Harriet Holland (1829–1898)

HARRIET was born in Northiam, Sussex, England to JOHN WATSON and SARAH WATSON (née WILD). The Watson family, including HARRIET and her three sisters, sailed to the Colony of New South Wales as free immigrants per Palmyra (1838). The youngest sibling died at sea on the way to the colony, and her mother died at Parramatta the following year. HARRIET married a convicted highwayman named EDWARD HOLDEN at age 18 after giving birth to a child, ELLEN, out of wedlock just a couple of months earlier. Upon HOLDEN’s death, HARRIET married another convicted highwayman: JOHN ‘JACK’ HOLLAND. Together, JACK and HARRIET ran The Star Inn on Church Street, Parramatta, and raised a family there. When JACK died in 1874, HARRIET continued to run the Inn, and also developed properties on nearby Macquarie Street.

Names

  • Birth name: HARRIET WATSON
  • Married name: HARRIET HOLDEN
  • Married name: HARRIET HOLLAND
  • Colloquial: HARLEY

Burial Location

  • Section 1, Row A, No. 15, St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta

Relationships

  • Daughter of JOHN WATSON
  • Daughter of SARAH WATSON
  • Sister of SARAH ANN WATSON
  • Sister of HANNAH WATSON
  • Sister of ELIZABETH WATSON
  • Wife of EDWARD HOLDEN
  • Wife of JOHN HOLLAND
  • Mother of ELLEN WATSON HOLDEN
  • Mother of JOHN HENRY HOLLAND
  • Mother of HARRIET HOLLAND (‘HARLEY’)
  • Mother of JOHN ALEXANDER HOLLAND
  • Mother of EDITH EMMA HOLLAND (‘EDIE’)
  • Grandmother of BERYL EDITH FERGUSON
  • Grandmother of MONA FERGUSON
  • Grandmother of JOHN WATSON HOLLAND (‘JACK’)
  • Grandmother of ARCHIBALD EUGENE HOLLAND (‘ARCHIE’)
  • Grandmother of PHYLLIS ALEXANDRA HOLLAND
  • Grandmother of CYRIL BERESFORD HOLLAND
  • Grandmother of BRENDA ANTOINETTE HOLLAND
  • Grandmother of MONA ELAINE HOLLAND
  • Grandmother of ZENA ESTELLE HOLLAND
  • Grandmother of ALEXANDER G HOLLAND
  • Grandmother of EDITH GWENDOLYN WITHERS
  • Grandmother of BLANCHE CECIL WITHERS
  • Grandmother of ERNESTINE WATSON WITHERS
  • Grandmother of NELL HOLLAND

Occupation

  • Innkeeper

Related Material

THE HOLLANDS: GUNS ‘N’ TUBEROSES (2021)

By Michaela Ann Cameron

Abstract: Jack was very in tune with nature. He had seven stars, a sun, a half moon & a flowerpot tattooed on the inside of his arm from his younger days, woke with the birds, took his morning’s walk to Camellia to admire the camellias of Sir William Macarthur’s former gardener & nurseryman, & lovingly tended a few ‘pet plants’ of his own. But every man has his limits. Jack was not a cat person. Indeed, his extreme devotion to his greenery was precisely what precluded even so much as a begrudging acceptance that he must coexist with felinity, all because the neighbouring cats had a terrible habit of scratching up his blooming beauties. One morning, around seven o’clock, Jack found one of his tuberoses ‘smashed.’ ‘There he stood at [his] front door’ of The Star Inn, ‘with the broken flower in one hand, & a double-barrelled gun in the other,’ showing a friend his ‘broken treasure’ & ‘vowing vengeance on the tomcat that had wrought the mischief.’ Spying at that very moment ‘the delinquent cat—or a cat’—Jack took off after it, aimed, & “Bang!”: he blew that cat right out of existence. It was not the first time the Parramatta publican of The Star Inn had shown such extreme inconsistency in his regard for living things. In fact, you could say John ‘Jack’ Holland had more or less lived his whole life with a flower in one hand, & a shotgun in the other. Read more>>

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Lists

# English

# Came Free

# Ship: Palmyra (1838)

# The Star Inn

# Burial Year: 1898

# Grave: marked