Holland, Henry Edmund

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Holland, Henry Edmund

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1868 - 1933


Henry Edmund (Harry) Holland was born at Ginninderra, NSW on 10 June 1868 and was apprenticed as a compositor to the 'Queanbeyan Times', 1882-1878. Joined the Australian Socialist League, 1892. Split from the Labor Party in New South Wales, 1898. Stood as a Socialist Labor Party candidate, federal Senate and the state seat of Lang, 1901. Stood as a socialist candidate in the New South Wales state elections, 1907. He was convicted of sedition following his involvement in the Broken Hill Miners Strike of 1909. With Tom Batho he launched the 'Sydney Socialist' paper in October 1894. He was sent to jail for three months in 1896 for libel. The paper was renamed 'the Northern People' and then the 'People'. 1902-1906 he edited labour papers in Grenfell and Queanbeyan. He launched the 'International Socialist Review for Australasia' in February 1907. In May 1912 he moved to New Zealand and became involved in the Waihi miners' strike. In April 1913 he became editor of the 'Maoriland Worker'. Holland was jailed in November 1913 for sedition following his role in the waterfront dispute. He stood as the Social Democratic Party candidate, Wellington North 1914 and 1918. In May 1918 he was elected for Grey (later Buller). From 1919-1931 Holland was chairman of the New Zealand Labour Party. In he 1920 visited Samoa as a member of a parliamentary party investigating New Zealand's colonial mandate. Holland died in Huntly, New Zealand on 8 Ocotober 1933.


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Created by Karina Taylor 27 July 2010; revised on 19 September 2011




Patrick James O'Farrell: 'Harry Holland, militant socialist', ANU, Canberra, 1964
Patrick James O'Farrell entry: 'NZ Dictionary of Biography
Australian Dictionary of Biography, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/holland-henry-edmund-harry-6708 (accessed on 19 September 2011)
Lyall Gillespie, "From Ginnindera to NZ leader", 'Canberra Times', 29 Oct 1998.

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