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The children of Henry and Catherine Holland

Henry Charles Holland, dad’s father, was born 9th June 1878 and migrated to Australia with his mother and 3 siblings. Marion, Elizabeth and Grace. Henry Charles’s father had come earlier some time between 1883 and 1885, when he sponsored his family to join him. He was listed as a Ship’s Steward in the Middlesex Census or 1881, so it’s possible he may have arrived in Australia as a crew member,.

The family arrived in Sydney aboard the Energia, when Henry Charles was 8 years old. His mother, Catherine (Sawford)Holland Married: St Philip, Battersea, Wandsworth, England on 1 Jun 1873. She was aged 21)

Henry Charles is buried in Wentworth, as according to his grandson, John Vincent (Grace’s son) “It was Hilda who didn’t want him to be buried with his first wife Rose in Cobar and that is why he is buried in Wentworth. It is disappointing to think there are still people like that today. “

Also buried with their parents, is Elizabeth Leticia Rose Holland. She was HC’s sister, born 16th Nov 1881 (later known as Rose Dunstan) Her father was identified as “Mariner in the Trumbly Service”. She had an interesting life, becoming a nurse and joining the AIF in 1917, towards the end of the war. She only married late in life, to Edwin CF Dunstan in Sydney 1934 Reg. No. 369/1934. Rose died in 1956 in the district of Marrickville. Reg.No. 30327/1956.

I have very little information on Henry Charles’ early life with his siblings, though we did meet two of his Aunts in Cobar when we were small. I believe they were his Aunts Grace and Addie (Adelaide) *** photos to add

Henry Charles and his siblings

The children of Henry Henry Holland (8.7.1851)  and Catherine Holland Catherine Holland (8.11.1849)

Marrion (Marion) Catherine  born 27.12.1873 died 1943 (Ingram?)

Henry Charles born 9.6.1878 died 1956  (granddad)

Elizabeth Leticia Rose (Dunstan) born 16.11.1880 died 1956

Grace Hannah (Collingburn) born 4.8.1882 died 1976

Herbert George born 30.12.1889 died 1958 (father of Keith Holland, fighter pilot)

Maude Lilian (Garroway) born 6.5.1891 died 1970

Adelaide (Addie) Gladys (Hickford) born 27.2.1894 died 1975

Alfred William born 3.5.1887 (1897?) died 1972

Elizabeth Letitia Rose Holland

Elizabeth was the 3rd child, one of the four who arrived in Australia in 1886 with their mother

Elizabeth Holland Dunstan to her brother and sister in law

Baptism Record

Name: Elizabeth Letitia Rose Holland
Gender: Female
Record Type: Baptism
Baptism Date: 2 Feb 1883
Baptism Place: All Saints, Poplar, Tower Hamlets, England
Father: Henry Holland
Mother: Catherine Holland
Register Type: Parish Register

Birth officially recorded as 1880

Name: Elizabeth Letitia R Holland
Registration Date: 1880
Quarter of the Year: Oct-Nov-Dec, as the April 1881 Census recorded her age as 4 months.
Registration Place: Wandsworth, London, England
Parishes for this Registration District: View Ecclesiastical Parishes associated with this Registration District
Volume: 1d
Page: 697

in the Australia, World War I Service Records, 1914-1920

Rose enlisted in 1917. This is her enlistment record.

Name: Elizabeth Letitia Rose Holland
Age: 36
Birth Year: abt 1878
Birth Place: Wentworth, New South Wales Not correct, she was born in Wandsworth, London, England
Dossier Year Range: 1914-1920
Rank: Staff Nurse
Mother: Catherine Holland

Rose married Edwin Dunstan when she was 53. Edwin arrived in Australia on the SS Ballarat, alone, aged 37, so he would have been around 47 when he married Rose. He was listed as a salesman and was previously married in 1919 in England.  His first wife’s name was Nellie Lilian Bartholomew and she died in Dec 1923.  Rose died 4th October 1956 and is buried with her parents and her brother Henry Charles in Wentworth.


