Robert John Holman

Robert John Holman

Male 1868 - 1942  (73 years)

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  • Name Robert John Holman 
    Nickname Bob 
    Born 28 Oct 1868  Bald Hills, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 13 Apr 1942 
    Buried Centennial Park, South Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • There is an article on Robert John Holman in the ALDINE'S HISTORY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA VOL.2 PAGE 623. Bob bought a farm at Nelshaby and built a stone house where he took his young bride Eliza Rosanna; their five children were born in that house. Bob was a man of great moral strength and courage. When his wife died he was faced with the awesome responsibility of raising his five young children alone. When Eliza died, their children were placed with Hawkins/Tucker relatives; the youngest two Cyril and Thomas went to stay with their grandmother, Miriam Jane Hawkins (nee Tucker) Stan went to Lilly May Smith, Robert Leland to Ethel Dow and Effie was looked after by Hartley Hawkins and his wife Bertha.
      Bob bought 5,000 acres of farming land at Wanilla, South Australia, from Mr W.T. Mortlock. He built a home there for his family (the stone chimney still stands in 1989 as a memorial to his work). Bob called his farm "Ashley Farm" after his uncle, Thomas Atkinson's farm at Willunga. It had been the name of the Atkinson farm in Lincolnshire, England. In October 1907. Bob gathered his family to him. They travelled by train from Warnertown to Wallaroo, where they boarded a vessel, the "Rupara" and sailed to Port Lincoln. When Bob arrived at Port Lincoln with his family on October 75h 1907, they had Brought with them furniture and 2 cows. Mr Arthur Hall, who was working for Bob, walked the cows 23 miles to the farm, staying overnight at the "Fountain" with Mr. Sep Roberts.
      Effie, at nearly 14 years, was given a formidable task of house-keeping for her father and four younger brothers. Effie cooked on a wood stove and an open fire; utensils were of cast iron. Clothes were boiled in a copper and all the trousers were cleaned on a scrubbing board using a scrubbing brush. Life at Wanilla was very difficult due to extremely wet weather; Crops planted were destroyed by heavy rains and the boggy conditions killed off a lot of the livestock. Bob became very ill after a time and was nursed by his children. This would have been about 1909; Bob thought he had consumption. He had been a great believer in Homeopathy Medicine (a system of medicine introduced by the German physician Samuel Hahnemann in the 19th century; it was preferable to the over-drugging and blood-letting by leaches that had been practised in the previous centuries) and had studied that subject in depth. He always treated himself and his children successfully with Homeopathy. He had great faith in a tonic called "Vita Dact" which came in 1.5 pint bottles. He never consulted a doctor (of orthodox medicine) and never had a chest X-ray; He made a complete recovery.
      The older sons with their father cleared and fenced many acres of land, but eventually after much sweat and toil, they were unable to keep up payments and the property was repossessed by Mortlock. Bob moved his family to Cummins where he worked on the new railway lines to Kimba and Darke Peak. When world War I started the two elder sons joined the Light horse and fought in Egypt and Palestine.
      When new leases of land were allocated in the Hundred of Wannaman, Bob was allocated Section 30 on 16 September 1915 at Kyancutta. He camped there for some time before being joined by his other sons, Cyril and Tom. Effie married in 1915. Bob with the help of his sons, built a stone house on section 30 (now owned by a great-grandson, Trevor Holman). In 1920 he married Jane Nosworthy of Bald Hills, Yankalilla.
      Bob was a truly remarkable man who never lost his faith in God, a mighty man of love, fortitude and courage. He was still farmin and lay-preaching in the Methodist Church until 1940. In 1942, he had a fall from his horse while rounding up his sheep; he never recovered fully from the concussion and broken ribs he received in the fall. He died in Adelaide, following a "stroke". He was survived by his 5 children and 27 grandchildren. (The Tucker Family in Australia, 1992)
    Person ID I2530  Tucker Family Tree | The descendants of James Tucker
    Last Modified 2 Aug 2010 

    Father James Holman 
    Mother Susanna Atkinson 
    Family ID F0735  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Eliza Rosanna Hawkins,   b. 7 Oct 1871, Inman Valley District Yankalilla, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Sep 1906  (Age 34 years) 
    Married 4 Jan 1894  Wesleyan Church Napperby, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Effie Susannah Holman,   b. 7 Nov 1894, Nelshaby, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Feb 1983  (Age 88 years)
    +2. Robert Leland Garfield Holman,   b. 19 May 1896, Port Pirie, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jan 1954, Adelaide Repatriation Hospital, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
    +3. William James Stanbrook Holman,   b. 20 Dec 1897
    +4. C.C. Holman
    +5. Thomas Arthur Holman,   b. 7 Dec 1900, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jan 1974  (Age 73 years)
    Family ID F0734  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Jane Nosworthy,   b. 16 Feb 1875,   d. 27 Oct 1955  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 20 Oct 1920  Bald Hills, Yankalilla, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1358  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 28 Oct 1868 - Bald Hills, South Australia, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 4 Jan 1894 - Wesleyan Church Napperby, South Australia, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 20 Oct 1920 - Bald Hills, Yankalilla, South Australia, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Centennial Park, South Australia Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Robert John Holman and William Holman
    Robert John Holman and William Holman
    Robert John Holman (standing) and his elder brother William Holman
    Robert John Holman
    Robert John Holman
    Robert John Holman is the husband of Eliza Roseanna Hawkins and the son of James Holman and Susanna Atkinson.
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.


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