My grandmother was a member of this Holden family and I have quite a lot of information on the Holdens, but littel on Mary Ann - notice she was Mary Ann Dixon nee Wheewall
Henry James 1859 - 1926; born 18/7/1859 Kensington Park, d 6/3/1926.buried Payneham SA; occupation : Saddler, Coachbuilder, Merchant, Mayor. resident Kensington Park, Norwood SA religion Baptist. ,married 1881 SA Mary Ann Dixon nee Wheewall dau William, b 16/31860 d 1926. Issue:
Edward Wheewall 1885-1947; <356 391>
Sir Edward Wheewall Holden. (1885-1947) Motor Car manufacturer, b 14/9/1885 in Adelaide, educated at Prince Alfred College and Adelaide University (BSc, 1905) Joined his father in business and a company entitled Holden’s Motor Body Builders was established in 1917. It was re-formed in 1921, Holden retaining the position of managing director. Operations were transferred to Woodville SA in 1923 and production rose to 46,000 bodies annually. In 1931, f0ollowing amalgamation with General Motors(Aust) Pty Ltd the business became known as General Motors-Holden’s Ltd. In 1948 it commenced manufacture of the Holden, the first car mass produced in Australia.
He was a director of various companies and of the Bank of Adelaide; he was chairman of the South Australian Brush Company and the Alma Show Company and Australian Cotton Textile Industries, and president of the South Australian Chamber of Commerce, the South Australian Chamber of Manufacturers and the Associated Chamber of Manufacturers of Australia, He was also foundation director and first chairman of the South Australian Industries Assistance Corporation and chairman of the State committee of the Council for Scientific and industrial Research.
He represented Central District No 1 in the Legislative Council 1935-1947, and was appointed Controller-General of the Australian Army Canteen Service early in World War ll. He was knighted in 1964 and died on 17 June 1947. In March 1908 he married Hilda May Lavis, who survived him with a son and 2 daughters. < Ref: Obituary Advertiser Adel.18 /6/1947; R S Whittington “ The family behind the Holden” A M 21/9/1954; Frank S Daley “The Holden Saga” Vic Hist. Mag. vol 38 May 1967>
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