Harry Parsons was born in Andover and came to Southampton in 1904. He started a business, Parsons Engineering Company (also known as Parsons Motor Company) on Town Quay. He developed the first marine engine to use kerosene rather than petrol. He also worked on early cars and was a keen bicyclist, designing several models of bicycle. He was the Chair of Southampton Harbour Board for 21 years, covering the period of building the New Docks and the development of an air base. He was also a director of Southern Newspapers. He died in 1951, aged 79.

Harry Parsons on the "sociable" bicycle

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From the Southern Daily Echo, 17/02/1951

Newspaper clippings:

Death of Mr. Harry Parsons, J.P. - (Southern Daily Echo, 17/02/1951)


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