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John Holliday

John Holliday, grew up in England, where he served in the Royal Air Force and later with IBM. After moving to Canada and initially continuing to work with IBM, John started the first of many businesses, mostly in the IT industry. A subsequent business opportunity resulted in a move to Australia where he continued his entrepreneurial activities. John’s interest in writing arose when he decided to write a memoir of his business life, published under the title Toughing it Out: Adventures of a Global Entrepreneur. ISBN 9781475210743. John had been aware of having an ancestor who was a famous missionary to China, but it was not until 2008 when he discovered that an orphanage founded by his ancestor in Jakarta in 1832 was still functioning today and All Saints Jakarta, the oldest English institution in Indonesia was also started by him. A visit to Jakarta and a commitment to build a library for the orphanage started the research into Walter Medhurst’s life that kindled a desire to write his biography. The result is Mission to China: How an Englishman Brought the West to the Orient, published by Amberley Publishing in England in September 2016. John lives with his wife Colleen on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia, with three children and four grandchildren close by.

Member Since: 2/12/2017

Country: Australia

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