Active in Southampton 1867 – 1869 and early 1880s.
William Henry Holliday followed his father into the merchant navy at a young age. The 1861 census recorded William Henry aged 15, living with his parents and siblings in Nelson St Southampton. William and his father gave their occupation as seaman, merchant.
In 1867 W.H Holliday married Fanny in Southampton, and the following year their first child, Alfred, was born. By this time Holliday was no longer at sea, and had taken up professional photography.
Carte de visite portrait by W.H Holliday. In the late 1860s number 68 was occupied by carver, gilder and picture frame maker William Summers. Summers never advertised as a photographer but also took portraits at 68 East St. (See entry for William Summers). The design on the back of both the portrait by Summers, and the example by Holliday, are the same.
By 1870 the family had moved to Exeter where a second child, Clara, was born later that year. The 1871 census recorded photographer Holliday and family living with another photographer, Henry Mower, along with his assistant Joseph Eden.
Another daughter, Fanny, was born in Charford, Devon, in 1873. Son Charles was born in Willington Somerset in 1875. By 1881 the family were back in Southampton at Lisbon Cottage, Obelisk Road, Woolston. William Henry gave his occupation as Photographic Artist. At some time in the 1880s Holliday relocated for the last time.
The 1891 census recorded Photographic Artist William Holliday at 68 Parchment St, Winchester, along with wife Fanny and their 2 youngest children. Portraits taken in the 1890s and early 1900s in Winchester survive. The Studio at 63 Jewry St was advertised in Warren's Winchester Directory in 1895 and 1900.
In 1901 Holliday was recorded as a Photographic Artist at 63 Jewry St. The census listed a number of family members living with Holliday and his wife: eldest daughter Fanny, granddaughter Fanny Holliday (aged 13, born in Wales), daughter Clara (now Mrs Cogger), and Clara's 2 young sons Percy and Archibald, both born in Ventnor on the Isle of Wight.
William Henry Holliday died in Winchester in 1907.