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Thomas Holt (1811 - 1888)

 

Biographical Note

Thomas Holt (1811-1888), wool merchant, financier and parliamentarian, was born at Horbury, Yorkshire, England, son of Thomas and Elizabeth Holt. Holt arrived in Sydney, with his wife Sophie, in 1842. Holt was a wool buyer, a magistrate and a prominent financier in Sydney. In 1850 he became a director of the Sydney Tramway and Railway Co. and between 1851 and 1880 he acquired interests in numerous NSW and QLD pastoral properties. In August 1861 he bought an estate, the Holt Sutherland Estate, extending from Botany Bay to Port Hacking and including Captain Cook's landing place where he erected an obelisk in the centenary year. The Holt-Sutherland Estate Land Co. Ltd., was formed in 1881 with a 56 year lease of the property. His son, Frederick Samuel Ellis Holt was managing trustee of his estate.

Thomas Holt was elected a member of the NSW Legislative Assembly for the seats of Stanley Boroughs (1856-1857) and Newtown (1861-1864). He was appointed a member of the NSW Legislative Council (1868-1883). Holt was Colonial Treasurer from June to August 1856. In 1881 Holt returned with his wife to England where he engaged in charitable works until his death in 1888. [ref:ADB 4]

 

Papers

Title

 Holt family - further papers, 1822-1965
 

Creator

Holt, Thomas, 1811 - 1888
 

Call No.

MLMSS 2170 ADD-ON 2030

Title

 Holt family - papers, 1861-1933
 

Creator

Holt, Thomas, 1811 - 1888
 

Call No.

MLMSS 2170

Political Service

House

Member of Legislative Assembly

Electorate

Stanley Boroughs 1856-1857
 

House

Member of Legislative Assembly

Electorate

Newtown 1861-1864
 

House

Member of Legislative Council 1868-1883
 
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