MARY INNES

BUSINESS HALL OF FAME

Inducted 2018 (posthumous)

Mary Jane Lewis was born on a farm in Llanvaches, Wales on 18 April 1852. She immigrated to New Zealand with her older brother and sister in 1870, after their parents died. 
Mary owned and operated Te Awamutu Brewery from 1877 (with her husband), and Waikato Breweries from 1889. In widowhood she launched the successful C. L. Innes and Company, in partnership with her eldest son Charles Lewis Innes. She turned the company over to two of her sons in 1912. The Innes brewing and bottling businesses not only produced alcoholic beverages, but 'aerated waters,' thus making a start to the soft-drink industry in New Zealand.

 

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