Edward Arthur Hollis 1878
Emma Alice Elizabeth Reid
Australia & South Africa
of Max Hollis & Siblings
EDWARD ARTHUR HOLLIS
was born 09 Sep 1878 in
Wandin Yalloack Vic. one of eight children of Hubert John
Hollis and Eliza Suckling.
were Fruit Growers [berry farmers] in the Sth Wandin (Silvan)
area of Victoria. He was a tiny baby when his parents
moved from their original slab cottage on the Wiseman's
property with its beaten earth floor to their new home of
three bedrooms upstairs, a parlor and another bedroom
downstairs and a lean-to kitchen. This home was located on
Hubert's 67acres he had gained a licence to occupy. From a
young age Edward was introduced to work picking
raspberries with his siblings.
Service: Early in 1900 Edward & his brother
George dropped a bomb shell on their mother when they made
plans to go to Sth Africa to fight in the Boer War.
Discharge certificate states: Trooper Edward Arthur Hollis
No.483 is discharged from Natal Volunteer Composite on
31st July 1902 because of disbandment of regiment. Served
189days, character Very Good. Previous Service with
Bushveld Carbineers (of Breaker Morant fame) Medals: Sth
Africa Medal & Troopers War Gratuity. Place Dundie July
Police Constable & Chauffer: On the 16th August 1902 at Cape Town
just two weeks after his discharge from army service
Edward joined the South African Police as Constable
No.841. His length of service with the police was
14years 107days. He purchased his discharge inpayment of
£5, his discharge certificate dated November 30th
1916 stated: Conduct while serving was very good, Age:
38yrs 2months, Height: 5ft. 10inches, Complexion: fair,
Eyes: blue, Hair: light, and Occupation: farmer. Intended
place of residence: Chapel Street Salt River.
After leaving the
Sth African police force Edward with his brother George
were chauffers each having their own taxi in Salt River.
When Edward come back to Australia for a short time brother George
went into a petrol station, garage and taxi business in Salt River.
On Edward's return to Sth Africa with his wife and small
child I am unsure of his occupation at this time.
Marriage: Edward applied
for leave from the South African Police in 1910 to bring
his future bride to Australia to get married. He and
22year old widow EMMA ALICE ELIZABETH KOOPMAN nee REID
married on 01 Feb 1911 in South Yarra Victoria Australia.
Emma's first husband Richard Benjamin Koopman had died in
1910 believed from effects of his job as a printer. Emma
and Richard had a son Richard but he also had died. (I was
told after being accidentally dropped by a servant.)
EMMA ALICE ELIZABETH REID was born
19 Feb 1889 Cape Town Sth Africa and was classed as
colored. Emma was the daughter of engineer/railwayman
WILLIAM REID (a Scotsman) and SUSAN PAULSE also classed as
a colored Sth African.
Edward and Emma's
first child was born in Australia 11 Nov 1911 and by the
time of their second child's birth in 1913 they were
living back in Cape Town. Between 1913 and 1924 they had
six more children, two dying as infants.
Permanent move to Australia:
In 1925 Edward, Emma and their children left Cape Town to
sail to Australia aboard the "SS Vedic". On the
shipping record Edward gave his occupation as Chauffer. They
arrived in Melbourne on 25th Dec 1925.
Notable for being the first White Star
liner powered solely by turbine engines, Vedic was built
by Harland & Wolff, Govan, and was engined at Belfast.
Designed purely as an emigrant ship, with third class
accommodations only, She was launched in December
1917 and fitted out as a troopship, rather than a
passenger liner. Her maiden voyage began in Belfast on 11
July 1918, and took her to Boston, where she began her
Vedic served under
the Liner Requisition Act until April 1919, and in
September of that year she was used to repatriate British
troops from northern Russia. After a 1920 refitting, she
was placed on White Star's Liverpool-Clyde-Canada emigrant
service, although in 1921, her winter terminus was
Portland, Maine, and her summer terminus was New York. In
1922, Vedic and Red Star's Poland were placed on a
Bremen-Southampton-Cherbourg-Canada service, which
terminated at Montréal in the summer and Halifax in the
After a 1925
refitting, Vedic was placed on the White
Star/Aberdeen/Blue Funnel joint emigrant service to
Australia; she did considerable charter work for the
Salvation Army, also carrying emigrants to Australia. When
White Star and Cunard merged in 1934, Vedic was not
transferred to the merged company, but was sold for
scrapping at Rosyth.
Home at Silvan:
Edward and Emma made their home at Silvan in Victoria where
Edward had originally come from. Two more babies were born
in 1926 and 1929 swelling their brood to eleven children (9
living) Their home at Silvan was called "Hill Crest"
Death of Edward: Edward died 23 Oct 1945 at the home
of his daughter Barb & Allan Knoll Vict. age67yrs.
Death of Emma Alice: Emma
died 11 Aug 1969 in Home of Barb & Allan Knoll Vict. Age
Memory: Charlie Hollis,
Edward and Emma's son recalled when he was a boy the
family lived at No.6 Scotts Road Salt River, he remembered a church
and hall being opposite. He also remembered living at No.12 Roman Road
Observatory, where when lying in his bed at night he could
hear the lions roaring at Cecil Rhodes Zoo, which was
only 15mins. walking time form their home. Charlie said he had attended
Rochester Road School Observatory.
Edward & Emma Hollis Family
FLORENCE HOLLIS, b. 11 Nov 1911, Australia; m. AUGUST
BENJAMIN OSTERMAN, 17 Dec 1938; d. 27 May 1976, 76yrs
2. AGNES EMMA
HOLLIS, b. 29 Sep 1913, Cape Town Sth. Africa; m. (1)
B.S.( JACK) OSTERMAN; m. (2) EDWARD JACOB HILLI, m.
(3) BERT SCHMIDT, 10 Dec 1961.
3. CHARLES SUCKLING HOLLIS, b. August 8 1915
Woodstock Capetown South Africa; d. 05 Dec 2004, Latrobe
Regional Hospital m. HELGA ADELINE JANS, Vict.
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detailed account of Charles and Helga Hollis and
WILLIAM HOLLIS, b. 15 Feb 1917, Cape Town Sth Africa;
d. 1919, Sth Africa.
WARNEFORD (MAC) HOLLIS, b. Cape Town Sth Africa; m.
(1) ISABEL FRANCES BURNS, 19 Jul 1941; b. 17 Jun 1921, Co.
Tyrone Northern Ireland; d. 27 Dec 1963, Rabaul New
Guinea; m. (2) PENNY TAYLOR, m. (3) MARGARET MARSHMAN
OLIVE HOLLIS, b. 09 Feb 1921, Cape Town Sth Africa; d.
1921, Cape Town Sth Africa.
GEORGE HOLLIS, b. Cape Town Sth Africa; m. JOAN LORNA
EVELYN HOLLIS, b. Cape Town Sth Africa; m. (1) ALLAN
(KARL) KNOLL; m. (2) SMITH,
ELIZABETH HOLLIS, b. Australia; m. RICHARD LESLIE
MAY HOLLIS, b. Vic. Aust.; m. CHARLES FRAZER
dates of those still living have been omitted as well
Information on the above families withheld because of
Australian Privacy Laws. Except for Charles & Helga
Hollis. Please contact me for more information.
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Charles Suckling Hollis & Helga Adeline Jans & Family
William George &
Susan Johanna Reid Family : South Africa