Author: Tony Holdich

The Holditch Colliery Disaster of 1937

“ONE of the most appalling disasters in the history of the North Staffordshire Coalfield occurred at the Brymbo Colliery, Chesterton, today.” That was how The Sentinel announced the terrible news of the catastrophe at Holditch Colliery, which was known as…

A Tragic Demise

The locations of our ancestors’ deaths are easy to discover from parish registers or indexes, but without help from a secondary source, be it a death certificate, newspaper report or spoken word, the exact circumstances of their demise is generally…

Wilcannia Celebrates 150th Anniversary

Whether they were long-time residents, returning home or just passing through, hundreds were drawn to Wilcannia in far west New South Wales, Australia to celebrate the town’s 150th anniversary. During its century and a half, Wilcannia has endured colonial lawlessness,…

A Visit To Dr Kenneth Holditch’s Home

The following article was reprinted with thanks to The New Orleans Advocate – March 2016   One could get lost for days in Dr. Kenneth Holditch’s home on Frenchmen Street in Faubourg Marigny. It would take a week or more…

Richard Holdych MP

In 1931, working from limited sources, Harold Adrian Holdich typed up notes on the family of Holdych of Fouldon, latterly Holdich of Ranworth and Didlington, Co Norfolk, AD 1250 -1650. His main sources as listed by him were: Francis Blomefield’s…

Annie Holdich (1860-1947)

  William, Charles, Alice, William, Arthur, Annie Mellows c1905 Annie was the daughter of Thomas White Holdich (b Peterborough 1809, one of the 7 surviving children of James and Margaret Holdich) and Sarah Rowell. In 1881 Annie married William Mellows,…

Holdych Targeted in Peasants’ Revolt

Juliet Barker in her excellent new book: England, Arise the People, The King & The Great Revolt of 1381 gives a very full, detailed and accurate narrative of an event popularly known to history as the Peasants’ Revolt. In this,…

Thomas & Ada Holdich – Wedding 1873

Account of the wedding of Thomas Holdich and Ada Vanrenen in a letter on paper headed Himalya Club Bheem Tal dated 21st June from Thomas himself to his sister Constance. The wedding took place on 17th June 1873. My dear…