MINNIS, John Egbert

John Egbert Minnis
 Jones' Corner, North
Avon Road, Richmond, Christchurch

born 1875 London, England

reg. as John Minnis Jun 1875 at St George Hanover Square, London, vol. 1a page 356
son of Phyllis Poulter and her husband James Egbert Minnis of London
died 13 November 1934 Auckland aged 59 years (3), reg. 1934/16617
buried 15 November 1934 Waikumete Cemetery, Auckland, Nonconformist Division E Row 5, Plot 54

married 18 May 1897 at St Michael's Church, Christchurch, NZ
by the Rev. A. W. Averill, witnessed by James Barford and Mabel Lilian Barford
Thirza Rachel Barford
(her brother was the photographer Cecil James Barford)

born 28 August 1876 Rangiora, Canterbury, NZ, reg. 1876/13194
daughter of Emily Raymond Culliford and her husband James Barford (1), (2), storekeeper, Rangiora
baptised 17 October 1876 St John's Church, Rangiora

died 1 April 1939 Oamaru aged 77 years, reg. 1954/23398
buried Oamaru Old Cemetery - Anglican, block 212 plot 21

 Star, Issue 5881, 26 May 1897, page 2
This notice incorrectly shows John Egbert Minnis was the son of John Egbert Minnis.

she married 2ndly
 7 February 1923, reg. 1923/1460
John Malton Murray
 in the 1920s and 1930s he was a well known prohibitionist and General Secretary of the New Zealand Alliance.

died 10 June 1963 Oamaru, aged 84 years, reg. 1963/41332 

1. Dorothy Thirza Minnis born 15 March 1898, reg. 1898/5512, baptised 5 May 1898 at St Michael's Church, Christchurch, died 29 March 1902 Auckland aged 4 years, 1902/2500. 

New Zealand Herald, Volume XXXIX, Issue 11928, 1 April 1902, page 1

2. Trevor Mervyn Minnis (electrician) born 29 November 1903, reg. 1903/8959, died 21 April 1926 at Hastings as the result of a motor cycle accident in his 22nd year, buried 23 April 1926 Karori Cemetery, Wellington, Section Public 2, plot number 471 K, record number 75313

3. Zoe Ena Minnis (Mrs Pringle of Kaura Hill, R.D. Oamaru) born 1 November 1905, reg. 1905/21305, died 13 January 1969 aged 63 years, reg. 1969/27665, buried Oamaru Old Cemetery - Catholic, block 168 plot 18, married 3 June 1930, reg. 1930/4742,  John Oliver Pringle, born circa 1898, reg. 1898/5987 son of Bridget Sammon and her husband James Pringle,  died circa 1968 aged 70 years, reg. 1968/36197,  buried Oamaru Old Cemetery - Catholic, block 168 plot 18.

June 1896

D. Mahoney v. J. Minnis and J. C. Barford, claim £2 12s 6d, for wages due, and one week's wages in lieu of notice. Mr Caygill appeared for the plaintiff. Judgment was given for the plaintiff for £1 9s 2d.
Star, Issue 5598, 23 June 1896, page 3

Mahoney v Minnis and Barford, claim £2. 12s 6d for wages as a photographer's assistant. Mr Caygill appeared for the plaintiff, for whom judgment went for £1 9s 2d, with costs.
Press, Volume LIII, Issue 9452, 25 June 1896, page 3

Kumara Times, Volume XXXIII, Issue 7973, 12 November 1896


December 1896

Mr T. E. Price, who has been in business in Masterton for a great number of years, has just sold his photographic business to Mr J. E. Minnis, [John Egbert Minnis] of Christchurch. Mr Minnis is looked upon as being in the front rank of his profession. He has [he claimed] extensive business premises in Christchurch and other parts of the Colony. He is a young, energetic business man and we feel quite sure that his Masterton venture will prove a success.
Wairarapa Daily Times, Volume XVI, Issue 5519, 28 December 1896, Page 2

