Holt was employed as an architect in the Public Works Department in Cape Town around 1911. The records of his career which survive indicate a professional career typical of a colonial architect of the time. Holt was born in England and articled in Birmingham to Frank Barlow Osborn, FRIBA, for five years (1893-1898), remaining as assistant for a further year. He then served two years with Hawkes & Son, architect & surveyors in Birmingham as assistant on the building of the Deaf and Dumb Institute and St Thomas's School, Birmingham. He left Britain in about 1902 for Penang in the Malay States to work for Charles Barnett, architect and civil engineer, as chief assistant. He was invalided home after a year, returning for a time to Mr Osborn. While in Penang he was responsible for the Clock Tower and the Engineering Institute in Penang.
Holt left for South Africa in about 1903 where, after two short engagements, he joined the PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT in the Cape remaining there for five years. He was retrenched in 1908. During the period with the PWD he worked on the Harbour Board Building in Port Elizabeth, among other buildings. He again returned to England before leaving for Australia where he spent fifteen months in the office of Herbert Anderson, quantity surveyor, in Melbourne. Holt then returned (c1910) to South Africa, worked for a short time with the quantity surveyor A BABBS, in Cape Town before he rejoined the PWD in about 1910 or 1911. Holt applied for Licentiate membership of the RIBA in 1911. AG HOWARD, the PWD architect who signed Holt's application, added a note: 'For anyone requiring a careful, thoughtful and reliable assistant I can recommend you, and hope you will in the future do better than you have done, or for the matter of that, ever would do in a place like this'. (presumably Howard was referring to the PWD). Nothing is as yet known of his further career.
LRIBA Cape Town 1911. (LRIBA nom papers (1911) 800)
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