Newman Hollis was born circa 1816 in Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom to John Hollis (c1770-1856) and Elizabeth Horton (1779-) and died 15 October 1911 in Pappinbarra Creek, Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia of unspecified causes. He married Martha Kirk (c1815-1884) 24 November 1833 in Drayton Parslow, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom.

He arrived in Sydney, New South Wales on 11 July 1844 on the St Vincent.


Offspring of Newman Hollis and Martha Kirk (c1815-1884)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Mary Anne Hollis (1834-c1868)
Elizabeth Hollis (c1836-1929)
Robert Hollis (c1838-1913)
Susanna Hollis (1841-1905)
Kell Edward Hollis (c1843-c1844)
Sarah Jane Hollis (c1844-1884) 1844 England, United Kingdom 28 January 1884 Upper Hastings River, New South Wales, Australia William Cameron (1838-1904)

John Hollis (1846-1846)
George Hollis (1847-1905) 29 March 1847 Yarrowitch, New South Wales, Australia 20 June 1905 Kindee, New South Wales, Australia Harriett Louise Coombes (1848-1927)

Joseph Hollis (1849-1932)
Newman Hollis (1851-1910)
Eliza Ann Hollis (1855-1920)
William Hollis (1857-1929) 23 April 1857 Kindee, Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia 5 August 1929 Ellenborough, New South Wales, Australia Mary Anne Kirkman (1860-1889)
Soveina Kirkman (1871-1920)

Alice Maria Hollis (1860-1865)



The oldest resident ot the Hastings River passed away on Sunday last at his residence, Pappinbarra Creek, in the person of Mr. Newman Hollis, senr., at the remarkable age of 100 years. The deceased was born in England, and arrived in the State about 70 years ago. He was married in the old country, and brought his wife and three children out here with him. He came to this district soon after landing, and engaged in the strenuous work which fell to the lot of the early colonists. Much of his life was engaged in the carrying trade, per medium of the bullock dray, which was the chief means of transport in the pre-railway days. Mr. Hollis' wife died many years ago. His eldest surviving son is Mr. 'Bob' Hollis, aged 75 years, of Tacking Point. We hope, to publish fuller details of the old gentleman's career in our next issue.

The Port Macquarie News and Hastings River Advocate, 21 October 1911, page 4

Mr Newman Hollis, who was probably the oldest individual in the commonwealth died at Pappinbarra, near Port Macquarie on Saturday last. Deceased was 107 years old, and had been in the Colony since infancy. He was a native of Buckinghamshire, England. Up to within six months ago he used to ride about the bush looking after his cows and at times would talk of incidents in the early days of his life. He had been a widower for a great many years. He left a large number of descendants.

Singleton Argus, 21 October 1911, page 4

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  • HOLLIS.—On Sunday morning last, at 6 a.m., at Cowal, Pappinbarra Creek, Newman Hollis, Snr., entered into rest, aged 100 years.
The Port Macquarie News and Hastings River Advocate, 21 October 1911, page 5