Convictism at Port Arthur and the Aboriginals were conspicuous among his interests, but he gathered and dealt in all kinds of material (including gossip).
University of Tasmania Fine Arts Committee, Captain Haughton Forrest, exhibition catalogue (Tas, 1976); Hobart Town Gazette, 25 June, 23 July 1877, , 15, ; Art and Australia, 14 (Spring 1976), no 2; Mercury (Hobart), ; Argus (Melbourne), ; Australasian (Melbourne), ; Canberra Times, .
More on the resources, Volume 8, Melbourne University Press, 1981, pp 543-544.
He was appointed the colony’s official photographer in 1896, and thereafter worked hard in support of tourism.
His own illustrated lectures had much success, and he prepared sets of slides (with solid, informed commentary) for wider distribution.
His work included framed prints, postcards, lantern-slides and albums, and was the basis for a popular and pleasing set of Tasmanian pictorial stamps (in print 1899-1912).
On the barrel in the foreground is the signature “Forrest” Date: ca 1880- 1890.
A self-portrait, in military uniform, under-taken in his early years, is in a private collection in Hobart.In 1852 he obtained a commission in the Honourable Artillery Company of London; he later joined the 31st Royal Monmouth Light Infantry, but resigned after attaining the rank of captain to work for the Post Office in London.On 30 September 1858 at the Plymouth parish church, Devon, he married a widow, Susan Henrietta Bunce, née Somerville (d.1893).It is only recently that there has been a strong demand for his paintings.Forrest died on 20 January 1925 at Melton Mowbray, leaving only a modest estate and survived by two daughters and one of his two sons.His museum of art and artefacts became one of Hobart’s sights and showed his enthusiasm for local history.