Hubert Nicholson

#18, (16 December 1909-9 March 1968)
FatherCharles Leigh Clare Nicholson (May 1872-1930)
MotherLouise Augusta Fooks (9 Apr 1880-1959)
ChartsNicholson Family 2 - descendants
Oaten Family - descendants
Barbara Nicholson - ancestors
Descendents of Donald Nicholson
Last Edited5 Mar 2019
Hubert Nicholson c1935
     (For a brief history and context on the Nicholson family see this page)

Hubert was a major with with the Royal Australian Signals Corps in the Second World War. He apparently was involved in the atomic tests at Maralinga in some capacity, as well other scientific projects, and described himself as a soldier and a teacher for the next decade. 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. Whilst historical facts are not copyright, my writing about these facts are. If you wish to use any text from this site on Ancestry or on any other website, please ask me first - Tim Hill.
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Hubert was born on Thursday, 16 December 1909 at Queenstown, Tasmania.1 He was the son of Charles Leigh Clare Nicholson and Louise Augusta Fooks. His long name was Hubert Evelyn Leigh Arncliffe Donald St.Aldwyn Nicholson. Hubert Nicholson was also known to the family as Boy or Nick (a shortening of his surname.) 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)
Some of the extended family posed for a photograph in Queenstown, Tasmania circa 1915.
The extended family posed for a photograph c1915 ('Boy' Nicholson and his mother Louise Augusta Fooks, Albert Fooks, 'Boy's sister Jeanne Nicholson, Vernon Ashcroft and his mother Coralie Fooks)
(source: Julian Hawley)
He presumably lived with his parents at at 24 Acland Street in the Melbourne suburb of St. Kilda in 1917. This house is now an artgallery called "Linden."2 He presumably lived with his parents at at 20 Dryden Street in the Melbourne suburb of St. Kilda in 1919.3 He presumably lived with his parents at at 5 Clarke Street in the Melbourne suburb of St. Kilda in 1922. Also living in the house was a Donald Nicholson - perhaps his father or brother.4 He presumably lived with his parents at at 177 Glenferrie Road in the Melbourne suburb of Glenferrie in 1925.5

His father died 1930. He was a mechanic in 1931.6 He lived with his mother and likely his younger brother Brandon in 1931 at at 51 Haines Street in the Melbourne suburb of Glenferrie.6 The following story relates to how Hubert 'Boy' Nicholson and Mavis 'Micky' Oaten met: Mavis and Hubert's sister Jeanne both worked at the Coles Department Store in Glenferrie Road. Jean invited Mavis home to their house in Coppin Grove, and it started there. Hubert's teenage brother Bon was also attracted to Mavis, but it was the older Hubert who won out.7 Hubert and Mavis Lily Oaten became the parents of Leigh Donald Nicholson in 1934 at Victoria.8

He married Mavis Lily Oaten, a shop assistant, daughter of Albert Edward Oaten and Violet Barbara Cheyne, on Saturday, 17 February 1934 at the Melbourne suburb of Kew. He was 24 and his wife Mavis was 20. Witnesses to the wedding were Violet Barbara Cheyne and Louise Augusta Fooks.9,10 Hubert Nicholson was a fitter in 1936.11 Hubert and Mavis lived in 1936 at at 97 Illawarra Road in the Melbourne suburb of Auburn. They were to stay there for about the next two years.12

After their marriage, Hubert and Mavis moved in with his mother at 2 Coppin Grove in the Melbourne suburb of Hawthorn.7 Mavis and Hubert had a number of other children between 1935 and 1941 but all of them except Barbara died young. There is some speculation that this is because they had congenital birth defects due to their parent's incompatible blood types that resulted in clotted blood (Margaret), being born with half a bowel and septisemia.7 Hubert Nicholson was a teacher perhaps of Electrical and Radio engineering in 1942 at Melbourne Tech, in Melbourne.13,7 Hubert and Mavis lived in 1942 at Hawthorn. They stayed there until they went overseas; on their return at the end of the decade they went back to Coppin Grove.13,14 Hubert and Mavis lived circa 1948 at Great Bookham, Surrey. They remained there for three years in the late 1940's.7 Hubert Nicholson and Mavis Lily Oaten were found on a passenger list on the Strathnaver on 5 January 1950 from London to Melbourne. They were returning home from Hubert's posting to England Travelling with them were their children, Barbara and Graham. They reached Australia on 1st February 1950.15,16 Whilst in England, Hubert had been working for the Australian Army.15
A plaque commemorating Hubert's contribution to the church
Source: Tim Hill
Christ Church Hawthorn
Source: City of Boorondara Local History Wiki
http://coblocalhistory.pbworks.com/w/page/41740797/Christ%20Church%20Hawthorn)


His mother died 1959. Hubert was a church warden at at Christ Church in the Melbourne suburb of Hawthorn and member of the dioces. His service is commemorated with a plaque at the church.17

Hubert and Mavis lived in 1968 at at 20 Bluff street in the Melbourne suburb of Hawthorn East.

