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Henry Edmund (Harry) Holland (1868–1933)

Broken Hill defendants, 1909 [Holland is far left, front row]

Broken Hill defendants, 1909 [Holland is far left, front row]

Leader (Melbourne), 1 May 1909, p 23

Mr. Henry Edward (Harry) Holland, leader of the New Zealand Parliamentary Labor Party, collapsed while attending the funeral of a Maori "King." He died several hours later.

The Prime Minister (Mr. Forbes) said that Mr. Holland's word was always his bond. He never dealt an unfair blow.

Mr. Holland was well known throughout Australia, and was at one time a prominent working class fighter in Broken Hill. At the invitation of the Socialists group he was here during the 1909 lock out.

The moderates on the official combined committee took exception to his coming, and he was refused the right to speak on the official platform. Holland, however, made himself heard on the street corners. His speeches led him into conflict with the law and he was charged with seditious utterances. He was tried at Albury and received a sentence of two years.

Holland on that occasion conducted his own defence, having refused the Combined Unions Committee's offer of legal assistance because of their refusal to allow him to speak at the union meetings when in Broken Hill. 

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Broken Hill defendants, 1909 [Holland is far left, front row]

Broken Hill defendants, 1909 [Holland is far left, front row]

Leader (Melbourne), 1 May 1909, p 23

Life Summary [details]


10 June, 1868
Ginninderra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia


8 October, 1933 (aged 65)
Huntly, New Zealand

Cause of Death

heart disease

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