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Edward Holliday

Birthplace: Irthlingborough, Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: June 14, 1898 (49-57)
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia (Short illness)
Place of Burial: Adelaide, S A, Australia
Immediate Family:

Son of George Holliday and Ulyssa Holliday
Husband of Mary Ann Holliday
Father of Edward William Holliday; Mary Ulissa Graves; George E Holliday; Florence (Florrie) Cragen and Arthur Ramsay Holliday
Brother of George Holliday and George Holliday
Half brother of John Holliday; William Green Holliday; Susan Walker; Sarah Jane Holliday; James Edward Holliday and 1 other

Occupation: Shoemaker, Journeyman Carpenter/shoemaker
Managed by: Tony Holliday
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About Edward Holliday

Edward was the fourth child (but second surviving) of George Holliday and Ulyssa Rivett, the first of which was illigitimate and died shortly after birth. He was baptised in Earls Barton, Northamptonshire in 1845 and there was a large Rivett family living in Earls Barton at the time. After his mother died in 1847 his father re-married to Sarah Green, who brought him and his elder brother George, up.

Edward married his wife, Mary Ann Chester on Dec 25th 1865 at Manchester Cathedral, Lancashire. His brother George Holliday and George's wife Elizabeth were witnesses. Christmas day being the only day people would have had available to marry in those days without losing a days pay and/or losing their job.

Edward and his wife Mary Ann migrated to South Australia in 1883 aboard the ship Romsdal. Arrived 13 August 1883 after departing from Plymouth 24 May 1883. NOTE: Edward's Half brother James Edward was also a passenger on the same vessel They brought with them their Children George E aged 11, Florence C Aged 5 and Arthur R (or K) aged 3 Their eldest child Mary Ulissa also accompanied them on the journey but is listed seperately in the record of arrival as "Single women available for hire on arrival". She was around 14 at the time.She later married William GRAVES.

Mary Ullissa GRAVES died on 20/5/1938 and an ' In Memoriam' notice was placed in the Advertiser on 20 May 1939 by her sister and her husband.

Edward was a bootmaker by trade and was also a member of the SA Military with a rank of Colour-Sergeant. He was formerly a member of the Volunteer Engineering Corps in Yorkshire. Edward was a keen rifle shooter and established the Non Commisioned Officers Rifle club in Adelaide which later became the Adelaide Rifle Club of which he was still president at the time of his death. He was also President of the Operative Bootmakers union for a number of years. Edward held positions on the Boards of several gold mining companies and was still a director at the time of his death. Before he came to Australia he was for 12 years Sergeant-Major in the Leeds Corps of Volunteer Engineers. He joined the Defence Forces of SA in about Jan 31 1884., in L company, Adelaide Rifles. He was transferred to A Company on April15 ,1887; promoted to Lance-Corporal May13 1887;Corporal, Sept 30 1887; Sergeant, April 10 1880; and Colour-Sergeant, October 2 1893.

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Edward Holliday's Timeline

January 1845
Irthlingborough, Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom
January 1845
Earls Barton, Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom
August 8, 1866
Age 21
Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK
July 25, 1868
Age 23
Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK


Age 26
Leeds, Yorkshire, UK
Age 32
Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK


September 1879
Age 34
Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK


June 14, 1898
Age 53
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
June 16, 1898
Age 53
Adelaide, S A, Australia

Funeral and burial at North road cemetery Adelaide on Thursday 16th June 1898