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Thomas Venables Holland


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Papers of Thomas Venables Holland, consisting of reminiscences, notes, printed material, certificates and letters written during his time with the Royal Australian Airforce.

Thomas Venables Holland (1921-2006) grew up in Adelaide between the two World Wars and during the Great Depression.

As a boy and young person Thomas was a scholar at Prince Alfred College, a chorister, musician, thespian, Sunday School teacher and cadet.

As an adult he became an Airman during World War II receiving his wings on his 21st Birthday after training in Africa and embarked on many successful missions.

Post-War he became a flight instructor, a scholar again at Sydney University, a husband and father. In 1950 he commenced a 30 year career as a Diplomat. He was a philanthropist and humanist, he and his wife June offering meaningful help to those in need.

Between 2001 and 2005 Thomas Holland donated his childhood books and games to the State Library of South Australia. These are rare examples of a boy's reading and play interests from the 1920s and 1930s. All the books are inscribed, some from Grandma or 'Father Christmas' whilst one is inscribed by Tommy himself, aged 5.

These pieces came to the State Library of South Australia following a collaboration between knowledgeable and attentive people resulting in the exhibiting of this rare collection and connecting us to the life story of this gentleman.

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