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John Leonard Holland

John Leonard Holland

7th September 1937 - 28th September 2023


John passed peacefully at Arcare Castlemaine.

Devoted husband to Pauline (dec).

Much loved father and father in law to Jane and Mark, Melinda and Tony.

Proud and loving Poppy to Jaida, Millie and Christian.

Special great Poppy to Salvador.

Friend to Paul, Hunter, Nic and Carly.

Loving brother to Bruce (dec), Barbara and Max.


Dad, a life well lived is like a powerful work of art, beautifully created and remembered by all.

You were kind, creative, loyal, intelligent, tenacious and truly an original.

Your love and absolute pride in your 3 grandchildren was a gift.  You had a unique and special relationship with each.

It was lovely to see your delight in your great grandson Salvador.

You introduced me to the world, its history and its wonders, everything was possible.

You joined our family on so many adventures, these memories are ours forever.  You are now on your final journey.

Forever in our hearts.

Jane and Mark


Dad, I was so lucky to have had you as my father. I will always treasure the time we spent together.

Your kindness, patience, creativity and wisdom I will always remember.

Thank you for sharing your love of art, music and design with me.

It has been an absolute honor to have spent quality time with you in recent years.

You were one of a kind dad, a truly special individual.

Tony and I will miss you every day.

Loved always,

Melinda and Tony


Poppy, you were always there for me.  I will miss you dearly and treasure the memories we made.

Watching you become a “Great” grandfather was such an honour, thank you for loving Salvador.


Jaida, Paul and Salvador.


Time although it has taken you from me has forever left me with your legacy.

You made me who I am, inspired my creativity and taught me kindness. 

I will follow now in your footsteps.  I love you Poppy.




Your presence we will miss, your memory we will treasure,

loving you always, forgetting you never.

Thank you for being such a kind and loving grandfather.

I will always cherish our special memories.

Remembered with love,

Millie and Hunter 


To the staff at Arcare Castlemaine.

Your kindness, compassion and genuine care were truly appreciated by John and family.

Thank you for all that you do.



A Service of Thanksgiving for John's life will be held in Christ Church Anglican Church, Mostyn Street,

Castlemaine on Monday 16th October commencing at 1.30pm.

A private cremation will follow.


After the service you are warmly invited to stay and join John's family for light refreshments in the Church hall.


23 responses to “John Leonard Holland”

  1. Barbara Holland says:

    John Leonard Holland 86 years
    Dearly loved brother of Barbara, friend of Dick, respected Uncle of Mark, Neal and Janine.
    Great Uncle of Jordyn, Lili Pearl, Kaitlyn, Breanna and Aleysha.
    John was a gentleman and a gentle man, a caring family man, a talented artist, a dedicated teacher,
    a scholarly historian and a true lover of literature and music.
    We honour his memory and his valuable contribution to our lives and his community.
    Barbara Holland

  2. Bill Farrell says:

    John was a loved and special nephew to Gwen. He made her glow.
    Jim and family have fond memories of John and are all saddened at his passing.
    To John’s family, and to Barbara and Max and their families, we offer our condolences.
    Bill Farrell

  3. Geoff & Judy Holland says:

    Deepest condolences to Melinda and Jane, Max and Barbara and their families on John’s passing.
    His constant prioritising of family extended to being the keynote speaker on family history at the Holland Reunion, held some years ago.
    A calm, gentle man who was so approachable and caring.
    Rest peacefully John.
    Geoff and Judy Holland

  4. Catherine McNamara-Wren says:

    Loved and respected ‘big’ cousin to Catherine.
    Grateful for all his assistance in researching our family history given so generously by John.
    A lovely gentle man.
    Condolences to all his family.
    Catherine McNamara-Wren

  5. Ron Holland says:

    As the oldest of our generation John set an example to all his younger relatives with his kind and caring nature.
    His research into our family genealogy will forever be a valued memory for generations of younger Holland families to keep.
    His talents as an artist are admired by all and his wonderful depiction of the grading shed and workshop at Guidervale are a treasured memento for all family members.
    Rest In Peace, John.
    Ron Holland

  6. Jamie Johnson says:

    As a past student from Castlemaine Tech, my memories of John are of kindness, integrity and of having genuine concern for his students.
    I shall forever be grateful for the impact he had on me as an awkward and naive teenager… sometimes going above and beyond to guide me through.
    A lovely man.
    Jamie Johnson

  7. Ross Newton says:

    Also one of the Flock of Art Students from the Technical College years, I am greatly saddened by John’s departure to Grander Dwellings, however in his wake he leaves an entire community and family all greatly enhanced by the life of this truly unique Family man and loyal supporter of the greater Goldfields and Arts region of Victoria. I know the regard that we always have for each other was again underlined as we sat together in his new residences at the foot of McKenzie’s Hill only months earlier.
    Forever respected and full condolences to all family members.
    Ross Newton

  8. Marie Colbert says:

    Casey family.
    John was a loved and respected nephew to our mother, Rita.
    Our thoughts and deepest sympathy to all his family.
    Rest in Peace John.
    Marie Colbert

  9. Neil Tait says:

    Fond memories flooding back from the old days at the Tech,
    With black pen script you were the best,
    Such a joy to watch with Sable brush in hand,
    You were always such a caring & knowledgeable man.
    The teacher, scholar, historian, craftsman the list of skills is so long.
    Your legacy will last for years to come , I’m indebted to you for so may things.
    Sincere Condolences to Jane, Melinda and families.
    Neil Tait

