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Holt (Australia)

I have noticed quite a few hits on this website from countrys across the planet so I have decided to investigate to see if these visits are anything to do with Holt being in the URL. So first stop is Australia – now I last set foot in Oz during the summer of 1997after spending some twelve months or so Sydney. I missed out on the opportunity to visit ACT (Australian Capital Territory) when my funds ran dry and immigration asked if I would kindly mind popping home – there was some issue with a visa or rather lack of I think. Holt was apparently founded in 1972 and is one of twenty five suburbs forming the Canberra district of Belconnen – it's name originates from the bloke who was Australian Prime Minister during 1966-67, Harold Holt. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, in 2006 Holt (State Suburb) was home to 5149 people of which 90.4% where Australian Citizens but only 75.4% declared that they were actually born in Australia. The median house price during 2009 for Holt was $360,000 (£218,000 at todays exchange rate) which makes 2615 a fair bit cheaper than NR25 – the weather is probably a lot nicer too.

Interestingly, Harold Holt dissapeared whilst swimming on Sunday 17 December 1967 -  There were many rumours surrounding Holt's death, including claims that he had committed suicide or faked his own death in order to run away with his mistress. The mystery became the subject of numerous urban myths in Australia, including outlandish but persistent stories that he had been kidnapped by a Chinese submarine, or that he had been abducted by a UFO. In 1983, British journalist Anthony Grey published a controversial book in which he claimed that Holt had been an agent for the People's Republic of China and that he had been picked up by a Chinese submarine off Portsea and taken to China.