Most Australian Holliers descend from the Hollier family of Sydenham in Oxfordshire. Thomas and his family emigrated in 1843 on the 'United Kingdom' and was followed in 1855 by his parents Thomas & Amelia and his sister Eleanor, sailing on the 'Kate'.
His half-cousin Eden also emigrated in 1844 on the 'Wallace'. These Sydenham families are described here.
John Hollier (1813-1889) (left) from the nearby Hollier family in Lewknor emigrated in 1844 to Melbourne.
Samuel and Ann Hollier from Bedford, but originally from Long Buckby, NTH, emigrated to Victoria in 1852 on the 'Delgany'.
Another early arrival in Australia was William Hollyer from Binfield in Berkshire who was transported to Tasmania in 1839.
Charles Holyer (1862-1947) and his wife Rosa went with William Lane to form a socialist community at Bundaberg, Queensland and later followed him to Paraguay before being disillusioned and returning to England.
There was a Hollyer family that emigrated to Australia in 1879 and settled in Randwick, NSW, but research suggests that they weren't Hollyers at all. Their story is here.Back to top