Mid North Coast Pioneers - Newcastle to Lismore and beyond

Rudolphe Herbert HOLLEAge: 80 years18891969

Name
Rudolphe Herbert HOLLE
Given names
Rudolphe Herbert
Surname
HOLLE
Publication: Email from Jan Gregory to Stuart Gregory of 15 July, 2005
Birth about 1889 25
Citation details: 2827/1889 HOLLE RUDOLF H HERBERT G MARY SYDNEY
Quality of data: secondary evidence
Publication: Email from Jan Gregory to Stuart Gregory of 15 July, 2005
Education
St Andrews Choir School

Marriage of parentsHerbert George HOLLEMary Ann GREENView this family
about 1889
Citation details: 2578/1889 HOLLE HERBERT G GREEN MARY A NEWTOWN
Quality of data: secondary evidence
Death of a paternal grandfatherJohn Frederick HOLLE
February 23, 1892 (Age 3 years)
Address: At his residence ""Arrenkamp".
Citation details: 3146/1892 HOLLE JOHN F UNKNOWN UNKNOWN BOWRAL
Publication: Sydney, NSW, Australia. Fairfax Ltd.
Citation details: Thursday 25 February 1892, page 1
Holle - John Frederick - Death Notice
Holle - John Frederick - Death Notice

Note: Downloaded from Trove.

Burial of a paternal grandfatherJohn Frederick HOLLE
February 26, 1892 (Age 3 years)
Citation details: 9 May 2016
Text:

THE Oxley family were awarded land grants totalling 5000 acres in the parishes of Mittagong and Berrima.

The first of these grants was made to surveyor and explorer John Oxley in 1823.

It was through this Oxley land that the southern railway was built in the 1860s and the township of Bowral was established on subdivisions of the Oxley estate.

On the opposite side of the railway line from the township, Oxley land stretched from the western ridge of Mt Gibraltar to the Wingecarribee River.

Some of this land was sub-divided for sale in 1880. Five lots, totalling 240 acres, were purchased by John Frederick Holle.

Named Arrenkamp, his land extended from Centennial Rd, across present-day Boronia St, and almost to the top of the Gibraltar ridge.

Centennial Rd was at that time known as the Bowral-Berrima Road, it being the only vehicular track between the two towns.

In the early 1900s Holle's property was purchased by Miss Nellie Brenan and it became one of Bowral's most exclusive guesthouse farms.

From 1948 it was absorbed into the Bowral Country Golf Club.

The following is the story of Arrenkamp and its owners.

Holle, the purchaser of the property in 1880, was a German immigrant. A resident in Sydney's eastern suburbs, his trade was that of merchant tailor.

He married Catherine McElheray at St James Church, Sydney in 1846 and was naturalised in 1850.

Having prospered with his business in Sydney, it seems he, like many others, was attracted by the invigorating Highlands climate. He had a sister living in Arrenkamp, Germany. This may have been his home town or had special significance to him, as he gave that town's name to his Bowral property.

He immediately set about turning the bushland property into a fine country estate. He had the land cleared and fenced, established an orchard and gardens, built a dairy and stables, and erected a cottage residence and out-buildings.

By January 1885 the Arrenkamp estate was sufficiently established for Holle to be advertising locally for "a respectable youth to groom, drive, and be generally useful".

TWO years later Arrenkamp was advertised for sale by auction in the Sydney Morning Herald of 9 March 1887. The agents, Richardson & Wrench, described it as follows:

"Charming cottage residence with 250 acres of park-like land situated on the Berrima Road about one mile from Bowral Railway Station.

The land rises gently from the road frontage towards the back part of the estate, where is found a ridge of rocks valuable in building stones and sand.

The cottage occupies an elevated position and is surrounded by a well laid out garden. It contains entrance hall, six rooms, pantry, kitchen, bathroom, servant's room etc, has verandahs on three sides, and an abundant supply of water.

There is a gardener's cottage and dairy, 3-stall stable, coach-house, barn and other outbuildings. The orchard is of some years standing and the kitchen garden is well stocked.

