Mr Thomas HOLT (1811 - 1888)**

  • Date of Birth: 14/11/1811
  • Place of Birth: Horbury, Yorkshire, England
  • Date of Death: 05/09/1888
  • Place of Death: 'Halcot' at Bexley, Kent, England

Parliamentary Service

PositionStartEndPeriodNotes
Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly7 Apr 185610 Nov 18648yr(s) 7mth(s) 4day(s)
Member of the NSW Legislative Council13 Oct 18686 Dec 188315yr(s) 1mth(s) 24day(s)
Life Appointment under the Constitution Act. Date of Writ of Summons 28 September 1868
Member for Stanley Boroughs7 Apr 18566 Jun 18562mth(s)
1st (1856 - 1857)
Member for Stanley Boroughs23 Jun 185619 Dec 18571yr(s) 5mth(s) 27day(s)
1st (1856 - 1857)
Member for Newtown12 Jul 186110 Nov 18643yr(s) 3mth(s) 30day(s)
4th (1860 - 1864)
Colonial Treasurer6 Jun 185625 Aug 18562mth(s) 20day(s)
Governor General's Opening Speech23 May 185623 May 18561day
1st (1856 - 1857)
Customs Department Committee No.1531 Oct 185618 Mar 18574mths 16days
1st (1856 - 1857)
Native Police Force Committee No.178 Nov 185618 Mar 18574mths 11days
1st (1856 - 1857)
Native Police Force Committee No.178 Nov 185618 Mar 18574mths 11days
1st (1856 - 1857)
Australian Gas Company’s Light Bill Committee No.1613 Nov 185718 Dec 18571mth 6days
1st (1856 - 1857)
Reverend W.B Clarke Committee No.620 Sep 186120 Jan 18624mths 1day
4th (1860 - 1864)
Benevolent Asylum, Sydney Committee No.827 Sep 186120 Jan 18623mths 25days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Presbyterian Church Temporalities Act of 1837 Committee No.171 Nov 186120 Jan 18622mths 20days
4th (1860 - 1864)
System of Railway Locomotion proposed by Mr E.Bell Committee No.1812 Nov 186120 Jan 18622mths 9days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Land Titles Declaration Bill Committee No.811 Jun 186220 Dec 18626mths 10days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Liverpool and London Fire and Life Insurance Company’s Bill Committee No.1020 Jun 186227 Jun 18628days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Customs Bill Committee No.1126 Jun 186220 Dec 18625mths 25days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Pawnbrokers Bill Committee No.353 Oct 186220 Dec 18622mths 18days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Fisheries Protection Bill Committee No.3817 Oct 186220 Dec 18622mths 4days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Payments made out of Public Funds without Authority of Parliament Committee No.426 Jun 186318 Aug 18631mth 24days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Commercial Banking Company’s Act Amendment Bill No.1411 Aug 186314 Aug 18634days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Parnell’s Trust Bill Committee No.1911 Sep 186325 Sep 186315days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Mineral Land selected by the Honourable Arthur Todd Holroyd Committee No.391 Apr 186421 Apr 186421days
4th (1860 - 1864)

Community Activity

Member of Council of Education 1873 - 1876; Founder of Royal Prince Alfred Hospital . Joined Commission of Fisheries in 1880. Vice President of Agricultural Society of New South Wales. Member of Royal Society of New South Wales. Commissioner for exhibitions at Philadelphia 1876, Paris 1878, Amsterdam 1883.


Qualifications, occupations and interests

Company director; pastoralist. Educated at Pontrefact and Wakefield. Entered fathers business in Leeds. After 3 years moved to London as a wool buyer. Arrived in Sydney on 16 November 1842, dissolving the partnership. Successful wool buyer, invested in property, farmed near Liverpool. Director of gold mining, insurance and railway companies. Acquired pastoral interests with others totalling 3 million acres in New South Wales and Queensland from 1851 - 1880. Retired from business as a wool buyer in 1854 however, retained pastoral interest and most directorships.


Personal

Son of Thomas Holt, wool merchant, and his wife Elizabeth Ellis. Married on 20 March 1841 in Berlin to Johanna Maria Charlotte (Sophie) Eulert, daughter of Frederich Eulert, a German merchant, and had issue 3 sons and 3 daughters. Active Congregationalist. Supported Salvation Army.


Additional Information

Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 4 H. E. Holt, An Energetic Colonist, Melbourne, 1972 Personal papers in the Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales: Holt family - papers, 1861 - 1933 (MLMSS 2170); photographs in the PICMAN Database.