Dowie Family History



May Lottie Holloway portrait


English – habitational name from any of the numerous minor places so called, from Old English hol ‘hollow’, ‘sunken’ + weg ‘way’, ‘path’ in Middlesex. Variations of the name Holloway include Holloway, Hollway, Holoway, Hollaway and others.

First found in Somersetshire where they were seated from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Holloway Roots

This family left their trail behind and proved to be a easy trace back to the late 1700’s.
The family was from Wiltshire England and ventured to Victoria Australia in 1853 aboard the ship “Confiance” where they settled and expanded for several generations across several rural towns.
Somewhere in the early 1900’s a single family migrated to Wellington New Zealand leaving other relatives behind.

My Grandmother

Nana was born in Stawell, Victoria Australia during 1894. She was one of six girls. The only boy “Percy” was later born in Wellington New Zealand.
Most of the family photographs that I have inherited were of the Holloway girls around Wellington New Zealand, however the earliest that I have is taken in Australia when Nana was approximately four or five.
I have many memories of Nana and some of her sisters as well as quite a few stories. They were a unforgettable family and it’s sad that a lot of stories and facts are unknown.

Future Research

Research will eventually uncover numerous relatives living throughout Australia that are unknown to the family. There are many Holloway graves around regional Victoria where the various families lived. Substantial information is available online and one day I hope to make a trip down there and document some of the graves.
I still have considerable research to complete on this family to fill in the gaps before I reinvestigate the Wilshire source.