This choice estate adjoins the well-known properties belonging to Colonel Roberts, A H Maxwell Esq, the Hon F M Darley, Chief Justice, Ben M Osborne Esq, and can be recommended as a very desirable residence as well as a profitable speculation by a subdivision in the near future."

Perhaps due to the 1890s depression, the Arrenkamp estate was not sold. Holle remained in possession and advertised locally in October 1890 for good plasterers, having begun construction of a substantial new exclusive residence.

A uniquely designed, large two-storey building, reminiscent perhaps of structures from his German homeland, took shape. Unfortunately Holle did not enjoy it for long, as he died at Bowral in 1892. His funeral departed from Sydney's Central Railway Station for Waverley Cemetery.

His wife Catherine was named in his will as heir.

The Arrenkamp estate was immediately offered for sale again.

The advertisements described the new building as a two-storey, cemented brick residence with iron roof, containing a large hall, 11 bedrooms, kitchen and bathrooms plus stabling etc at rear, situated on 43 acres of cultivated land and gardens.

As well, the property included 10 other lots ranging from 14 to 28 acres.

The Bowral Free Press reported on 8 October 1892: "Messrs Richardson and Wrench will offer for sale the splendid property of the late Mr J F Holle, Bowral. The property adjoins Centennial Park, and consequently is a nice walk to Bowral. It should prove a grand opportunity for investors."

Once again no sale eventuated and widow Catherine Holle continued in residence with staff including farm hands, housemaid and cook.

Citation details: 3 April 2017
Text:

In part:

"As a result I went searching Waverley Cemetery for his grave and fluked it walking down one of the roads."

Citation details: Friday 26 February 1892, page 8
Holle - John Frederick - Funeral Notice.
Holle - John Frederick - Funeral Notice.

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Holle - John Frederick and Catherine
Holle - John Frederick and Catherine

Note: Image kindly provided by Matthew Holle.

Birth of a brotherHerman George HOLLE
about 1893 (Age 4 years)
Citation details: 38161/1893 HOLLE HERMAN G HERBERT G MARY A WAVERLEY
Quality of data: secondary evidence
Birth of a brotherTheodore Archibald HOLLE
about 1895 (Age 6 years)
Citation details: 6295/1895 HOLLE THEODORE A HERBERT G MARY A PADDINGTON
Quality of data: secondary evidence
Birth of a brotherJohn L HOLLE
about 1897 (Age 8 years)
Citation details: 6295/1895 HOLLE THEODORE A HERBERT G MARY A PADDINGTON
Quality of data: secondary evidence
Death of a paternal grandmotherCatherine McELHERAN
April 11, 1905 (Age 16 years)
Citation details: 5675/1905 HOLLE CATHERINE JOHN -- MARRICKVILLE
Publication: Sydney; 1871 - 1912
Citation details: Wednesday 19 April 1905, page 1017
Holle - Catherine - Death Notice.
Holle - Catherine - Death Notice.

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Burial of a paternal grandmotherCatherine McELHERAN
April 12, 1905 (Age 16 years)
Citation details: 3 April 2017
Text:

In part:

"As a result I went searching Waverley Cemetery for his grave and fluked it walking down one of the roads."

Citation details: Wednesday 12 April 1905, page 14
Holle - Catherine - Funeral Notice
Holle - Catherine - Funeral Notice

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Holle - John Frederick and Catherine
Holle - John Frederick and Catherine

Note: Image kindly provided by Matthew Holle.

MarriageVera May Australia HITCHENView this family
1915 (Age 26 years)
Citation details: 8875/1915 HOLLE RUDOLPH H HITCHEN VERA M A SYDNEY
Quality of data: secondary evidence
Marriage of a siblingTheodore Archibald HOLLEAileen Alice EVESView this family
about 1919 (Age 30 years)
Citation details: 3700/1919 HOLLE THEODORE A EVES AILEEN A SYDNEY
Quality of data: secondary evidence
Citation details: 3 August 2009
Text:

In part:

"Hi Stuart,

Thanks for your reply. As you can see from my surname I'm part of the same Holle's you mention on your site. My link is through Theodore A. Holle and Aileen A. Holle who were my paternal grandparents. The lineage from them is;

Theodore Archibald Holle (Died 10 Feb. 1978, Age 83) married Aileen Alice Holle (Died 19 August 1984, aged 88).

