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Edward John Hollingdale (1859–1927)

from Catholic Press

The late Mr. E. J. B. [Edward John Bede] Hollingdale, whose death on the 27th ult., was reported in our last issue, will be remembered by many of those who knew Sydney some years ago as a prominent figure in the musical circles of his time. Always assiduous in any movement to promote the welfare of the Church, or any of its dependencies, he contributed, as a baritone singer, to numerous concerts organised for that objective. As far back as 1882 he assisted on such occasions, and in that year sang in St. Mary's Cathedral during a recital given to augment the building fund. He also was associated with Messrs. J. Bushelle, F. McQuade and Hinchey in classical productions, notably Sullivan's 'The Martyr of Antioch,' presented at the old Garden Palace Theatre; and with the Metropolitan Liedertafel. The late Mr. Hollingdale also toured the country districts in company with Messrs. W. Asprey, R. Stanton and McShane, in an endeavour to assist the churches in the country districts. As conductor of St. Mary's Church choir at Concord, he did much to raise the status of that choir, and on one occasion he had presented to him by Very Rev. Dean McCarthy, on behalf of the members of the choir, a handsome baton. The Dean remarked that under his conductorship the choir had achieved a high standard. Amongst the varied activities of the deceased were a keen and practical interest in the Westmead Boys' Home, St Anthony's Home at Petersham, the Baulkham Hills Orphanage, the Seamen's Mission, and the St. Vincent de Paul Society, of which he was a member of the Particular Council. He also assisted in the formation of new branches in various centres.

Born on November 3, 1859, the late Mr. Hollingdale was educated at the Lyndhurst College, Glebe Point. At the conclusion of his studies he entered business with his father, who conducted the jewellery establishment of Hollingdale and Son, in King street. In 1882 he married Mary Josephine Freehill, brother of the late Mr. F. B. Freehill, and about 1910 he retired from business to reside at his home at Cronulla. Those surviving him are his widow, four sons — Messrs. Ted, Bernard, Gerald and Eustace Hollingdale, and three daughters — Misses Molly, Eileen and Kathleen Hollingdale. The following persons who attended the obsequies are additional to those whose names were published in last week's 'Press': Messrs. E. Thornton, John T. Gurr, E. J. Dwyer, R. Beale, J. and O. Lane, D. Noon, J. Thorn ton, M. Russell, Dr. R. Nowland, Messrs. R. King, W. Burns, W. Bourke, J. Blake, C. Walton, J. Gooney, J. McGovern and Rev. Brother Lawrence.

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  • funeral, Catholic Press (NSW), 3 March 1927, p 20

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'Hollingdale, Edward John (1859–1927)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 19 June 2024.

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3 November, 1859
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


27 February, 1927 (aged 67)
Cronulla, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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