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Biographical entry Holtze, Nicholas (c. 1868 - 1913)

c. 1868
Bunsk, Russia
24 May 1913
Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
Horticultural botanist and Public servant


Nicholas Holtze succeeded his father Maurice as the first official Curator of the Darwin Botanic Gardens. During his tenure he operated with greatly reduced financial resources. Hoping to make the Gardens self-supporting he continued the work conducted with Maurice of trialling crops with agricultural potential for the Northern Territory, including sisal, cotton and rice. He also continued the practice of distributing plants and cutting to local residents. Holtze held numerous positions in the civil administration of the Northern Territory including Inspector of Vine Fruit and Vegetables, Secretary and Accountant to the Government Resident, and Sheriff.



Life event - Migrated to Australia with his family
1891 - 1913
Career position - Curator, Darwin Botanic Gardens

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  • Bisa, Deborah, Remember me kindly: a history of the Holtze family in the Northern Territory (Casuarina, N.T.: Historical Society of the Northern Territory, 2016), 421 pp. Details


Helen Cohn