Mystery solved – Sidney Guinness, the “unknown” guest

On page 309 of the book is a picture of Guinness family members attending a reception held for Viscount Boyd, in Wellington, in September 1964, to mark the launch of Guinness brewed at Tui Brewery in Mangatainoka. One of the guests is described in the caption as “unknown”, after reasonably determined but unsuccessful research among family members to identify the gentleman. He was the only person in any picture in the book so described. Then almost predictably at a meeting of family members and Rosalie Liddle Crawford of the “Weekend Sun” soon after the books arrived in Tauranga, Paul Guinness, of Omokoroa, produced family papers which included a newspaper clipping showing the “unknown” guest clearly identified. Sidney Guinness and his brother Jack came to Tauranga with their brothers and sisters, mother Jessie and step-father John Green in 1908 (see p. 191 in the book). John bought a liquor business for Sidney and Jack which later branched out into farm implements and electrical appliances.

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