John Holland (1820–1874)

JOHN ‘JACK’ HOLLAND was a convict turned Parramatta publican. He and his wife HARRIET HOLLAND ran The Star Inn on Church Street, Parramatta, opposite St. John’s Church, Parramatta, for many years, where they also lived and raised their family until Jack’s death in 1874.

Names

  • Birth name: JOHN HOLLAND
  • Colloquial: JACK HOLLAND

Burial Location

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

Relationships

  • Son of GEORGE HOLLAND
  • Son of SARAH WILD
  • Husband of HARRIET HOLLAND
  • Son-in-law of JOHN WATSON
  • Son-in-law of SARAH WATSON
  • Brother-in-law of SARAH ANN WATSON
  • Brother-in-law of HANNAH WATSON
  • Brother-in-law of ELIZABETH WATSON
  • Stepfather of ELLEN WATSON HOLDEN
  • Father of JOHN HENRY HOLLAND
  • Father of HARRIET HOLLAND (‘HARLEY’)
  • Father of JOHN ALEXANDER HOLLAND
  • Father of EDITH EMMA HOLLAND (‘EDIE’)
  • Grandfather of BERYL EDITH FERGUSON
  • Grandfather of MONA FERGUSON
  • Grandfather of JOHN WATSON HOLLAND (‘JACK’)
  • Grandfather of ARCHIBALD EUGENE HOLLAND (‘ARCHIE’)
  • Grandfather of PHYLLIS ALEXANDRA HOLLAND
  • Grandfather of CYRIL BERESFORD HOLLAND
  • Grandfather of BRENDA ANTOINETTE HOLLAND
  • Grandfather of MONA ELAINE HOLLAND
  • Grandfather of ZENA ESTELLE HOLLAND
  • Grandfather of ALEXANDER G HOLLAND
  • Grandfather of EDITH GWENDOLYN WITHERS
  • Grandfather of BLANCHE CECIL WITHERS
  • Grandfather of ERNESTINE WATSON WITHERS
  • Grandfather of NELL HOLLAND
  • Friend of GEORGE JENKINS CAVILL

Occupation

  • Gardener
  • Convict
  • Publican

Related Material

THE HOLLANDS: GUNS ‘N’ TUBEROSES

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

# Convict

# English

# Place of Trial: Derby

# Punishment: Fifteen Years Transportation

# Hulk: Fortitude

# Ship: Maitland (1) (1840)

# Hyde Park Barracks

# Parramatta Gaol

# The Star Inn

# Burial Year: 1874

# Grave: marked