Harry Wolstenholme

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Harry Wolstenholme
Born (1868-06-21)21 June 1868
Maitland, New South Wales
Died 14 October 1930(1930-10-14)
Wahroonga, New South Wales
Nationality Australian
Education Newington College
University of Sydney
Occupation Solicitor & ornithologist
Spouse(s) Edith Lucy (née Doust)
Parent(s) Edmund Wolstenholme &
Maybanke Anderson

Harry Wolstenholme (21 June 1868 – 14 October 1930) was an Australian lawyer and ornithologist.

Early life[edit]

Wolstenholme was born in Maitland, New South Wales, the son of Edmund Kay Wolstenholme, a timber merchant from West Maitland, and Maybanke Susannah Anderson (1845-1927), feminist and educationist. [1] When his parents moved to Marrickville, New South Wales, he became a pupil at Newington College (1881–1885). [2] In 1883, 1884 and 1885 he was awarded the Wigram Allen Scholarship, awarded by Sir George Wigram Allen, sharing it in 1885 with Herbert Curlewis. At the end of 1885 he was named Dux of the College and received the Schofield Scholarship. [3] At the University of Sydney he graduated B.A. in 1890. [4] Wolstenholme married Edith Lucy Doust (1875-1947) on 8 January 1902 in the Methodist Church, Stanmore. [5] Lucy was the sister of Stanley Doust[6] and was an early female graduate at the University of Sydney[7] and tennis player.[8]

Legal career[edit]

He entered the legal profession and between 1907 and 1910 was in partnership with Henry Davis, the founder of Henry Davis York. [9] Failing health caused his retirement from professional activity.


Wolstenholme was a member of the Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union, to which he was a generous benefactor, and a member of its Council. He served as a trustee of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. [10]


  • The Official Checklist of the Birds of Australia: With Appendix: Scientific Names-Notes and Pronunciation [11]


A portrait of Wolstenholme feeding a thrush in the garden of his home at Wahroonga, New South Wales is held by the National Library of Australia. [12]

Preceded by
Harold Hunt
Schofield Scholarship
Dux of Newington College

Succeeded by
Herbert Curlewis


  1. ^ "Anderson, Maybanke Susannah (1845–1927)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Retrieved 29 December 2011. 
  2. ^ Newington College Register of Past Students 1863-1998 (Syd, 1999) pp219
  3. ^ Newington College Register of Past Students 1863-1998 (Syd, 1999) Part 2 - The Lists
  4. ^ "Alumni Sydneienses". University of Sydney. Retrieved 29 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "Marriages Wednesday 5 February 1902". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 29 December 2011. 
  6. ^ "Australian Players: A to Z". Tennis Forum. Retrieved 29 December 2011. 
  7. ^ University of Sydney - Students in the early years Retrieved 6 August 2012
  8. ^ Prominent Women Tennis Players Retrieved 6 August 2012
  9. ^ "History". Henry Davis York: Lawyers. Retrieved 29 December 2011. 
  10. ^ "Obituary" (PDF). The Emu. Retrieved 29 December 2011. 
  11. ^ Alibris
  12. ^ "Portrait of Harry Wolstenholme". National Library of Australia. Retrieved 29 December 2011.