Richard Whateley Holmes



Richard Whateley Holmes was born on the 21st June 1863 to William Holmes and Caroline, née Whateley. He was christened at  St Thomas Birmingham 28th May 1865. He emigrated to Australia at age of 16, on the Le Hogue, as an assisted immigrant, arriving in Sydney 16th September 1869, joining his older brother George in Armidale, New South Wales, Australia, and Geprge had paid £2 pf the fare. He married Margaret Jennings, daughter of Michael Jennings and Susan, in 1887 in Armidale. Richard was a blacksmith at least from 1903-1915. In 1913-15 the business was called Richard W Holmes & Son. From 1916 to 1926 he lived at the Railway Hotel in Armidale (picture below), probably NOT as proprietor, like his brother, but remaining a blacksmith. In 1930 and 1936 he is at 58 Norton Street, Ashfield, NSW, as a blacksmith again. In 1912 he won a prize for his bulldog in Armidale.

Richard died in 1943 in Burwood, NSW, Margaret in about 1921 in Strathfield, Annandale, NSW. His will may be seen here, also see newspaper clipping below.

They had the following children: -

Mildred Holmes born 1887 in Armidale, died 1925 in Armidale. She married William J Gwynne in 1922 in Armidale, he died in1930 in Tamworth.

Ivy Holmes born 1888 in Armidale, died in 1952 in Burwood, NSW. She married Clement Frazer (probably originally

        Fraatz) in 1917 in Armidale. He died 1976 late of Marrickville’. He was a hairdresser.

Elsie Holmes born 1890 in Tamworth NSW, died 1949 Annandale, NSW. Her will is here.

Richard W Holmes born about December 1891, died 8.2.1892 aged 2 months, and was buried in Armidale Cemetery.

Amy Holmes born 1893 in Armidale, married Reginald Moraghan, son of Thomas Moraghan and Alice Twohig in 1915. Amy was baptised into the Catholic Church on 4th June 1915 at Cathedral Church of Saints Mary and Joseph, Armidale, her birth date was given as 27.5.1895, though it was clearly two years earlier.

        Amy died on 4th October 1968 in 25 Acacia Street, Belmore, NSW, and Reginald on 12th January 1986 in Sydney. They were both buried in the Catholic cemetery at Rookwood, Sydney. Reginald was a telegraphist and clerk in the 1930s. He apparently liked bicycle racing.


Doris Olga Moraghan born 1915 in Armidale, died 16.12.2003 late of Fairlight’. She married James Henry Street

     in 1942 at Armidale. He was born London in 1908. Children were Judith and Geoff Street. James died 1986.

Marjorie Irene Moraghan born1917 in Armidale, d after 2003. She married Wesley Alfred Hawkins in Canterbury NSW in 1945.

        Wesley died in 1993. They had two children, Paul who died before 1993, and John

Roy Allan Moraghan born 1.10.1918 in Armidale, died 27.11.2003 in Malabar. He married Thelma Beatrice Gray 1940 in Victoria, he had two children Craig and Carol. He divorced Thelma as per Sydney Morning Herald 3.12.1948, and he married

        Elizabeth Joyce Thorpe in 1951 in Wallsend. More about Roy/Ray

Pat Moraghan (probably Patricia) married Don McGregor

Frederick Holmes born 1895 in Armidale, died 16.1.1959 in Balmain, NSW He fought in the first world war, being invalided out. He was a grocer at that time.

          He was still living with his parents in 1930 and 1936 as a labourer.

Olga Holmes born 1902 in Armidale, died 3.8.1984 late of Ashfield’, married Harold Frank Thomlinson, an accountant, in 1922 in Armidale. They had (at least) one son

         Colin Thomlinson, born 7 Jul 1923 in Hobart Tasmania, and a cricketer for Balmain with an unusual action leading to being no-balled, who was often no-balled. Frank died 20.3.1942 in Ashfield, NSW, playing cricket, and Colin died in 1987.

         Olga remarried William Albert Nott in 1950 in Burwood, NSW.

         He died 18 Jun 1979 in Arthur Street, Ashfield, NSW. Olga died in 1984.

Allen Whateley Holmes born 1905 in Armidale, died 1962 in Newcastle NSW. He married Alice A Meehan in 1929 at Quirindi, NSW.


The Sydney Morning Herald, Friday 5 October 1951, p 13

The Railway Hotel, Armidale - modern picture

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