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Harry Andreas (born Ehenriech Phillip Andreas 1879 – 1955)[3] was an Australian businessman and company director. As a big-game fisherman he pioneered the sport in New Zealand.[4] He was the inventor of the Andreas Fortuna Game Fish Reel and is described in the 1935 edition of Who's Who in Australia as being of "Independent Means".[3]

Harry Andreas
Died21 May 1955[2]
EducationNewington College
Known forBig-game fishing
Spouse(s)Alice May (née Burton)
Children2 daughters & 2 sons
Parent(s)Hanna (née Denning) and Phillip Andreas
Clive Evatt QC (1900 – 1984)
Elizabeth Evatt AC
Penelope Seidler AM and
Clive Evatt Jnr

Birth and educationEdit

Harry Andreas was born in Sydney, the first son of Australian-born Hannah (née Denning) and English-born Phillip Ehenriech Andreas. His younger brother, Charles Denning Andreas (1880 – 1882), died as an infant.[5] During his childhood, the Andreas family lived in Palace Street, Petersham, New South Wales.[3] Andreas was educated at Newington College (1891–1895)[6] where he was a talented sportsman and shot.[7] In 1893, he competed in the Queen’s Rifle Shoot at Bisley, England whilst still at Newington.[8]


From his earliest years out of school, Andreas is notable as a sportsman with his activities chronicled by the Sydney Morning Herald and other newspapers.

Leura and KirribilliEdit

Leuralla – the Andreas family home in Leura

Leuralla was Andreas's house in Leura. In 1903 a house was built on the current site but was destroyed by bushfire in 1909. Between 1910 and 1914 the present house was built and is a notable example of an early 20th Century holiday residence for a wealthy family.[9] The property is still owned by the family and now houses a toy and railway museum.[10] Andreas also maintained a family residence on Sydney Harbour at Elamang Avenue, Kirribilli.

Inventor and businessmanEdit

In 1905, Andreas Applied to the Commonwealth Commissioner of Patents to register his improvements to an acetylene generator.[11] Only 46 of his "Fortuna Reel Andreas Pat. No 123405/18 & 19 Ex Wide" were produced between 1934 and 1936 and one was sold at auction in London on 14 July 2012 for £5,200.[12] His friend and fellow Old Newingtonian, George Harker, was the inventor of a patented system of extinguishing fires at sea and fumigation[13] and in 1908 when the Harker FIre Extinguisher and Fumlgator Company was formed Andreas became a director.[14]

Royal connectionsEdit

Queen Elizabeth II arriving in Leura for her visit to Leuralla

During the 1927 Royal Tour of Australasia, Andreas acted as a fishing guide for The Duke and Duchess of York (later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth) in the Bay of Islands.[15] Whilst her parents were fishing with Andreas the young Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II) was at home in London but during the 1954 Royal Visit to Australia, Andreas welcomed Her Majesty and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh as guests at Leuralla.[16]

Old NewingtonianEdit

From as early as 1906, Andreas was the Country Vice-President in Leura for the Old Newingtonians' Union (ONU) and he continued to serve in that position until his death in 1955.[17] Andreas presented annually a Hardy Brothers medal to the Newington College boy who was the highest scorer in the AAGPS shooting competition. From 1956 until 1969 the Andreas Medal continued to be presented in his honour by the ONU.[18] In 1994 the Andreas Medal was funded in perpetuity by his grandchildren.[19]

Family and deathEdit

In 1902, Andreas married Alice May Burton, the daughter of William Henry Burton[20] of Leicester, England.[3] The marriage produced two sons and two daughters:[21] Marjorie, Mrs. Clive Evatt;[22] Phillip Andreas; Lucy, Mrs. Erling Aargaard;[23] and William Andreas. Alice Andreas died, aged 73, in Leura in 1952.[24] Harry Andreas died in Bowral, New South Wales, survived by his four children.[2] His current great-great grandchildren are Annie Sergi, Matthew Sergi, William Andreas, and Arabella Andreas.


  1. ^ BD&Ms – NSW Births. Retrieved 8 September 2012
  2. ^ a b BD&Ms – NSW Deaths. Retrieved 8 September 2012
  3. ^ a b c d Who's who in Australia, 1935 : biographical sketches and photos of representative commercial, professional, financial, pastoral, and business men of Australia, Sydney, 1935, retrieved 10 December 2013
  4. ^ "Much Tenacity and Skill Required". The Sydney Morning Herald. National Library of Australia. 20 February 1940. p. 6 Supplement: Women's Supplement. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  5. ^ BD&Ms – NSW Deaths. Retrieved 8 September 2012
  6. ^ Newington College Register of Past Students 1863–1998 (Syd, 1999) pp 4
  7. ^ The Newingtonian 1992 (Syd, 1992) pp 237
  8. ^ Australian Fishing Museum Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  9. ^ "NSW Heritage Branch – Leuralla, Garage, Outbuilding, Amphitheatre and Gardens". NSW Government. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  10. ^ New South Wales Toy & Railway Museum. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  11. ^ "APPLICATIONS BY INVENTORS". The Argus. Melbourne: National Library of Australia. 28 January 1905. p. 17. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  12. ^ "_ex_wide.html Mollock's – LOT 300 – REEL: Hardy Fortuna Andrea's Patent 9" Ex Wide. 8 September 2012.
  13. ^ Collection of Booklets about the Harker Patent Fire Extinguisher and Fumigator. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  14. ^ "NOTES AND COMMENTS". The Sydney Morning Herald. National Library of Australia. 2 September 1908. p. 11. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  15. ^ "ROYAL ANGLERS". The Register. Adelaide: National Library of Australia. 25 February 1927. p. 9. Retrieved 1 September 2012.
  16. ^ Leuralla – Guests Archived 24 July 2013 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  17. ^ "OLD NEWINGTONIAN'S UNION". The Sydney Morning Herald. National Library of Australia. 1 October 1906. p. 3. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  18. ^ Newington Across the Years, A History of Newington College 1863 – 1998 (Syd, 1999) pp 347
  19. ^ Newington College Register of Past Students 1863–1998 (Syd, 1999) Part 2 – The Lists
  20. ^ "MR. W. H. BURTON". The Sydney Morning Herald. National Library of Australia. 10 July 1931. p. 16. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  21. ^ BD&Ms – NSW Births. Retrieved 8 September 2012
  22. ^ "Family Notices". The Sydney Morning Herald. National Library of Australia. 30 January 1928. p. 5. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  23. ^ "BRIDAL GOWNS OF MANY SHADES". The Sydney Morning Herald. National Library of Australia. 30 December 1936. p. 7. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  24. ^ "DEATH OF MRS. E. P. ANDREAS". The Sydney Morning Herald. National Library of Australia. 3 November 1952. p. 4. Retrieved 8 September 2012.