Holt, Harold

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Holt, Harold Gender: M
Harold Edward Holt
born on 5 August 1908 at 07:39 (= 07:39 AM )
Place Sydney, Australia, 33s52, 151e13
Timezone AEST h10e (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 12°03' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 06°10 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 28°43'

Harold Holt


Australian politician, Prime Minister of Australia 1966-1967. During his time in office, Holt strongly supported United States involvement in Vietnam and one of his first acts as Prime Minister was to increase the size of the Australian forces in Vietnam by one third. On 2/14/1966, Holt introduced decimal currency - dollars and cents. On 5/27/1967 Australians voted 'Yes' in a Referendum to change the Commonwealth constitution. 'Full-blood' Aborigines could now be counted in the national census, which meant that the federal government was now just as responsible as the states for Aboriginal affairs. The Migration Act 1966 relaxed immigration laws to allow entry of non-European settlers, effectively ending the White Australia Policy.

The son of schoolteachers, Holt was ten when his parents divorced. He attended Wesley College, Melbourne, where he won awards for sporting ability, character and leadership. He went on to study law at the University of Melbourne, where he played football, cricket and tennis for Queens College. He graduated as a lawyer in 1930, and was admitted to the Bar in 1931, working as a solicitor. He married Zara Fell in 1946 and adopted her three sons from a previous marriage.

His first few sorties into politics failed to win him public office but in 1935 he was elected to federal parliament. He won the next four general elections, held Fawkner from 1937 to 1946, then switched to the seat of Higgins, which he held through eight general elections - from 1949 to 1966.

In 1940 he enlisted in the 2nd AIF, but after five months in the army Menzies recalled him to parliament. He then became Minister for several posts throughout the sixteen years of the Menzies government (1949–1966). On Menzies' retirement in January 1966, Holt became Leader of the Liberal Party, and Prime Minister.

An active sportsman, he disappeared while swimming in heavy seas off Portsea in Victoria on 12/17/1967. His body was never recovered. An investigation found no cause to suspect anything other than an unfortunate accident.

Link to Wikipedia biography



  • Social : End a program of study 1930 (Graduated as lawyer)
  • Work : New Career 1931 (Passed bar, became solicitor)
  • Work : New Career 1935 (Elected into Federal Parliament)
  • Work : New Job 1937 (Held Fawkner seat, nine years)
  • Social : Joined group 1940 (Enlisted in 2nd AIF)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1946 (Zara Fell)
  • Work : New Job 1949 (17 years holding Higgins sear)
  • Work : New Job 1949 (Menzie's government posts)
  • Work : Gain social status 1966 (Prime Minister, two years)
  • Work : End Major Project 1966 (Migration Act passed)
  • Work : New Job January 1966 (Leader of the Liberal Party)
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  • Work : Begin Major Project 14 February 1966 (Introduced the decimal currency)
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  • Death by Accident 17 December 1967 at 12:00 noon in Portsea, Australia (Accidental drowning, age 59)
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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes Garth Carpenter in his "Aspects of Astrology," from Holt personally. (Note: Carpenter in his book has a chart with the wrong Ascendant of 20



  • Family : Childhood : Parents divorced
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs (From 1946)
  • Family : Parenting : Foster, Step, or Adopted Kids (Adopted three stepsons)
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Sports (College sports)
  • Personal : Death : Unusual (Accidental drowning)
  • Vocation : Law : Attorney (Solicitor)
  • Vocation : Military : Military service (2nd AIF)
  • Vocation : Politics : Diplomat (Ministerial posts)
  • Vocation : Politics : Public office (Prime Minister)