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Joshua Holt (1788–1860)

In our yesterday's issue we published the decease of a very old colonist—one who had indeed survived the entire generation of the first Australian colonists–Mr Joshua Holt arrived in Sydney in January, 1800, being then in his thirteenth year; he was the eldest son of Mr. Joseph Holt, better known as 'General' Holt, of the Irish Rebellion, and whose arrival here was the consequence of the prominent part he took as the leader of that movement. From his long residence in the colony and his active habits, Mr Joshua Holt had a very complete knowledge of the history of the colony. Mr. Holt was for some time one of the churchwardens of St. James, and was very widely respected. His remains will be interred this morning.—Herald.

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3 April, 1788
Wicklow, Ireland


11 July, 1860 (aged 72)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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