Former Burra mayor honoured

Regional Council of Goyder mayor Peter Mattey with the bust of former Burra mayor Sir Frederick William Holder, who has been honoured through a sculpture.

Regional Council of Goyder mayor Peter Mattey with the bust of former Burra mayor Sir Frederick William Holder, who has been honoured through a sculpture.

Former Burra mayor Sir Frederick William Holder has been honoured and remembered through the installation of a sculpture at the Regional Council of Goyder offices in Market Square, Burra.

Sir Frederick Holder (May 12,1850 - July 23, 1909) was an Australian politician who became Premier of South Australia from June to October 1892 and again from 1899 to 1901.

He was a prominent member of the inaugural Parliament of Australia following Federation in 1901 and was the first Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives.

As speaker he helped adapt the procedures of the Parliament of Westminster for the needs of Federal Parliament.

He is also an important part of Burra’s history, serving the town in many different roles between 1875 and 1891, including as mayor in 1887 and 1889.

In April 2014, the Burra History Group coordinated the unveiling of Holder Garden, located in Chapel Street, Burra, where an interpretive panel display can be viewed highlighting the achievements of the regionl’s significant forefather.

The bust of Sir Frederick Holder, created by Adelaide artist Michael Smerd, was on display at the Burra Art Gallery, and ws purchased by the council.

It is displayed on a plinth located in the council office foyer.