Myrtle Holland

Transcript of the Oral History Interview with Miss Myrtle Holland

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Myrtle Holland was born in 1920. She was the third child of Frederick Percival (Percy) Holland and Mabel Ellen Holland (nee Desmond). Her grandfather was Thomas Henry Holland. Thomas owned and ran a saw mill in Pretty Bridge Valley (Belgrove) until 1906 when he retired at age 49. He moved to Richmond where he built a large family home on the corner of Queen and Oxford Streets. In 1909 he was elected to the Richmond Borough Council. He owned rental properties and other investments and was one of the first people in the area to own a motor car.  Myrtle inherited his ledgers which show all his financial transactions.

Points of Interest

  1. Saws - circular blades used in sawmills
  2. Murchison Earthquake refugees
  3. Soap making
  4. Thomas Henry Holland

Interview Information

  • Date of interview:        February 1984
  • Interviewer:                D. J. Runnacles
  • Length of Transcript:   28 pages
  • Notes: Pages 8-25: "Notes on the Allport Family including the Hollands". These notes appear to be an extract from a larger family history, but there is no record to indicate where they come from or who the author was. 
  • Pages 26-28 are entries from Thomas Henry Holland's ledger. These entries date from 1904-1923
  • Page 27 is missing

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