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.
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 elected at a by-election on 11 April 1927, created by the death of Arthur Field. 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; 6 December 1937 p. 8
Sydney Morning Herald 22 December 1955