by their descendants.
The story of: Crew Member, Second Officer John Parry
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Excerpt from The Wreck of the Sailing Ship Netherby by Don Charlwood.
Parry had earned a niche in Australia's history of immigration by sail. It is good to know that his efforts were at least recognised in the Netherby's home port of Liverpool. He was presented there with a marine sextant in a brassbound rosewood case. In time this passed to his daughter, Mrs A Bird, then living in Melbourne. In the 1930s it was stolen from her. Possibly it was pawned, for it later came into the possession of a captain with the McIlwraith McEacharn Line. Although he learnt of its theft from Mrs Bird, he refused to part with it; however he sent her the inscribed silver plate from the case. In a letter to the King Island News of April 1st 1969, she quoted to inscription from it:
Presented by the Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Society to Mr John B. H. Parry, Second Officer of the ship Netherby of Liverpool for his Gallant and Distinguished Services in materially assisting to save 450 persons, the Passengers and Crew of that ship wrecked in Fitzmaurice Bay King's Island, Bass Straits, 14 July 1866.
5 October 1940, The Argus, Melbourne
From the Netherby discussion forum May 2015:
My name is Joanne and my great great grandfather was John Parry, the second officer on the Netherby. His daughter, Lucy Parry married my great grandfather, Ely Richard Lumb and their son was Eli Richard Parry Lumb who married Eileen Thompson. Their son, Richard was my father.