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Negative - Carlton, Victoria, 1888 Image Reg. No: MM 8507

Negative of Josiah Holdsworth and his family outside the premises of J. Holdsworth & E. W. Allison, Furnishing Undertaker, 366 Lygon Street, Carlton.
Description Of Content:
Josiah Holdsworth and his family outside the two-storey premises of J. Holdsworth & E. W. Allison, Furnishing Undertaker, Lygon Street in Carlton.
Acquisition Information:
Copied from Sandra Holdsworth, 1991
The Biggest Family Album of Australia, Museum Victoria
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: commerce, families, shops, undertakers, working life
Themes this item is part of: Images & Image Making Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, The Biggest Family Album in Australia Collection
Primary Classification: TRADES
Secondary Classification: Undertaking
People Depicted: Holdsworth, Josiah; Holdsworth, Arthur Josiah; Holdsworth (nee Allison), Mary Louisa
Organisations Depicted: J. Holdsworth & E.W. Allison; Furnishing Undertaker
Format: Negative: Black & White; 35 mm
Place & Date Depicted: Carlton, Victoria, Australia, circa 1888

Contributor information suggested a date of 1888. The Sands & McDougall Directories first list Josiah Holdsworth at 366 Lygon Street in 1889 but the directories were published in January each year, using information collected and compiled in November-December of the previous year, so it is possible the photo could have been taken in 1888. The last year Holdsworth is listed is 1894.


Ian Holdsworth Posted on 29 Nov 2011 1:24 PM
Josiah and Mary Louisa Holdsworth are my Great Grandparents and I think they were married in 1870? I would love to get a copy of this photo if possible, as I don't know much about my Great Grandparents and the rest of my family would like to see this photo.
Discovery Centre Posted on 29 Nov 2011 4:28 PM
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Hello Ian - you are welcome to use the image 'as is' from the website for personal use, however if you wish to have your own higher resolution image as a digital file you can request this via our Image request form at http://museumvictoria.com.au/discoverycentre/ask-us-a-question/image-requests/
Bob GORDON Posted on 31 Dec 2011 5:57 PM
Hello Ian,
Are you related to Graeme and Sandra Holdsworth? They were my neighbours in Greensborough Vic about 30 years ago. Graeme told me about the "neat" building still standing in Lygon st Carlton belonging to his family.
Ian Holdsworth Posted on 17 Jan 2012 2:23 PM
Hi Bob,
I was talking to my Dad, the other day about this photo and he said that he had heard of a Sandra Holdsworth who was relative. I would like to speak to Graeme and Sandra, if possible as I don't know much about the Holdsworth Family due to a falling out in the family in the 1930's or 1940's.
Bob GORDON Posted on 17 Jan 2012 5:47 PM
If you send me an e-mail address I will provide you with as much info as I have
Regards - Bob
Tina ROBINSON Posted on 13 May 2012 9:56 PM
Hello Ian and Bob. Ian your Great Grandmother Mary Louisa HOLDSWORTH'S maiden name was ALLISON. She was one of 44, 1st generation Australian born ALLISON cousins descending from five English born ALLISON brother's who migrated to Australia in the 1850s (Edward William, Henry, James, Joseph & John). All the brothers started Funeral Businesses, two of which are still operating today in Melbourne today.

I am a 4th generation ALLISON doing a family history and would like to speak with you and also see how you went locating Sandra & Graeme HOLDSWORTH.
Discovery Centre Posted on 14 May 2012 10:18 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
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Bob GORDON Posted on 01 Jun 2012 9:18 PM
Hello Tina,
Are you related to Rob Allison? Allison/Monkhouse. My late father in law was in the soume military unit as Rob Allison, they both worked in Rotary for many years.
Sandra Holdsworth Posted on 15 Jun 2012 3:56 PM
I would like to contact Ian Holdsworth as Josiah and Mary Louisa are also my great grandparents.
Glen Dunstan Posted on 27 Feb 2013 6:39 PM
Hi Ian and Tina,
I am the Great Great Grandson of Josiah Holdsworth. My Mother Jean Holdsworth Dunstan is the eldest grandchild of Arthur Josiah Holdsworth and only child of Frank David Holdsworth killed during WW2 whilst flying on secondment to the Royal Air Force on the 8th September 1943 (on take-off from RAF station Hurn. Jean knows a little about Josiah's Naval history including his involvement in the Royal Naval action in 1882 at Alexandria, Egypt. She is still alive and interested in the family history.
Glen Dunstan
John Allison Posted on 14 Jun 2013 3:51 PM
Hi Glen and Ian
Mary Louisa Holdsworth nee Allison is my Great Great Grandmothers 1st Cousin. I would be gratefully if you could contact me or Tina
I am in contact with TIna
Vickie Owen Posted on 13 Oct 2014 8:37 PM
My name is Vickie Owen. I am trying to find the funeral records of my brother who supposedly died in 1959. There is some conflicting information from the Women's Hospital and unfortunately because all records of the hospital prior to 1960 have been destroyed. The undertaker was A. Holdsworth and the Minister was N. Holdworth. I would like to obtain copies of the funeral records as my parents did not make the arrangements, nor were they every provided with any paperwork. Can anyone help?

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