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A Proposal for a TV Programme about the Holian Family



The Frankfield

The Frankfield brings migrants to Melbourne from Liverpool.

This website is NOT an official Holian family website. Rather it is a repository for articles being written by Robert Dorning (Great Great Grand Son of Patrick and Bridget Holian) about his mother Mary's side of his family, the Holians. Robert grew up not meeting his mother's relatives, so this is an attempt to fill in the gap in his knowledge about his origins. He has found it an intriguing story. It is offered as a contribution to Holian family history which already has an extremely strong foundation.

The official Holian family website is here:

The Holian Irish migrant family arrived in Melbourne in 1841, six years after Melbourne had been settled. They were early Victorian pioneers. Mary Dorning (nee Holian) was born in 1912 at St James in North East Victoria. After the death of her father, Patrick Ambrose, in 1919 from the Spanish Flu epidemic, her mother Rosannah moved her four children to Richmond where she could find a job, earn a living and raise her kids.

NOTE: This is a basic website, in that there aren't links within, and between pages. This means that to move between pages you need to return to this page 76 Cousins and use the links on this page.


Rose, Mary & son

Rosannah Holian (nee Fitzpatrick), Mary Dorning (nee Holian) & son Robert at Kalkallo in 1945. Photo by Vince Holian.


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