  10. Ms. Judy Lloyd says:

    Sincere and thoughtful memories of my long tenure with the Holland family for many years.
    John was a talented teacher with a kindly interest in his students.
    He was a fountain of information on history especially local history of the town in which he lived.
    His talents and draftsmanship added to many restorations and new buildings in the landscape.
    He could tell amazing stories and was a loving husband to Pauline (dec.) and proud father to his daughters, Jane and Melinda and their families.
    I offer my respectful condolences to all the Holland Family, especially my dear friend Barbara.
    Vale John
    – Judy Lloyd

  11. Annette Fredrickson says:

    How sad to hear that John has passed on.
    He leaves us all with amazing memories both as a Teacher and a Friend.
    If he knew you, he would always make time to chat and catch up.
    Sending my deepest sympathy to all Johns family and friends may he rest in peace.
    Love ❤️ Buttsy and Family

  12. Kara Rixon says:

    To Melinda, Tony, Millie & Family,
    thinking of you all on the passing of your dear dad and Grandfather.
    Much love Kara, Shawn, Archie and Ella xxxx

  13. Emma Murley says:

    Dearest Mr Holland.
    Fond memories of you as my art teacher at tech school.
    Such a beautiful man, to whom I have the greatest respect.
    May you rest in peace with your lovely wife.
    Condolences to Melinda, Tony, Milly and surrounded families.
    Emma and Brett Murley xx

  14. Sophia and Bob Holm says:

    Bob and I share in our happy memories of John teacher and avid corresponder after Pauline’s death.
    We would go out and sketch when he was in Hervey Bay holidaying. The movie were a favourite as was sharing books and newspaper articles from Castlemaine, ot subject he consideredworthy of discussion. We loved these times, and miss his visits north.
    His handwriting was beautiful and we looked forward to his correspondence.
    A good friend who had a fabulous life.
    Sincere Condolences to Jane, Melinda and families.
    Sophia and Bob (Robert) Holm.

  15. David Gawne says:

    John was the fulcrum for our Holland family history research, a teacher ,a family man and the Patriarch of our common Holland family.
    Vale John he was a special and considerate individual.
    Dave Gawne

  16. Olga Massouridis says:

    Our Sincere Condolences for the loss of your father, grandfather and great father and friend.
    May he Rest In Peace and his memory be Eternal.

    With deepest respect,
    Spiro, Olga, Nikolas and Kristian

  17. Max Holland says:

    Dearly loved brother of Max and brother-in-law of Anna, loved and respected Uncle of David, Julie and Murray and Great Uncle of Maddie, Brooke and Harry.

    John gave wonderful support to his immediate and wider family and to the community of Castlemaine, where he chose to live his entire life.
    His interests included Art, History, Cinema, Politics and Travelling, and he was stimulating and comfortable company.

    He will be greatly missed.

  18. Pat Grumont says:

    The Buda Community extends its deepest condolences to the Holland family on the passing of John.
    It was always wonderful to be with John at Buda, sharing his memories.

  19. Julia Tisdall says:

    We are so sad to hear of your Dear Dads passing. Our heartfelt sorrow from us to you. Melinda, ‘What a wonderful daughter you were.’
    Always close at hand. Your father adored you. It was a true honour to witness You, Tony and Milly’s care for him. Thinking of you all constantly.
    Love from Julia, Roddie and Family in New Zealand.

  20. Bruce Corrie says:

    John Holland

    Lifetime friends of Ian and Lesley Corrie (both dec).
    Godfather to Lyn and “Uncle” to Bruce, Karen and Stephen.

    In all of these rolls you proved to be remarkably caring, giving, patient and above all else kind.
    The friendship between Ian and John went back over 60 years, from shared interests in their teens until Ian’s death ten years ago.
    This friendship extended to both families with both Pauline and Lesley as children came along.
    Throughout the decades, the family contact varied, as the Corries tended to move around quite a bit, but the friendship always
    remained strong and one that could always be depended upon.
    John’s efforts to regularly check and call in on Mum in the last ten years were greatly appreciated by her and the rest of our family.
    John’s creativity and love of many Arts was a shared bond with Lesley and one that gave them both great joy.

    Vale John – greatly missed and cherished by us all.

    The Corrie’s

  21. Glenn Braybrook says:

    John was a much loved and respected teacher to all who attended Castlemaine Tech during his time there. He cared for us all and was always supportive.
    My deepest condolences to his family and friends.
    Glenn Braybrook.

  22. Glenn White says:

    John was a rare individual. His talent for art, particularly drawing, was evident through the numerous times he shared his sketchbooks with me and discussed elements of how each finished piece came to be. I learnt later that he would come down to the Macoolama studios each year and wander through mine and my partner’s artwork and offer positive feedback. He had all the traits of a strong teacher – an open mind, the ability to both instruct and listen and had a curiosity of approach, always inquisitive and genuinely interested in what people were saying to him. I had no hesitation sharing examples of my work to John, who was keen to share his interpretations and ideas in return. John understood life to be a never-ending learning pathway and he would study the paper and have a chat to all who were around when he’d come down for coffees.
    He gave me the feeling he was always relaxed, at ease and had a mature and knowledgeable outlook on life. He was a shining example of how a well rounded, noble individual carries themselves and his influence on those around him was profound.
    John was a great friend to me at Arcare and someone I respected deeply.
    He will be sorely missed.
    Glenn White

  23. Allan Weatherall says:

    So very sad to learn only today about the passing of my long term friend, teacher and artistic mentor.
    As one of my art teachers at Castlemaine tech, John’s early affirmation and encouragement of my talent set the direction of my life as a graphic designer, so I feel I owe him a deep debt of gratitude.
    Praying that he’s found God’s peace and that he’s marvelling at all the glorious designs in heaven.
    – Allan Weatherall

Funeral Details

Christ Church Castlemaine
8 Mostyn Street

16th October 2023 at 1:30 PM

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