Memorable Manitobans: Alice Ann Dean Holling (1867-1955)
Born at Yorkshire, England on 21 November 1867, daughter of N. K. Halmshaw and Joseph Dean, she married Luther Holling (1871-1947) on 27 December 1893 and they had at least three children, including two daughters. The family came to Winnipeg in 1906 where Luther established Central Tools and Forgings, an ornamental steel company.
She became involved in the Political Equality League seeking suffrage for women and, by 1915, was identified publicly as a leader of the movement in Manitoba. She was a candidate for the Winnipeg constituency in the 1920 provincial general election but was not elected. She intended to run in the 1922 general election but stepped aside to strengthen the candidacy of Florence Edith McTavish Rogers, who was subsequently elected.
By 1923, she had moved to Los Angeles, California and later to Houston, Texas. In 1930, she and her husband settled at Victoria, British Columbia where she died on 14 September 1955. She was buried there.
“Women who are blazing the trail for suffrage in Manitoba,” Winnipeg Tribune [Illustrated Supplement Section], 23 October 1915.
Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.
“Some Women Candidates for the Manitoba Legislature” by Linda McDowell, MHS Transactions, Series 3, Number 32, 1975-1976 Season.
Alice Ann Dean Holling, FindAGrave.
This page was prepared by Dawn Monroe and Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 30 January 2022