Name: Elizabeth L R Holland
Marriage Date: 1934
Marriage Place: Sydney, New South Wales
Registration Date: 1934
Registration Place: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Spouse: Edwin C F Dunstan
Registration Number: 369

  Death and Burial Record

NAME: Rose Dunstan
GENDER: Female
DEATH DATE: 4 Oct 1956
DEATH PLACE: Wentworth Shire, New South Wales, Australia
CEMETERY: Wentworth Cemetery
BURIAL OR CREMATION PLACE: Wentworth, Wentworth Shire, New South Wales, Australia
FATHER: Henry Holland
MOTHER: Catherine Holland

Keith Ross Holland

Like four of Henry Charles’s sons, his brother Herbert’s son Keith Ross Holland served in WW2, but was lost over Germany in 1944. was a flying officer in a photographic reconnaissance unit. (Link War Service for dad and his brothers & Uncle Carl)

This photo of Keith Holland was also in Aunty Helens things along with a newspaper piece about him. He was a Flying Officer during WW2 and was killed in Action over Germany, 27 October 1944. Keith was dad’s first cousin. Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour:

And from Trove:

Flying Officer Keith Ross Holland, of Curlwaa (Vic.), has received the Distinguished Flying Cross.

This is the Information from the Australian War Memorial in Canberra about Keith Ross Holland.

Here are the details of a photograph of Keith:

From around March 1944.


Portrait of 410234 Flying Officer (FO) Keith Ross Holland DFC, RAAF, 540 Squadron RAF, born in Wentworth, NSW, at RAF Station Benson. FO Holland, a surveyor and civil engineer before enlisting in Melbourne on 5 December 1941, embarked for training in Canada under the Empire Air Training Scheme on 23 June 1942, arriving in the UK on 27 March 1943. After service with the RAF’s 543 Squadron, a photographic reconnaissance unit flying Spitfire aircraft, he underwent conversion training to fly Mosquito aircraft and joined No. 540 Squadron RAF, another photographic reconnaissance unit, on 28 October 1943. He flew reconnaissance missions from RAF Benson, Oxfordshire, and, between November 1943 and February 1944, from RAF Leuchars in Scotland. While based at RAF Leuchars he flew photographic reconnaissance missions over Denmark and the German Baltic coast, including the Peenemunde flying bomb base; he also flew over Berlin in daylight to obtain the first photographic evidence of the destruction of the city following the Allied raids on the city. For this work he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross; the citation in the London Gazette of 7 March 1944 mentioned his ‘courage on numerous operations against the enemy’. From RAF Benson, he performed reconnaissance of targets as far as Beslau, Leizig, Poland and Italy. He was lost on operations when his aircraft crashed at Steinfeld, near Rostock, Germany, on 27 October 1944, while heading for the Stettin-Berlin area to carry out further photographic reconnaissance.

Keith Ross Holland

 in the Australia, World War II Military Service Records, 1939-1945

Name: Keith Ross Holland
Birth Date: 24 Sep 1922
Birth Place: Wentworth, New South Wales (Reg no 54829/1922 )
Year Range: 1939-1948
Enlistment Place: Melbourne
Service Number: 410234
Father: Herbert Holland
Series Description: A9300: RAAF, Officers
Source Citation

National Archives of Australia; Canberra, Australia; RAAF Officers Personnel files, 1921-1948; Series: A9300

Source Information Australia, World War II Military Service Records, 1939-1945 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2016.

Original data:

Second Australian Imperial Force Personnel Dossiers, 1939-1947. National Archives of Australia.

A full list of sources can be found here.


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Keith Ross Holland

in the UK, World War II Index to Allied Airmen Roll of Honour, 1939-1945

Name: Keith Ross Holland
Rank: Fg Off
Death Age: 22
Birth Year: 24 Sep 1922
Death Date: 27 Oct 1944
Military Base: Benson, Oxon
Service Number: 410234
Unit: 540 Squadron
Command: Coastal Cmnd
Ship: Mosquito Prxvi
Occupation: Pilot
Casualty: Killed in action
Medal: Dfc
Residence Place: Mildura, Victoria, Australia (Curlwaa)
Burial Place: Heverlee War Cemetery, Belgium
Notes: Shot Down During A Photo Recce Sortie to Berlin and Stettin



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