Sir Frederick Holder (1850 – 1909) parliamentarian and journalist
Frederick Holder shared his wife’s Wesleyan convictions and as a lay preacher regularly conducted services on Sundays in Adelaide and country churches. He was also active in the administration of the church. On 17 June 1892 he defeated Thomas Playford and became the South Australian Premier and Treasurer. In 1901 he was appointed speaker of the newly established federal House of Representatives.
Frederick Holder, parliamentarian and journalist, was born on 12 May 1850 at Happy Valley, near Adelaide, eldest son of James Morecott Holder, a freeman of the City of London, who had migrated to South Australia shortly after his marriage on 9 September 1848 to Martha Breakspear Roby, daughter of a London tailor.
On 29 March 1877, at Burra, Frederick Holder married Julia Maria, daughter of John Riccardo Stephens, a Cornishman, homeopathic doctor, farmer, teacher and shopkeeper, who had studied for the Methodist ministry. Julia Holder eventually became Australian president of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union.
Holder shared her Wesleyan convictions and as a lay preacher regularly conducted services on Sundays in Adelaide and country churches. He was also active in the administration of the Church and in seeking unity of the different Methodist denominations. He supported his wife’s campaigns for temperance and against gambling, but he had a keen sense of fun and made a happy home life for his four sons and four daughters.
In 1887 Holder was elected senior member for Burra in the South Australian House of Assembly. He described himself as a free trader opposed to selling Crown lands in order to remove the deficit and was against a property tax.
After the fall of the Cockburn ministry in August 1890, and particularly as leader of the Opposition and member of the pastoral lands commission in 1891, Holder travelled extensively in the colony and wrote a series of articles on the pastoral industry for the South Australian Register urging caution in subdivision of pastoral properties, steady improvement of water resources and more rabbit-proof fencing.
On 17 June 1892 he defeated Thomas Playford in the House on a motion of confidence and became premier and treasurer.
On 9 May 1901, when federal parliament was inaugurated in Melbourne, Holder was elected first Speaker of the House of Representatives.
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