Hubert died on 9 March 1968 at at 20 Bluff Street in the Melbourne suburb of Hawthorn East at age 58 of coronary occlusion after months of arterial sclerosis.18 His body was cremated His daughter Barbara, then living in Alice Springs, flew down for the funeral. on 12 March 1968 at at Springvale Crematorium in the Melbourne suburb of Springvale.18 His body was perhaps interred at Christ Church at Hawthorn.19

His will was probated on 4 July 1968.20

Timeline

DateEventPlace
Family
Military
Family
1909BirthQueenstown, Tasmania1
1910Name-Long
Name-Family
1931Occupation6
1932Anecdote7
1934Marriagethe Melbourne suburb of Kew9,10
1936Occupation11
1936Residence at 97 Illawarra Road in the Melbourne suburb of Auburn12
1937Occupation-hide21
1937Residence-hideAuburn21
Anecdote at 2 Coppin Grove in the Melbourne suburb of Hawthorn7
Anecdote7
1942OccupationMelbourne Tech, in Melbourne13,7
1942ResidenceHawthorn13,14
1948ResidenceGreat Bookham, Surrey7
1949Occupation-hide22
1949Residence-hideHawthorn22
1950Passenger listMelbourne15,16
1950Note memo only15
1954Occupation-hide23
1954Residence-hideHawthorn23
Note memo only at Christ Church in the Melbourne suburb of Hawthorn17
1968Residence at 20 Bluff street in the Melbourne suburb of Hawthorn East
1968Death at 20 Bluff Street in the Melbourne suburb of Hawthorn East18
1968Cremation at Springvale Crematorium in the Melbourne suburb of Springvale18
Burial-candidateHawthorn19
1968Probate-new20

Family

Mavis Lily Oaten (1 May 1913-21 Oct 1990)
Children

Citations

  1. [S261] Tasmania, Birth Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 1910 No.1271.
  2. [S483] Australia - Electoral Rolls 1900-1980 - Ancestry.com, Electorate of Balaclava, Subdivision of St. Kilda West.
  3. [S483] Australia - Electoral Rolls 1900-1980 - Ancestry.com, Electorate of Balaclava, Subdivision of Balaclava.
  4. [S483] Australia - Electoral Rolls 1900-1980 - Ancestry.com, Electorate of Balaclava, Subdivision of St. Kilda central.
  5. [S483] Australia - Electoral Rolls 1900-1980 - Ancestry.com, Electorate of Kooyong, Subdivision of Glenferrie.
  6. [S483] Australia - Electoral Rolls 1900-1980 - Ancestry.com, Electorate of Kooyong, Subdivision of Glenferrie 1931 p.81-82 (http://search.ancestry.com.au/iexec).
  7. [S602] Barbara Nicholson,.
  8. [S466] Find a Grave (http://www.findagrave.com) http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi
  9. [S266] Mavis Nicholson (nee Oaten), Windsor.
  10. [S264] Victoria, Marriage Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 1934 No.536.
  11. [S483] Australia - Electoral Rolls 1900-1980 - Ancestry.com, Electorate of Kooyong, Subdivision of Auburn 1936 p.129-130 (http://search.ancestry.com.au/Browse/view.aspx).
  12. [S483] Australia - Electoral Rolls 1900-1980 - Ancestry.com, Electorate of Kooyong, Subdivision of Auburn 1936 p.129-130 (http://search.ancestry.com.au/iexec).
  13. [S483] Australia - Electoral Rolls 1900-1980 - Ancestry.com, Electorate of Yarra, Subdivision of Hawthorn 1942 p.167-168 (http://search.ancestry.com.au/iexec).
  14. [S1070] E-mails from Carolyn Nicholson to Tim Hill, 2019- 'ThoseBefore.com - Louise Augusta Fooks' - 8 Feb 2019, 16:15.
  15. [S658] UK Outward Passenger Lists, 1890-1960 Ancestry.com, Departure Date: 5 Jan 1950; Port of Departure: London, England; Destination Port: Melbourne, Australia; Ship Name: Strathnaver; Shipping line: P and O; Official Number: 162619; Master: J C Mellonie.
  16. [S1083] Freemantle, Western Australia, Passenger Lists, 1897-1963 Ancestry.com, Departure Place: London, United Kingdom; Arrival Date: 1 Feb 1950; Arrival Place: Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia; Vessel: Strathnaver.
  17. [S1070] E-mails from Carolyn Nicholson to Tim Hill, 2019- 'ThoseBefore.com - Hubert Nicholson' - 8 Feb 2019, 16:21.
  18. [S265] Victoria, Death Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 1968 No.5713.
  19. [S466] Find a Grave (http://www.findagrave.com) http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi
  20. [S269] Victoria, Probate, Name: Hubert E Nicholson; Death Date: 9 Mar 1968; Death Place: est Hawthorn; Occupation: Military Officer; Grant Date: 4 Jul 1968; Grant: A.
  21. [S483] Australia - Electoral Rolls 1900-1980 - Ancestry.com, Electorate of Yarra, Subdivision of Hawthorn 1937p.174 (http://search.ancestry.com.au/Browse/view.aspx).
  22. [S483] Australia - Electoral Rolls 1900-1980 - Ancestry.com, Electorate of Yarra, Subdivision of Hawthorn 1949 p.188 (http://search.ancestry.com.au/iexec).
  23. [S483] Australia - Electoral Rolls 1900-1980 - Ancestry.com, Electorate of Yarra, Subdivision of Hawthorn 1954 p.159 (http://search.ancestry.com.au/iexec).
  24. [S265] Victoria, Death Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 1934 No.7663.
  25. [S265] Victoria, Death Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 1941 No.4966.