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MR. THOMAS FORSYTH

The death occurred at Masterton last night of Mr. Thomas Forsyth, who was well known in Wellington for his long record of service as a member of various public bodies. He was 72 years old, and had been in poor health for the past year, . Mr. Forsyth was born in Dunedin and was educated at Dunedin schools and at'the Otago University. He joined Dodgshun and Company, woollen importers, Dunedin, in 1884, and when

The late Mr. T. Forsyth. that firm transferred its headquarters to Wellington in 1891, came up with them, and from. 1894.t0 1898 acted as manager. He accepted the position of accountant and secretary to Te Aro House Drapery Company Ltd., in 1898, was appointed assistant manager 1905, and general manager in 1914. He resigned in 1922 to practice the profession of a public accountant and he followed that profession until recent weeks.

Mr. Forsyth always took a keen, interest in education and he served on many educational bodies. For 16 years he held the position of chairman of the Wellington Education Board, and he was a member for 18 years-. During that time immense forward steps were taken in school affairs in the board's district. He gained his early experience in such matters as a member of the Clyde Quay school committee. At various times he was a member of the Technical College Board, the Wellington College Board, ai \ the Victoria College Council.

Mr. Forsyth was a member of the Wellington City Council, with one break, from 1911- to the time of his death. He served on all the principal committees and was for many years chairman of the works committee. He was nominated by the Civic- League for the Mayoralty in 1925, but retired in favour of Sir Charles Norwood, who was elected.

Entering the political field in 1922 Mr. Forsyth was defeated in a fourcornered contest in the Wellington East electorate, gaining second place in the poll. However, he won the seat at the 1925 election and held it until defeated by the Hon. R. Semple in 1928, and he was again defeated at the polls in 1931.

Other bodies on which Mr. Forsyth served were the advisory board of the New Zealand Federation of Drapers, the old Wellington Central Chamber of Commerce, the Wellington Repatriation Committee, and the directorate of the Y.M.CA. He was also secretary of the New Zealand Drapers' Association,

He was a member of the Cambridge Terrace Congregational Church, and for 42 years was treasurer. A life deacon of the church, he shared the duties of organist with Mr. J. Thawley. In recent years he became treasurer of the Congregational Church of New Zealand.

A fellow of the New Z land Cociety of Accountants, Mr. Forsyth was a past president of the 'Tew Zealand Accountants' and Auditors' Association.

In his younger days Mr, Forsyth was a prominent Rugby footballer, gaining representative provincial honours in both Otago and Wellington; For many years he was a very enthusiastic member of the Victoria Bowling Club.

Mr. Forsyth leaves one son, Dr. John Forsyth, Masterton, and three daughters, Misses Jean, Jessie, and Minnie Forsyth. Mr. Robert Forsyth,.; representative in London for the New Zealand Meat Board, is a brother.

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MR. THOMAS FORSYTH, Evening Post, Volume CXXXI, Issue 32, 7 February 1941

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MR. THOMAS FORSYTH Evening Post, Volume CXXXI, Issue 32, 7 February 1941

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