More than 100 people attend Holz family reunion

Four Generations of Direct descendants of Leo and Aileen Holz gathered at Mitchells Flat Hall on Sunday.
Four Generations of Direct descendants of Leo and Aileen Holz gathered at Mitchells Flat Hall on Sunday.
Anne Farrell ( Sydney ), Dianne Lawrence and Maria Walker (both of Sedgefield ) who organised the reunion.

Anne Farrell ( Sydney ), Dianne Lawrence and Maria Walker (both of Sedgefield ) who organised the reunion.

On Sunday, February, 9 2020, it was 100th anniversary of the wedding of Alileen (Mossy)and Leo Holz. The couple were married at St Paul's Catholic Church, Glendon Brook, on February 9, 1920.

To mark the occasion a Holz family reunion was held at Mitchells Flat Hall. The event was attended by over 100 people travelling as far as Jervis Bay and brothers Leon and Ian Carrall driving from Queensland.

Linus Holz ( Singleton Heights ) and Moira Finnegan ( Stockton ) who are two of the surviving progeny of Leo and Aileen Holz.

Linus Holz ( Singleton Heights ) and Moira Finnegan ( Stockton ) who are two of the surviving progeny of Leo and Aileen Holz.

It is fitting the celebration was held at Mitchells Flat Hall (established 1941),as the land on which it stands was donated by Leo and Mossy for its construction

In a booklet prepared for the 100th celebrations it was noted five of Mossy and Leo's grandparents (Phillip Holz, Elizabeth Zell, Magdalena Brunner, Philipp Becker and Elizabeth Becker) all travelled on the same ship from Germany, the San Francisco, that arrived in Sydney in 1852.

Heinrich Holz and Margaretha (nee Shuck) Holz lived in Erbach on the Rhein River, Germany. Their son, Philipp, married Elizabeth Zell on 20.6.1842.

Macarthur had sent Australian recruiters to Germany to encourage grape vine dressers and specialist farmers to come to Australia, and Philipp and Elizabeth were sponsored by the owner of Trevallyn Vineyard (near Gresford,)

After 24 years, having paid their passage debt, they moved from Trevallyn in 1876. They then purchased a farm at Mitchells Flat for £800 from Mr Gaynor, naming it 'Holz View'. Phillip and Mary's first son, Leo, was Pop. Their other children were Josephine, Elizabeth, Bede, Henry, Doris and Gladys.