Late of  ?

New South Wales Police Force

Regd. #  ????

Rank:  Constable

Stations: ?, Newcastle, Cobar – Resigned

ServiceFrom  ? ? ?  to  ? ? ? = ? years Service


Born? ? around 1891? in Scotland

Died on:  Thursday  17 May 1917

Age:  26

Cause:  Tuberculosis

Event location:   Waterfall Sanatorium ( Garrawarra Hospital ), Old Illawarra Hwy, Waterfall

Event date:   Thursday  17 May 1917

Funeral date? ? ?

Funeral location?

Buried at:  Waterfall General ( Garrawarra TB Hospital ) Cemetery, Old Illawarra Hwy, Waterfall

about 1 km south of Garrawarra Hospital and on the Eastern side of the road – about 10 mts off the road.

This Cemetery is TOTALLY derelict.

Grave location34°10’29.05″S   150°58’17.97″E

 Memorial located at?



[alert_yellow]JAMES is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance[/alert_yellow]  *NEED MORE INFO






May they forever Rest In Peace


Further information is required on this man, his working life and death.


19 May 2017


Leader (Orange, NSW : 1912 – 1922), Wednesday 23 May 1917, page 1

Constable James Forsythe, for the last twelve months attached to the Cobar police station, died at the Waterfall sanitorium last week. The late Constable Forsythe took ill in January, and was for a time an in-mate of the district hospital suffering from lung trouble, but on the advice of Dr. Connolly he went to Waterfall for special treatment, dying there as stated. He had been in the N.S.W. police force for three years, and was 26 years of age. We understand he was a native of Harwich, Scotland, where his mother and relatives reside.



Newcastle Morning Herald & Miner’s Advocate    Monday  21 May 1917   p4

Word has been received in Newcastle to the death of ex-Constable James Forsyth, who for some months had been an inmate of the Waterfall Sanatorium for Consumptives.  Mr. Forsyth, who was a native of Roseland, had been in the force about three years, and was for some time stationed in Newcastle, where he was held in much esteem by the officers and rank and file of the force.  he contracted a chill, and consumption, developed, and about twelve months ago he was transferred to Cobar in the hope that the drier atmosphere would assist him.  That was not the case, however, and he found it necessary to resign and enter the sanatorium where his death occurred on Thursday.



Western Age  ( Dubbo )   Friday  18 May 1917     p2

Constable James FORSYTHE

Constable James Forsythe, for the last twelve months attached to the Cobar police station, died at the Waterfall sanatorium on the 9th inst.

The late Constable Forsythe took ill early in January and was for a time an inmate of the district hospital suffering with lung trouble, but on the advise of Dr. Connolly he went to Waterfall for special treatment, dying there as stated.  He had been in the N.S.W. police force for three years, and was 26 years of age.  We understand he was a native of Harwick, Scotland, where his mother and relatives reside.



There are 5 James Forsythe’s recorded on NSWBDM database has having been born between 1869 – 1898
There are NO James FORSYTHE recorded on NSWBDM database as having died in NSW in 1917.
There is a John H. Forsythe  12815/1919 ( from Paddington )  &  John Forsythe  4357/1916 ( from Ulmarra ) but nothing for 1917.




Forgotten graves of TB victims uncovered

  • Julie Power


THE 2000 tuberculosis victims buried in Waterfall Cemetery south of Sydney were ”forgotten in life and forgotten in death”, said Wollongong’s lord mayor, Gordon Bradbery.

In life, these consumptives were cared for in NSW’s only purpose-built facility for TB victims, the Garrawarra Hospital for Consumptives.

A beautiful building with open-air wards on wide verandahs looking out to sea, the hospital opened in 1909 when the bacterial disease was the leading killer of Australian women, and very near that for men.

When patients were in the active phase of TB, they were isolated in fibro chalets, about the size of a garden shed. They either recovered or ended up in the cemetery a bit less than a kilometre away.

Today the cemetery looks like it has endured the battle of the eucalypts. Dead branches and foliage downed by wind and fire hide dangerous holes caused by subsidence under graves.

The cemetery ”dropped off the radar” after the last TB victim was buried in 1949, said Councillor Bradbery. For more than 60 years, the cemetery was neglected and apart from one highly polished grave site tended by Veterans Affairs, most of the remaining wooden and stone headstones have disappeared into the bush.

The council is now developing a conservation management plan for the cemetery, which Cr Bradbery said ”highlights the medical history of the 20th century, especially from 1909 when tuberculosis was for many a fatal illness”.

Explaining its neglect, he said, ”We thought Garrawarra people [NSW Department of Health] were responsible. And vice versa. As a result it was forgotten,” he said.

A Health Department spokeswoman, Cath Whitehurst, confirmed the cemetery is still on health department land, but the trusteeship and management were transferred to Wollongong in 1967.

It’s unclear what will happen to it. To restore the graves to their former glory would be expensive. There’s also the issue of access. Getting into the site requires permission from the NSW Ministry of Health to enter the Garrawarra Centre for the Aged, where 120 patients with Alzheimer’s live.

After visiting the cemetery for the first time, the mayor, a former chaplain with the Uniting Church, was reflective. ”People might think it is a sad thing that it [the cemetery] has been forgotten. But at the same time there is something quite powerful about the march of time and how nature will claim back those areas that have been cleared by human beings.

”They talk about resting in peace. Well, I tell you what, from my perspective they certainly are. It’s very peaceful.”

Ms Whitehurst said the Garrawarra Hospital buildings were boarded up for safety reasons, and there were no plans to restore or demolish the buildings. Visitors are discouraged from the hospital and cemetery.