Thanks to Harrisville Lions Club





Clan Forsyth Queensland – Cemetery Project.

Opened – 6th June 2015


All Clan Forsyth Queensland conducted an official ceremony to mark the completion of Clan project to be held at 11.00 am on Saturday 6th June, 2015 at the cemetery ground near Harrisville.

At this ceremony the contribution of the Harrisville Lions Club was warmly acknowledged in their assistance with this project in the form of providing concrete for the laying of a slab for the new toilet block and the surrounding area.

Peak Crossing and Harrisville District Project Details

Harrisville Cemetery Project

The Clan Forsyth Society of Australia (Queensland Branch) is pleased to advise that the project that we commenced early in 2014 to provide a Toilet Facility and a Water Bubbler at the Cemetery has now been completed. 

Cemetery 1

Water Bubbler at existing shade shelter and new Toilet block looking North



Apart from the Clan Forsyth Society, the main contributors were:

  • Scenic Rim Regional Council – (Community Grants Program)
  • Harrisville Lions Club – (Foundation slab)
  • The Smith / Dunn 2014 Family Reunion Harrisville – (Donations)
  • Geoffrey Forsyth of ‘Ashwood Grove’ Peak Crossing – (Earthworks)
  • Harrisville Cemetery Trust – (Plumbing installation expenses)
  • Scenic Rim Regional Council Community Trees Initiative 2015 – (Trees supplied at site)
  • Ron Smith – (Sand and gravel)
  • Greg Mitchell – (Deco Granite Supply)
  • Rob Kerkin – (Licensed Builder)
  • Greg Brown – (Soil test and design)
  • Jason Smith – (Plumber)
Cemetery 2

Looking South with shade trees newly planted – March 16th 2015

Funds Raised Over 39 Years

Most of the members of our Clan in Queensland are descendants of six brothers who arrived with their wives and children from Ireland during the mid 1850’s onward. Consequently, as for a lot of the other pioneer families, quite a number are resting in peace in this historic cemetery.

We recognised that a lot of dedicated work had been done by the local community in recent years and felt it would be appropriate that we also make a contribution. The funds provide by the Clan have been contributed by the current members as well as those that have gone before over the last 39 years. All of these members are, or would be, pleased to see a worthwhile and appropriate use of those funds. This project has provided a handicapped standards compliant dry composting toilet facility at the cemetery for the convenience of all visitors and mourners.

The Clan Forsyth Society of  Australia wishes to acknowledge the members of Harrisville Cemetery Sub-Committee who contributed to the successful completion of this project, under the direction  of Gordon Forsyth as Sub-Committee Chairman.

The sub-committee consisted of the following Clan Members :

  • Rob Kerkin (Sub-Committee member and Licensed Builder)
  • Beth Forsyth (Sub-Committee Historian)
  • Carol Forsyth (Sub-Committee Secretary)
  • Gordon Forsyth (Sub-Committee Chairman)

 Sub-Committee Reports

The following reports have now been made available for the benefit of all Clan Members and any other interested person. The completion and handover of this important project, mean that the Harrisville Cemetery Sub-Committee, comprising of the the above listed Clan Members, has now been dissolved. Their works will however continue to server the community of Harrisville and Peak Crossing for many years to come along with the appreciation of their efforts.

The project’s final report and total expenditure provided by Gordon Forsyth, as Sub-Committee Chairman.


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