Donald Nicholson

#181, (6 June 1834-24 May 1924)
FatherDonald Nicholson (28 Feb 1804-10 Feb 1874)
MotherJane Wetherell (9 Sep 1802-c Dec 1870)
Donald Nicholson
(Source: http://www.launcestonfamilyalbum.org.au)
     (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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Donald was born on Friday, 6 June 1834 at Liverpool.1,2 He was the son of Donald Nicholson and Jane Wetherell.

He was recorded as living with his parents, a servant and siblings Margaret, Eliza, Jessie, Walter and Parker in the 1841 census at Walton-on-the-Hill, Liverpool. He was recorded as being 7 years old.3 He presumably lived with his parents at Castle Street, in Liverpool, in December 1843.4

He was recorded as living with his parents and siblings Eliza, Walter and Parker in the 1851 census at Prescot Road, West Derby, Liverpool. He was recorded as being 17 years old.5 His occupation was recorded as being a bookkeeper in the census.5 Donald lived in August 1856 at 11 Washington Street, Liverpool.6

He married Elizabeth Ann Medhurst, daughter of Thomas Medhurst and Nancy Ann Cattral, at St. Philip's on Wednesday, 6 August 1856 at Liverpool. He was 22 and his wife Elizabeth was 19. Witnesses to the wedding were Donald Nicholson and Henry Smith Fisher.6,2,7 Donald (and presumably his spouse Elizabeth) lived on 9 August 1857 at Crown Street, Liverpool.8 Donald and Elizabeth lived in 1860 at 31 Myrtle Street, Liverpool.9

He was recorded as head of household in the 1861 census with Elizabeth Ann Medhurst as his spouse at Liverpool. He was 26 years old. Also in the house was his wife and three of his children and a servant.10 His occupation was recorded as being a clerk to a rice importer in the census.10

His wife Elizabeth died 6 March 1865 at the age of 28, leaving him a widower at age 30.

He married Euphemia Scott Gibb, a schoolteacher, daughter of James Gibb and Christian Angus, on Wednesday, 7 October 1868 at Aberdeen.2,11
Donald Nicholson signature from his wedding to Elizabeth Medhurst
(Source: Liverpool Marriages and Banns, Reference Number: 283 PLP/3/16)
Photograph by Tim


He was recorded as head of household in the 1871 census with Euphemia Scott Gibb as his spouse at 3 Edgar Terrace, Hulton Street, Moss Side, Manchester. He was 36 years old. Also in the house were 5 of his children from a previous marriage aged 8 to 14, and an infant from his second marriage.12 His occupation was recorded as being a bookkeeper for yarn agents in the census.12 Donald, aged 37 and Euphemia Scott Gibb became the parents of Charles Leigh Clare Nicholson in May 1872 at Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester.13,14,15

His father died 11 February 1874 at the age of 69. Donald was aged 39 when this happened.16 Donald (and presumably his spouse Euphemia) lived in June 1878 at Plumley, Cheshire.17 Donald Nicholson was a cashier for Messrs. Chas. Leigh Clare and Co, merchants in November 1878 at 42 Lloyd Street, in Manchester.18

Donald gave evidence in a court case where a fellow employee, a collector, stole 2 cheques totalling £77. He was sentenced to a year's imprisonment.18

He was recorded as head of household in the 1881 census with Euphemia Scott Gibb as his spouse at Plumley Moor, Plumley, Cheshire. He was 46 years old. His age was recorded as 47 years old.15 His occupation was recorded as being a 'cashier clerk to a cotton [??] commission agent and merchant' in the census.15

At the age of 49 Donald and his wife Euphemia emmigrated with their four children from Glasgow on 3 November 1883 on the 'Loch Katrine'. The ship was described as a 'Magnificent Iron Clipper Ship', and the Nicholsons travelled as second class passengers.19,14,20 Donald and his wife Euphemia arrived at Melbourne on 4 February 1884. The voyage took a long 89 days. It is reported that the ship was popular, and the passengers had an agreeable time at sea.19,21,14



The Nicholsons were granted 90 acres of land at Tasmania on April 1884.22 Donald Nicholson was empanelled on a jury in June 1887 at Launceston, Tasmania.23 He was appointed as auditior of the Little Argus Tin Mining Company on 8 March 1888 at Launceston, Tasmania.24 He was a bank clerk in May 1888 at Launceston, Tasmania.25 He bought 10 shares in the Cream Creek Tin Mining Company on 11 May 1888 at Launceston, Tasmania.25
Donald Nicholson and Euphemia Scott Gibb c1890
(source: B. L. Nicholson)
He was acting ledger-keeper in February 1890 at The Bank of Van Diemens Land, in Launceston, Tasmania.26 He was a witness in a court case involving larceny whilst he was at work on 22 February 1890 at Launceston, Tasmania.26

Donald began working as a priivate accountant: on 8 December 1894:
NEW BUSINESS.-It is announced in an advertisement in another column of this issue that Mr Donald Nicholson, who is well-known in the city, having been here for 10 years connected with the Bank of V.D. Land, has opened an office at 37 Patterson-street, and is prepared to take accountant's work in general, including the winding up of insolvent estates, posting tradesmen's books, and estate agencies. Mr Nicholson will no doubt secure a share of the public patronage.27

He applied to be auditior of the Northern Tasmania Permanent Building Society on 21 February 1895.28

Donald was the estate-agent trying to sell a house.29 He was elected as auditor of the Cornwall Coal Company on 1 May 1896.30 He was re-elected as auditor of the Launceston Savings Investment and Building Society on 4 August 1896.31

