Guide to the Papers of Andrew Holden (as filmed by the AJCP)



National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2019

Collection Summary

Holden, Andrew
Papers of Andrew Holden (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
1886 - 1954
Collection Number
11 items
Language of Materials
Australian Joint Copying Project
The Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP) online portal was created with the assistance of the Australian Public Service Modernisation Fund, 2017-2020. The National Library of Australia gratefully acknowledges the contribution of the other foundation AJCP partners, the State Library of New South Wales and The National Archives of the UK, and all other organisations which supported the work of the AJCP, the world's most extensive collaborative copying project, operating from 1948 to 1997.


Scope and Contents

Chapters copied from Holden's memoirs describing early years at Circular Head; life in Hobart 1894-1902 and Oxford 1902-1907; the Holden, Ware and Farmer Families, and Una Holden's early life, in which there are anecdotes about the young Bernard Montgomery. Also copied are memoirs of Tasmania in 1887-1896 written in 1954 by Lettyce Armitage.

Conditions Governing Access

Available for Access.

Conditions Governing Use

Many of the records digitised as part of the AJCP are still in copyright. Readers wishing to publish or reproduce documents should seek permission, in the first instance, from the owner of the original material.

No extracts from the memoirs should be published without the permission of Andrew Holden's daughter, Mrs. J.N. Campbell, The Rectory, 21 Park Road, Stapleton, Bristol, U.K.

Preferred Citation

Acknowledgement of use of this material should refer to the location of the original material and to the Australian Joint Copying Project.

Citation items from this collection should include references to the location of the original material and to the AJCP nla.obj number, which serves as the online identifier for the digital copy.

Example: M Series: Journal of Capt. James Cook, 18 February 1770, British Library Add. MS 27885 (AJCP ref:

Archival History

Material selectively filmed at the private residence of Mrs J.N. Campbell, Bristol, as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1980 (AJCP Reel: M1157). Original microfilm digitised as part of the AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

The private residence of Mrs J.N. Campbell. Bristol, England.

Existence and Location of Copies

The original AJCP microfilm of the records filmed from this collection is available at the National Library of Australia [] as well as other institutions holding AJCP microfilm.

Finding-aid Notes

This finding aid is a revised online version of the original finding aid prepared by the Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP), published by the National Library of Australia in 2019. The original AJCP finding aids were unpublished typescripts or photocopies available from libraries that held copies of the original microfilm.

Dates used in this finding aid refer to the date range of the records selected for filming rather than to the date range of the Series or Files.


Armitage, Lettyce; Australia; Circular Head, Tasmania; Farmer Family; Great Britain; Genealogy and genealogies; Hobart, Tasmania; Holden Family; Holden, Andrew; Holden, Una; Montgomery, Bernard, 1st Viscount; Montgomery, Sir Henry H., Bishop; Montgomery, Una; Oxford, England; Tasmania; Ware Family


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 228, p85.

Biographical / Historical

Andrew Holden (1882-1973), the son of Lonsdale Holden and his wife Ellen Ware, was born in Hobart. His father, who was a doctor, had arrived in Hobart in 1877 and was the house surgeon in the General Hospital for eight years. In 1886 he was appointed the health officer at Circular Head, in the north-west of Tasmania, and Andrew Holden attended a school at the small town of Stanley. In 1894 the family returned to Hobart, where they lived at Bellerive. They were close friends of the Bishop of Tasmania, Henry Montgomery, and his family and Andrew Holden shared a tutor with the Montgomery boys. In 1897 he attended the Hutchins School before proceeding to the University of Tasmania in 1900.

In July 1902 Holden sailed to England and he did not return to Australia again. He was a student at Balliol College, Oxford, where he excelled in mathematics and rowing. In 1907 he was appointed a probationer in the Egyptian Civil Service. Based at first in Alexandria and later in Cairo, he served in the Egyptian Civil Service until 1952, shortly before the British withdrew from Egypt.

In 1912 Holden married Una Montgomery (1889-1963), the daughter of Bishop Montgomery and sister of Field Marshal Lord Montgomery. They had five children. After they left Egypt they lived in Guildford, Surrey.

Item Descriptions

Series 1. Memoirs of Andrew Holden, 1956

7 items

Files are chapters within the book.

The typescript memoirs, written by Holden 'for the entertainment of his children', contain 17 chapters, eleven of which deal with his life and work in Egypt between 1907 and 1952. The Australian Joint Copying Project filmed six chapters, relating to his forebears, his life in Tasmania and England between 1884 and 1907, and the early life in Tasmania of his wife, Una Montgomery.

The first two chapters provide brief biographical summaries of many members of the families of Holden's parents, extending back to the sixteenth century. The account of his early life is quite detailed, recalling his boyhood homes, friends and associates, his studies, his voyage to England in 1902, and his life as an undergraduate at Oxford University. The relatively brief memoirs of Una Holden, who spent her early years in Hobart, were copied by Andrew Holden from a manuscript found among her papers after her death.

Introduction, chronology and list of contents (File)

The Holdens (37pp) (File Chapter 1)

The Wares and the Farmers (20pp) (File Chapter 2)

Early Years at Circular Head, the Nut, 1886-1894 (32pp) (File Chapter 3)

Life at Bellerive (Hobart), 1894-1902 (30pp) (File Chapter 4)

Oxford, 1902-1907 (61pp) (File Chapter 5)

Una Montgomery, early history (written by Una Montgomery) (44pp) (File Chapter 8)

Copied by Andrew Holden from a manuscript of Una Holden found among her papers.

Series. Miscellaneous, 23 November 1885 - 1954

4 items

Photograph of Andrew Holden and his parents and sister at Hobart (File 2)

Photograph of Andrew Holden and classmates at Hutchins School, Hobart (File 3)

Scroll presented to Lonsdale Holden by the staff of the Hobart General Hospital, 23 November 1885 (File 4)

Memories of Tasmania in 1887-1896, 1954 (File 5)

Written in 1954 by Lettyce Armitage. (manuscript, 20pp).

Biographical / Historical

Lettyce Armitage (b.1887) was the daughter of Joseph Armitage, a doctor at Burnie on the north coast of Tasmania. Her mother died in 1896 and soon afterwards Joseph Armitage and his children returned to England.