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Sir Frederick Holder
Title : Sir Frederick Holder Sir Frederick Holder
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Date of creation : ca. 1890
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There have always been members of parliament who are devoutly religious, in a variety of faiths. Frederick Holder, Burra teacher and newspaper editor, entered South Australian Parliament representing his district in the House of Assembly in 1887. He defeated Thomas Playford to become Premier in 1892. Holder again became Premier in 1899, following the defeat of Charles Cameron Kingston. In 1901 he moved on to federal politics, and was elected first Speaker of the House of Representatives. He was knighted in 1902. Holder collapsed and died on the floor of the House, following a stormy all-night sitting, in 1909. He and his wife were devout Methodists. He was a lay preacher, regularly conducting services in country as well as city churches. He was also active in church administration, and a keen supporter of Methodist Union in 1900. The West Adelaide Methodist Church was re-named Holder Memorial Church after him.
Related names :

Holder, Frederick, Sir, 1850-1909

Kingston, Charles Cameron, 1850-1908

Playford, Thomas, 1837-1915

Holder Memorial Uniting Church (Mile End, S. Aust.)

Methodist Church in South Australia

South Australia. Parliament

Coverage year : 1890
Place : Adelaide (S. Aust.); Burra (S. Aust.)
Region : Mid North
Further reading :
'Brilliant life ended: death of Sir F.W. Holder', Register, 24 July 1909, p. 11 
'Death of Sir Frederick Holder: a great Christian statesman', Australian Christian Commonwealth, 30 July 1909, pp. 8-12
Harry, Ralph. 'Holder, Sir Frederick William (1850-1909)' Australian Dictionary of Biography, volume 9, Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1983, pp. 333-335
Mills, Alex. 'One nation under God?: the Christian contribution to Australian Federation', Church heritage, vol. 12, no. 41 (March 2001), pp. 1-16
'Uniting Churchmen in South Australian politics', Speakers corner, no. 2 (1986)
Internet links :
Australian Dictionary of Biography Online: search for Sir Frederick William Holder



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