His wife Euphemia was the principal of Launceston Training College in 1900.32

Donald attempted to sell his house: on 27 February 1901:
MESSRS. ALFRED HARRAP AND SON have been favoured with instructions from Donald Nicholson, Esq., to sell by auction at ,their mart, Cameron-street, on MONDAY, 18th MARCH, AT NOON,
W.B. balconied residence, No. 16 Laura-street, Cataract Hill (corner Laura-street and Kinburn street), and containing on the ground floor drawing-room, dining-room, breakfast-room, kitchen, school-room (30 x 15), class-room, scullery, bath, workshop, -which can be converted into a stable, conservatory; splendid flower garden, cement yard, etc., with 4 rooms on the upper floor, and the whole is in an excellent state of preservation. Land, 57ft. on Laura-street ,by 133ft. on Kinburn-street; also, a separate allotment of orchard land, 100ft. by 100ft. in Kinburn-street.
Title perfect.
Further particulars on application to the auctioneers.33

He was the manager at the National Bank on 16 August 1902 at Gormanston, Tasmania.34 He was manager of the National Bank in April 1906 at Queenstown, Tasmania.35 Donald, as the father of the groom, attended Charles Leigh Clare Nicholson and Louise Augusta Fooks's wedding at St. Martin's Church on Sunday, 8 December 1907 at Queenstown, Tasmania.. Louise was a manager.13

Donald was involved in a court case concerning a begger called John Long: in March 1908:
"Long, it appears, went to Mr D. Nicholson, the bank manager, and asked for money to obtain food. He was handed a shilling, but regarded this a mean gift, considering that Mr Nicholson was manager of a financial institution. Then he asked for an old cap, but here Mr Nicholson became suspicious, and got rid of his caller, afterwards reporting the matter to the police. Detective-Sergeant Bain sarched out Long, and taxed him. Long protested that he had not asked anyone for money. Next he was confronted with Mr Nicholson, who at once recognised Long. 'Here, that'll do,' exclaimed Long. 'Don't you put up a tale about me. You never saw me before in your life, or I never saw you.' 'You are a bad man,' replied tbe astonished bank manager. 'Why, didn't you ask me for an old cap?' 'No,' I didn't,' indignantly proclaimed Long. 'What would I wan't to ask you for a cap for? Haven't I got one of my own'; and Long pulled a rather well-worn cap from his head and proudly, held it up for exhibition. Later on, however, the Bench was satisfied that Long was an offender, and he was dealt with as already indicated."36

He was appointed as a Justice of the Peace on 3 May 1909 at Queenstown, Tasmania.37 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)
He was appointed a member of the Licencing Bench of Queenstown on 2 January 1910.38 He was a bank manager in 1914.39 Donald and Euphemia lived in 1914 at Orr Street, in Queenstown, Tasmania.39 Some of the extended family posed for a photograph in circa 1915 at [Q].
The extended family posed for a photograph c1915 (Harry Hawley and Louise Augusta Fooks, young Vernon Ashcroft elderly Donald Nicholson, and Coralie Fooks)
(source: Julian Hawley)


His wife Euphemia died 1915, leaving him a widower. Donald Nicholson was to be Officiant at the 25th anniversary service on 3 June 1917 at Holy Trinity Church, in Strahan, Tasmania.40 He retired as manager of the Commercial Bank of Australasia after 45 years of banking service. His place was taken by his son-in-law Albert Henry Fooks on 1 October 1919 at Queenstown, Tasmania.41 Donald arrived at New South Wales in 1920.14



Donald died on 24 May 1924 at at Mount Street in the Sydney suburb of Hunters Hill at age 89 of gastroenteritis, cardiac failure and pnemonia, from which he had sufferred for 4 days.11 His body was interred at Field of Mars cemetery on 28 May 1924 at the Sydney suburb of Ryde.11

Children of Donald Nicholson and Elizabeth Ann Medhurst

Children

Children of Donald Nicholson and Euphemia Scott Gibb

Children
Last Edited7 Nov 2014

Timeline

DateEventPlace
Family
Family
1834BirthLiverpool1,2
1851Occupation5
1856Residence11 Washington Street, Liverpool6
1856MarriageSt. Philip's, Liverpool6,2,7
1856Occupation-hide6
1857Residence-hideCrown Street, Liverpool42
1857ResidenceLiverpool8
1860Occupation-hide9
1860Residence31 Myrtle Street, Liverpool9
1861Census (Eng) 1861Liverpool10
1861Occupation10
1868MarriageAberdeen2,11
1871Census (Eng) 18713 Edgar Terrace, Hulton Street, Moss Side, Manchester12
1871Occupation12
1875Occupation-hide43
1878ResidencePlumley, Cheshire17
1878Occupation42 Lloyd Street, in Manchester18
1881Census (Eng) 1881Plumley Moor, Plumley, Cheshire15
1881Occupation15
1883Emmigratn-newGlasgow19,14,20
1884Immigratn-newMelbourne19,21,14
1888OccupationLaunceston, Tasmania25
1890OccupationThe Bank of Van Diemens Land, in Launceston, Tasmania26
1894Quotation type 127
1901Quotation type 133
1902OccupationGormanston, Tasmania34
1906OccupationQueenstown, Tasmania35
1908Quotation type 136
1914Occupation39
1914ResidenceOrr Street, in Queenstown, Tasmania39
1920Immigratn-newNew South Wales14
1924Death at Mount Street in the Sydney suburb of Hunters Hill11
1924Burial at Field of Mars cemetery in the Sydney suburb of Ryde11
ChartsNicholson Family 2 - descendants
Barbara Nicholson - ancestors
Descendents of Donald Nicholson

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