Innes Parris (c.1837 - 1924)

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Birthplace: Portugal
Death: Died in Thames, Thames-Coromandel District, Waikato, New Zealand
Managed by: Jason Lee Tomlinson
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Immediate Family

    • Jane
    • Joseph
    • Edward
    • Elizabeth
    • William
    • Annie
    • Mary Ann
    • Alice
    • Ennis
    • Sarah Jane
    • Dolphus
    • Thomas

About Innes Parris

Rescued from the sea: Rescued from the sea, Abt 1850, Motatapu Island. Joseph Hodgson ( married to Mary) picked up Innes from the shores of Motatapu Island in the Hauraki Gulf Auckland. A 13 year old Portuguese boy who, with his limited English told how he was a ships deserter and the terrible life he had at sea. Hodgson took him to his farm at Rocky Bay, Waiheke Island.

Innes worked on the farm and sat in on lessons with the Hodgson children taught by Mary. When the Government boat came into the bay Innes was hidden in a hollow tree until it departed. Jane the eldest daughter married Innes(17 July 1861) and after farming for a short time in the Rocky Bay area they purchased Cowes Bay on the Southern end of the Island and moved over there.

Joseph Hodgson died on the 24th June 1895 through complications and shock from being run over by a horse and dray. The death certificate shows his father to be William Hodgson.

Marriage: Innes and Jane Married, 17 Jul 1861, Freemans Bay Auckland.

Cowes Bay Post and Hotel: Cowes Bay, Waiheke Island, Auckland, New Zealand. Innes and Jane farmed in the Rocky Bay area for a short time and then brought Cowes Bay which they owned from 1865 to 1906 and built the Hotel (abt 1890) and had operated the Post Office there since 1886. The area became very popular and in the early 1900's became the site for the Auckland Anniversary regatta.

Paul Monan's book "Waiheke Island a History" has photo's of Cowes Bay with steamers tied end on against each other having carried the crowds from Auckland for a day of boat racing and family enjoyment.

Innes marries Berta Everson, Jan 1887. In January 1887 Innes marries Bertha Everson of Sweden (see Berta Everson). They remained at Cowes Bay and promoted the holiday resort in the New Zealand Herald 21 & 22 January 1896 as "The best holiday resort in the province" (also refer page 176 "Waiheke Island a History" by Paul Monin).

Innes sold Cowes Bay 1906 and little is known of him until becoming the publican at the Golcondal Hotel Coromandel from 1912 to 1914. He died in Thames (his daughter Mary ann also lived there) 8 Dec 1924.

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