the seat until his retirement from politics in 1918.

From 1919 until 1927 Forsyth was the honorary Consulate for Queensland in Japan.

Personal life

In 1882, Forsyth married Helen Morrison Campbell (daughter of prominent Brisbane businessman James Campbell). They had no children. He died in 1927 and his funeral proceeded from Braelands, his former residence in Toowong to the Toowong Cemetery.


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