Charles Leigh Clare Nicholson

#160, (May 1872-1930)
FatherDonald Nicholson (6 Jun 1834-24 May 1924)
MotherEuphemia Scott Gibb (c 1839-25 May 1915)
Charles Leigh Clare Nicholson as a youth
     (For a brief history and context on the Nicholson family see this page)

NOTE: The information on this page is my research to date and is subject to change as I become better informed. I very much welcome any corrections or additional info you might have - my email address is at the bottom of this page - Tim Hill.
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Charles was born in May 1872 at Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester.1,2,3 He was the son of Donald Nicholson and Euphemia Scott Gibb. Charles Leigh Clare Nicholson was baptized at Congregational church in June 1872 at Old Trafford, Lancashire.4 Charles may have been named for his father's employers, a company of merchants named Messrs. Chas. Leigh Clare and Co. Charles leigh Clare himself was a prison reformer and judge.5,6 He presumably lived with his parents at Plumley, Cheshire, in June 1878.7

He was recorded as living with his parents, a servant and his siblings Donald, Angus, George and Lily in the 1881 census at Plumley Moor, Plumley, Cheshire. He was recorded as being 9 years old. Donald was actually his step-brother, the son of his father and his father's first wife.3 His occupation was recorded as being a scholar in the census.3

At the age of 11 Charles emmigrated from Glasgow on 3 November 1883 on the 'Loch Katrine' with his parents and three younger siblings. The ship was described as a 'Magnificent Iron Clipper Ship', and the Nicholsons travelled as second class passengers.8,2,9 Charles arrived at Melbourne on 4 February 1884 with his family. The voyage took a long 89 days. It is reported that the ship was popular, and the passengers had an agreeable time at sea.8,10,2

The Nicholsons were granted 90 acres of land at Tasmania on April 1884.11 He was a sharebroker and commission agent in 1906.12 He was the the manager of the Bischoff-Taylor Tin Prospecting Association, a company with a then capitalisation of £3,000 in July 1906 at Queenstown, Tasmania.13

He married Louise Augusta Fooks, a manager, daughter of Henry Samuel Cox Fooks and Jane Maria Murray, in a Church of England ceremony at St. Martin's Church on Sunday, 8 December 1907 at Queenstown, Tasmania. He was 35 and his wife Louise was 27. Witnesses to the wedding were Donald Nicholson, Lily Euphemia Eveline Nicholson and Albert Henry Fooks.1 At this time his occupation was given as a miner.14 Charles lived in December 1907 at Queenstown, Tasmania.15 Charles, aged 37 and Louise Augusta Fooks, aged 29 became the parents of Hubert Nicholson on Thursday, 16 December 1909 at Queenstown, Tasmania.1 The Nicholson family posed for a photograph c1910.
The Nicholson family posed for a photograph c1910 (George Gibb Nicholson, Marguerite Danuser, Hubert Nicholson, Lily Euphemia Eveline Nicholson, Marguerite Nicholson, Euphemia Scott Gibb, Donald Nicholson, Charles Leigh Clare Nicholson, Lousie Augusta Fooks)
(source: B. L. Nicholson)
Charles and Louise lived circa March 1910 at Queenstown, Tasmania.1 Charles and Louise lived in 1914 at McNamara Street, in Queenstown, Tasmania.16 Charles Leigh Clare Nicholson petitioned for bankruptcy with liabilities estimated at £590 on 17 March 1915.17,18

His mother died 1915.

His father died 24 May 1924 at the age of 89.

Charles died in 1930 at the Melbourne suburb of Hawthorn.19

Children of Charles Leigh Clare Nicholson and Louise Augusta Fooks

Last Edited4 Nov 2014


1872BirthChorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester1,2,3
1872BaptismCongregational church, Old Trafford, Lancashire4
1906OccupationQueenstown, Tasmania13
1907MarriageSt. Martin's Church, in Queenstown, Tasmania1
1907OccupationQueenstown, Tasmania14
1907ResidenceQueenstown, Tasmania15
c 1910Occupation-hide20
c 1910ResidenceQueenstown, Tasmania1
1914ResidenceMcNamara Street, in Queenstown, Tasmania16
1930Deaththe Melbourne suburb of Hawthorn19
ChartsNicholson Family 2 - descendants
Barbara Nicholson - ancestors
Descendents of Donald Nicholson


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  2. [S27] Carroll Nicholson, Some relatives of Carroll and Nancy Nicholson p.21.
  3. [S393] National Census for England, 1881 (online image) Registration district: Altrincham, Sub-registration district: Knutsford, Piece: 3511, Folio: 35, Page Number: 11 (
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  5. [S527] The Manchester Times, Saturday 02 November 1878 p.3.
  6. [S830] The Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, Tuesday 04 April 1882 p.7.
  7. [S831] The Cheshire Observer, Saturday 22 June 1878 p.5.
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  14. [S273] Tasmania, Marriage Certificate, 1907 Register No.214 No.979.
  15. [S273] Tasmania, Marriage Certificate, Register 214 No.979.
  16. [S483] Australia - Electoral Rolls 1900-1980, Electorate of Darwin, Subdivision of Queenstown 1914 p.24 (
  17. [S526] Website Launceston Family Album (
  18. [S566] The Examiner, 1915 'NEW INSOLVENT.', Examiner (Launceston, Tas. : 1900 - 1954), 17 March, p. 6 Edition: DAILY, viewed 19 September, 2012,
  19. [S265] Victoria, Death Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages, 1930 #1590 (index only).
  20. [S273] Tasmania, Marriage Certificate, 1910 District of Lyell No.1271.