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William Holland (1837-1895)

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William Holland (1837-1895), Theatrical manager

1886 Proprietor and manager of the Albert Palace, Battersea.[1][2]

1888 Incandescent lamps were used to light the Albert Palace; the Jablochkoff and General Electricity Co supplied the lamps which had been manufactured by Anglo-American Brush Electric Light Corporation. Edison and Swan United Electric Light Co took legal action against William Holland, as manager of the Albert Palace, and the suppliers for infringement of their patents; the Jablochkoff Company had indemnified the Brush company against the litigation. The judgement dismissed the action in relation to Edison's patent of 1879 but made an injunction to prevent infringement of Chesebrough's patent.[3]

1895 Died. 'A prominent man the world amusement has passed away by the death of Mr. William Holland at Blackpool yesterday. For many years he was connected with London places of amusement, including the Alhambra, the Surrey Theatre, the Royal and Canterbury music-halls, and the Albert Palace. The last-mentioned was an unpleasant experience for him, as lost £30,000 there. To recoup his fortunes went to the Winter Gardens at Blackpool, which he made one of the most attractive places of resort in the North. He was born 1837; his early experiences, like those of many other entertainers, was as a travelling showman.'[4]

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Sources of Information

  1. Sporting Life - Wednesday 05 May 1886
  2. Globe - Saturday 20 March 1886
  3. The Engineer 1888/07/20
  4. Globe - Monday 30 December 1895