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THE PARISH OF HOLDEN, NEAR DIGGERS REST, VIC., AUST, WAS NAMED AFTER CAPTAIN CHARLES HOLDEN OF THE 51ST REGIMENT.

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George Evans was one of Victoria's earliest settlers. He married Anne Holden in 1843.
GEORGE EVANS' MARRIAGE RECORD.
EVANS George Marriage HOLDEN, Anne, 1843, 381/1843

No details of her parents' names were provided on her death record.
EVANS Ann Death
parents' names: UNKNOWN
place of death: Sbury, 67, 1893, 3948/1893

EVANS — On the 12th inst., at the residence of her son, Emu Bottom, Sunbury, Anne, relict of the late George Evans, Queen-street, West Melbourne, aged 67 years. R.I.P. (P.2, The Herald, 13-1-1893.)


I have often wondered if the parish of Holden near Diggers Rest was named in honour of George's wife. It seems that it wasn't.

SHIRE OF MELTON HERITAGE STUDY
https://www.melton.vic.gov.au › volume-1-2-6
DOC
King notes that Bourke named Mt Aitken after John Aitken, and Mt Holden at Sunbury after Captain Holden, one of the party. Presumably this 'bare hill' was ...
Extract from page 8 of the study.
King notes that Bourke named Mt Aitken after John Aitken, and Mt Holden at Sunbury after Captain Holden, one of the party. Presumably this ‘bare hill’ was subsequently responsible for the naming of the Parish of Holden, which it overlooks, and consequently the ‘Holden Road’, which connects the Shire of Melton with what was the original Holden village reserve, and later a small farming district, on Jacksons Creek.

Captain Holden was most likely Captain Charles Holden.
https://www.freesettlerorfelon.com/convict_ship...
Extract.
Departure
The Westmoreland departed Dublin on 27 April 1838. Thirty-six convicts were under the age of 16. One was only ten years old.
CABIN PASSENGERS
Cabin Passengers included Captain Charles Holden and Ensign Arthur Carlos Henry Rumbold of the 51st regiment. Seven free settlers including Michael Hickey age 17 and John McNamara (both mentioned in the surgeon's journal).
MILITARY GUARD
Steerage passengers included - 32 rank and file of the 51st and 80th regiments, six women and five children.

The 51st regiment had a variety of names.
https://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-1650055218/view
51st Regiment: Yorkshire Light Infantry (Kings Own)

https://en.wikipedia.org/.../List_of_British_Army...
4th (King's Own) 1832-1837 New South Wales, Western Australia, Victoria and Tasmania.[13][30]

The regiment only served until 1837 which would make it possible for Captain Charles Holden to accompany Sir Richard Bourke on his tour which included a visit to John Aitken at Mt Aitken (named by the Governor) and still be back in Ireland in time to board the Westmoreland by 27-4-1838. Governor Bourke left New South Wales in December 1837 to return to his estate in Ireland. Might Captain Charles Holden have acted as his aide, with a new post on the Westmoreland already arranged?

The Westmoreland article offers the only proof that Captain Holden actually had a christian name and that it wasn't a state secret. A history blog about Melbourne's south western suburbs reproduced extracts from the diary quoted in the Melton Heritage Study, providing the source which I found on Trove in the hope of finding mention of Captain Holden's given name.

THE SETTLEMENT OF PORT PHILLIP.
————❖————
Those who take an interest in the early days of this colony will welcome the following extracts from the diary of the late
Admiral King R.N., F.R.S., F.R.A.S., F.L.S., who, as Captain King, accompanied Sir Richard Bourke, governor of New South
Wales, when he visited Port Phillip in 1837, to decide upon a site for a township, and to put the settlement generally " upon its legs." (P.4, Argus, 19-2-1881.)

A large part of the diary extracts dealt with William Buckley's memories. Captain Holden was only mentioned in these passages.
MARCH 5TH. (AT END) " The day before the Governor went on shore he invited Captain Hobson and myself to accompany him in his inland journey. He says there will be no difficulty about horses, but I doubt it. I believe we shall take a cart or two with us.
MARCH 6.Detained on board all day by heavy rain.
" Loaded the heavy dray on the 8th, and found much difficulty in getting the bullocks to start. They belonged to Mr. Ebden.
There was no shafter among them. On the 9th, having despatched the cart with our personal baggage, the party set off. It con-
sisted of the Governor, Hunter, Holden, Hobson, and myself, with Buckley."

The party went south to Geelong and then headed north.

" The next morning the tents being struck, we proceeded to the N.E., in search of a station belonging to Mr. Sams, to obtain in-
formation for the best road to Mount Macedon. In front a bare hill, offering an opportunity of obtaining a good view, Mr. Holden(after whom His Excellency named the hill) accompanied me and assisted me in procuring an extensive set of angles, which, from the magnetic quality of the rock, led me at first, in laying them down on the plan, into some difficulty. Hence we saw several huts on the banks of the Saltwater River, or Darekeberran, and proceeding thither we reached it at an early hour. We found several settlers living here for the advantage of mutual protection. Mr. Sams was absent, and none knew very well the situation at which Mr. Aitken, who we were in search of, resided. A young man named Jackson very obligingly undertook to guide us, and after some considerable trouble we found it, and subsequently brought the dray and pitched our tents."

I believe the extracts in the article were edited by Shillinglaw and the heritage consultants had consulted the actual diary which must have named Holden as Captain Holden.

This is the only other source which indicates that Captain Holden could have been Captain Charles Holden.There is no indication of where he was when he decided to go onto half pay.

ENGLISH EXTRACTS.
MLITARY APPOINTMENTS AND PROMOTIONS. (14th and 17th November, 1843.)
Extract.
51st—Captain E. Woolley, from half pay unattached, to be Captain, vice C. Holden, who exchanges.
(Two papers- links: https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/12408984 ; https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/8754096 )

Surnames: AITKEN EVANS HOLDEN JACKSON SAMS
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by itellya on 2022-11-22 10:13:37

As the map doesn't seem to zoom, I'll try to provide a link.
HOLDEN PARISH MAP

by itellya on 2022-11-23 02:23:17

The Mr Sams mentioned in the diary might have been Alexander Simm, grantee of section 6 parish of Holden. To see my journal about him copy the following link into your search bar. https://www.familytreecircles.com/alexander-sim-the-younger-settler-grantee-of-section-6-parish-of-holden-near-sunbury-vic-aust-67369.html

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