They had 4 children;

Ronald Holle (died c. 2002) Doreen Holle (died c. 1972) Noel Arthur Holle (born November 1924, died Port Macquarie, March 15 1993, aged 69)"

Marriage of a siblingHerman George HOLLEDoris BRIGHTONView this family
about 1928 (Age 39 years)
Citation details: 5674/1928 HOLLE HERMAN G BRIGHTON DORIS DRUMMOYNE
Quality of data: secondary evidence
DivorceVera May Australia HITCHENView this family
1934 (Age 45 years)

MarriageLily Elizabeth Rigby PRUDENCEView this family
1934 (Age 45 years)
Publication: Email from Jan Gregory to Stuart Gregory of 15 July, 2005
Citation details: Page 13
Quality of data: secondary evidence
Death of a fatherHerbert George HOLLE
about 1943 (Age 54 years)
Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 8247/1943 HOLLE HERBERT GEORGE JOHN FREDERICK CATHERINE BURWOOD
Death of a wifeVera May Australia HITCHEN
about 1946 (Age 57 years)
Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 17112/1946 HOLLE VERA MAY AUSTRALIA THOMAS SARAH DRUMMOYNE
Quality of data: secondary evidence
Death of a brotherHerman George HOLLE
about 1966 (Age 77 years)
Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 17289/1966 HOLLE HERMAN GEORGE HERBERT GEORGE MARY ANN ST LEONARDS
Quality of data: secondary evidence
Occupation
tailor having been introduced to the trade in England

Note: He returned from England, entered his grandfather's tailoring business and continued to work as a tailor in Sydney until his retirment.
ResidenceVera May Australia HITCHENView this family

Travel
to England to visit relatives following his schooling

Death October 2, 1969 (Age 80 years)
Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 37836/1969 HOLLE RUDOLPH HERBERT HERBERT GEORGE MARY ANN ST LEONARDS
Quality of data: secondary evidence
Publication: Email from Jan Gregory to Stuart Gregory of 15 July, 2005
Family with parents - View this family
father
mother
Marriage: about 1889Newtown, New South Wales, Australia
1 year
himself
5 years
younger brother
Herman George HOLLE
Birth: about 1893 29Waverley, New South Wales, Australia
Death: about 1966St. Leonards, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
younger brother
3 years
younger brother
Family with Vera May Australia HITCHEN - View this family
himself
ex-wife
Marriage: 1915Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Divorce: 1934
daughter
Private
daughter
Private
son
Private
Family with Lily Elizabeth Rigby PRUDENCE - View this family
himself
wife
Marriage: 1934Manly, New South Wales, Australia
daughter
Private

BirthBirths registered in New South Wales.
Citation details: 2827/1889 HOLLE RUDOLF H HERBERT G MARY SYDNEY
Quality of data: secondary evidence
BirthThe Gregory Family Tree as at 15 July, 2005
Publication: Email from Jan Gregory to Stuart Gregory of 15 July, 2005
MarriageMarriages registered in New South Wales.
Citation details: 8875/1915 HOLLE RUDOLPH H HITCHEN VERA M A SYDNEY
Quality of data: secondary evidence
MarriageThe Gregory Family Tree as at 15 July, 2005
Publication: Email from Jan Gregory to Stuart Gregory of 15 July, 2005
Citation details: Page 13
Quality of data: secondary evidence
NameThe Gregory Family Tree as at 15 July, 2005
Publication: Email from Jan Gregory to Stuart Gregory of 15 July, 2005
DeathDeaths Registered in New South Wales
Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 37836/1969 HOLLE RUDOLPH HERBERT HERBERT GEORGE MARY ANN ST LEONARDS
Quality of data: secondary evidence
DeathThe Gregory Family Tree as at 15 July, 2005
Publication: Email from Jan Gregory to Stuart Gregory of 15 July, 2005