James Vincent Holt

Railway Employee And Boilermaker's Assistant

Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Glebe 1927 1928
Alderman Glebe 1937 1939
  • Glebe Council logo 1896 (City of Sydney Archives A-00333228)

Family background

James Vincent Holt was born in 1890 at Murrurundi NSW, son of James Hussey Holt and Mary nee Purcell. In 1920 he married Celia Adeline Rampling at the Catholic Church Barraba. He died at Campsie on 21 December 1955, aged 65 years. Celia Holt died on 14 January 1943 at 136 Glebe Street, Glebe, aged 47 years.

Occupation & interests

In 1916 when Holt enlisted in the AIF to serve in World War 1 he gave his occupation as bushman and carpenter, and as a driver in the army. He returned to Australia in 1919, and from 1930 resided in Mitchell Street and Glebe Point Road Glebe and worked as a storeman, railway employee and a boilermaker’s assistant.

Community activity

There was a discernible difference in the manner and dress of the new aldermen after 1925 when the Labor Party wrested control of Glebe Council from local businessmen. Several, including Holt, wore a blue flannel shirts to work.

Local government service

Holt was an alderman on Glebe Council for two terms: 1927-28 and 1937-39. He was first elected at a by-election on 11 April 1927, created by the death of Arthur Field. He was elected as an Independent Labour candidate in December 1937, Holt, as deputy mayor in 1939, was often at odds with Mayor McCormack.


AIF records of J V Holt

Hogan, Michael 2004,  Local labor: a history of the Labor Party in Glebe, 1891-2003, Federation Press, Annandale, NSW

Sydney Morning Herald, 12 April 1927

Sydney Morning Herald, 6 December 1937, p. 8

Sydney Morning Herald, 22 December 1955

Holt, James Vincent, Railway Personal History Card, State Archives NSW,
NRS-12922-1-[11/16634]-[506], https://search.records.nsw.gov.au/permalink/f/1ebnd1l/ADLIB_RNSW114383026


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