DRINK AND COMPLICATIONS. John Egbert Minnis was charged with being intoxicated and with procuring liquor during the currency of a prohibition order. He was fined 10s, in default 49 hours' imprisonment for the first offence, and £1, in default 14 days, on the second. His wife, Thirza Rachel Minnis, applied for a separation order on the ground that he was an habitual inebriate and failed to maintain her and their two children. A separation order was granted and he was ordered to contribute £1 a week, complainant to have custody of the two children.
Press, Volume LXVII, Issue 14140, 5 September 1911, page 2

(Before Mr. F. V. Frazer, S.M.) ... James [sic] Egbert Minnis for breaking his prohibition order, was fined 40/-, in default seven days.
Auckland Star, Volume XLVIII, Issue 165, 12 July 1917, page 4

SEPARATED FOR ELEVEN YEARS. Mr. J. Hanna appeared on behalf of Thirza Rachel Minnis, who asked the Court to grant a dissolution of her marriage with John Egbert Minnis. The ground was the separation of the parties. Petitioner said she was married on 18th May, 1897 at Christchurch, and there were two children. In 1911, on account of the respondent's drunkenness, she obtained a separation order against her husband. Since 1911, witness said she had not seen her husband. His Honour granted a decree nisi, to be made absolute in three months.
Evening Post, Volume CIV, Issue 106, 1 November 1922, page 8

Funeral Notice. Herald, 15th November 1934.
On November 13th 1934, at a Private Hospital, John Egbert Minnis, of George Street, Mt Eden. Private interment from Watney Sibun and Sons Chapel, Newmarket.

(1) Star, Issue 5881, 26 May 1897, page 2
(2) Barford-Culliford:— March 30, [1869],at St Michael's Christchurch, by the Rev. the Dean, James Barford, of Rangiora, to Emily Culliford, late of Melbourne, Victoria.
Lyttelton Times, Volume XXXI, Issue 2569, 31 March 1869, page 2
(3) Registration of Death incorrectly gives age as 62 years

Births Mar 1849   (>99%)
Minnis     James Egbert           Farnham     4    187      Scan available - click to view

Marriages Jun 1872
Minnis     James Egbert           St. Geo. H. Sq     1a    657
POULTER     Phillis           St. Geo. H. Sq. 1a    657
Poulter     Phyllis           St Geo H Sq     1a    657

Deaths Jun 1891
Minnis     James Egbert     42     Wandsworth     1d    477

Event Type     Census
Event Date     1871
Event Place     St George Hanover Square, London, Middlesex, England
Enumeration District     13
Gender     Male
Age     22
Marital Status     Unmarried
Occupation     Mercer
Relationship to Head of Household     Lodger
Birth Year (Estimated)     1849
Birthplace     Frimley, Surrey
Entry Number     13
Affiliate Image Identifier     GBC/1871/0106/0048

Name     James Egbert Minnis
Gender     Male
Christening Date     04 Feb 1849
Christening Place     Frimley, Surrey, England
Father's Name     John Minnis
Mother's Name     Unice

Deaths Jun 1892   (>99%)
Minnis     Phillis     40     Wandsworth     1d    384

J & J Minnis

History records that J & J Minnis was founded in 1874 by Mr. James Egbert Minnis, the infant business being located at 40, Warwick Street, London W1. The following ten years saw the business relocate to larger premises at 37 Glasshouse Street, London W1 and also the partnership with Mr John Minnis being formed, thereby bringing a true definition to the company of J & J Minnis.

By 1901 London’s Savile Row was firmly established as the world’s most prestigious street for gentlemen’s clothing and during the early part of 1902 J & J Minnis had taken up residence at 16 Savile Row where they were to spend sixty four prosperous years.

In 1906 the company acquired a Russian Director as it developed a large trade with the Russian Imperial Court and, in particular, the tailors to the aristocracy. This trade flourished until the revolution of 1917.

By 1919 J & J Minnis was developing a growing reputation in Japan for its luxury fabrics and fine designs. It is widely believed that J & J Minnis was the first London cloth merchant to introduce Savile Row quality cloth into the Japanese market.

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