Emily Holland was born c. 1858. She shared a room with murder victim Mary Ann Nichols, along with four other women, at Wilmott's Lodging House in Thrawl Street. She had been watching a fire at the docks until about 2:30 on the morning of August 31st, 1888. As she was returning home she encountered Nichols at Osborn Street and Whitechapel Road. Nichols, who appeared noticeably drunk, informed Holland that she had earned her doss money at least three times that night, but each time had drunk it away. She seemed confident in her ability to make the money again, and refused to go along to the lodging house where the two shared a room, intending to first earn her money. This was the last time that Nichols was seen alive; she was found dead a little over an hour later at 3:40. Holland was able to identify the body.
In October of 1888 Holland was twice brought before the Thames Magistrate Court on charges of being drunk and disorderly, and was convicted both times. Nothing else is known about her.