Euphemia Scott Gibb

#180, (circa 1839-25 May 1915)
FatherJames Gibb (c 1796-20 Jul 1864)
MotherChristian Angus (c 1800-)
ChartsNicholson Family 2 - descendants
Barbara Nicholson - ancestors
Descendents of Donald Nicholson
Last Edited12 Jul 2020
Euphemia Scott Gibb
Donald Nicholson and Euphemia Scott Gibb
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Euphemia was born circa 1839 at Aberdeen. She was said to have had a crippled hand, perhaps from birth, and blue eyes.1,2,3 She was the daughter of James Gibb and Christian Angus.

Euphemia Scott Gibb was recorded as living with the Legg family and members of her own family. in the 1841 census at Netherkirkgate, Aberdeen. The 1841 census only recorded adult ages rounded down to the nearest 5 years; her approximate age was recorded as 2 years old. Despite being so young, it isn't clear why she wasn't living with her parents.1

She was recorded as living with her uncle and his wife, another uncle and a visitor in the 1851 census at Church Terrace, Tranmere, Cheshire. She was recorded as being 10 years old.4 Her occupation was recorded as being a scholar in the census.4

On 2 July 1851 it was announced that a Miss E. Gibb had won second prize for English and Geography in mr Lyon's class of junior students at West-End Acadamy, Aberdeen.5

Mr. Robert Sim announced he would reopen the Union Row Academy on 9 August 1859 with Miss Gibbs teaching English, French and Needlework.6 She was a teacher at Mr. Sim's Academy at Union Row, Aberdeen, where she taught English, French and Needlework.7,8

She was listed as living with her sister Margaret's family in the 1861 census at 58 John Street, Aberdeen.2 Her occupation was recorded as being a teacher in the census.2

On Wednesday, 3 July 1861 it was reported in the newspaper that the school she worked for was examined and she had performed well in her work::
Union Row Academy. —This school was examined on Wednesday last. Since last year the number of pupils has been well nigh doubled, and the school has continued richly to deserve the confidence which has been reposed in it. We were particularly struck with the teaching to which the junior classes, under the management of Miss Gibb, had evidently been subjected—the reading of this section meriting attention. Specimens of needlework, writing, and drawing were exhibited, with which the visitors expressed themselves highly pleased. The higher sections, too, gave evidence of having been most carefully taughtthe Rev. Mr Thomson particularly eulogising the accurate knowledge they displayed of Bible History. The Rev, R. J. Brown, Professor Lumsden, and others were present, the former of whom expressed very high opinion of the state of the school. Pieces were also sung at intervals during the day, accompanied on the piano by some of the more advanced pupils, in an exceedingly creditable manner. On the whole, Mr Sim and his able assistants well deserve the success which has hitherto attended them.9

She was a schoolteacher in her early twenties, running a successful private school circa 1862 at Aberdeen.10

The school was exaimed again in 1862 with a similar good result:
EXAMINATIONS OF SCHOOLS. UNION ROW ACADEMY. Wednesday the examination of this Academy, under the charge of Mr Sim, took place. The work of the scholars consisting of writing, figuring, book-keeping, drawing, &c. —was exhibited, and presented very pleasing appearance. Everything was carefully and neatly done, and the books were remarkably clean. The needlework, knitting, and fancy work of all kinds, executed by the young ladies, was very creditable both to themselves and their teacher. Miss Gibb, showing both skill and indefatigable perseverance. The pupils went through their examinations in a very satisfactory manner, and their behaviour was remarkably good.11

She was honoured for her services on 22 June 1864.

Her father died 20 July 1864 at the approximate age of 67.7


She married Donald Nicholson, a bookkeeper, son of Donald Nicholson and Jane Wetherell, on Wednesday, 7 October 1868 at Aberdeen.3,12

Her Seminary at the Mechanics Institute was examined June 1869:
MISS GIBB'S SEMINARY, MECHANICS' INSTITUTE. The annual examination of this seminary took place on Wednesday in the Mechanics’ Hall, when the appearance presented by the numerous pupils was alike creditable tltemselvcs. Mias Gibb and her assistants, and the numerous company of parents, guardians, and others interested, who were present on the oocaaion. The examination was of general and testing kind, and the ready and accurate way in which the answers were given in the various branches testified to the thorough character of the training imparted. The pupils of Miss Reid acquitted themselves very creditably in their performances in duets, trios, &c., on the piano, considering their years. The penmanship to dictation, and otherwise, was fair, and the display of needle and fancy work good. Prominent among these was a fender stool by Miss Robina Reid, a piece in frame by Miss M. B. Moncur and Miss Mary Logan, and piano stool by Miss Grant; but there were many others, excellent in ther way both in embroidery, cushions, cosies, slippers, &c., while the useful in articles of wear seem to get the attention and care which is due.13



In October 1869, Euphemia passed her seminary on to Miss Panton.14

Euphemia Scott Gibb was recorded as the spouse of Donald Nicholson in the 1871 census at 3 Edgar Terrace, Hulton Street, Moss Side, Manchester. She was recorded as being 31 years old. Also in the house was her and Donald's infant son, as well as 5 children from his previous marriage aged 8 to 14.15 Euphemia and Donald Nicholson, aged 37 became the parents of Charles Leigh Clare Nicholson in May 1872 at Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester. Interestingly, the infant's name 'Charles Leigh Clare' is the same as Donald's employer 6 years later (Charles Leigh Clare & Co.) Was Donald repaying a debt of gratitude?.16,17,18 She presumably lived with her spouse Donald at Plumley, Cheshire, in June 1878.19 She presumably lived with her spouse Donald at Lower Peover, Cheshire, in December 1879.20

Euphemia Scott Gibb was recorded as the spouse of Donald Nicholson in the 1881 census at Plumley Moor, Plumley, Cheshire. She was recorded as being 40 yearsold; in the house were also her 5 children.18

Euphemia and her husband Donald emigrated 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.21,17,22 Euphemia and her husband Donald 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.21,23,17



The Nicholsons were granted 90 acres of land at Tasmania on April 1884.24

On Wednesday, 21 January 1885, Euphemia opened the Olive House Seminary for young ladies at at Laura Street in the Launceston suburb of Cataract Hill, Tasmania. The name was selected as this was already the name of the house.25,26

The first class-list report was released by the Seminary in January 1886, and Lily featured in the junior classes. For more than a decade, the newspapers reported the academic results in detail using the same copy, no doubt being directly informed by the proprietor.27,28,29

It was reported on Tuesday, 21 December 1886 that the Olive House Seminary finished its examinations for the year, showing strong improvements on the year before. The school had built a new building during the year allowing double the number of students; Euphemia and Lily were aknowledged by the students, and Lily was mentioned several times for academic acheivments. Evidently males were now allowed at the Seminary, as George received a first class award for bible studies, geography, grammar and composition, English history, Roman history, arithmetic, dictation, drawing.30

Lily was recognised for academic acheivement in bible knowledge, English, grammar, geography, arithmetic, composition and dictation, French, drawing, pianoforte, whilst Charles, Angus and George attended the evening school.31

In the end of year awards in December 1888 at Olive House Seminary, Charles Leigh Clare, Angus, George and Lily featured highly amongst the award winners.32

On Friday, 20 December 1889 the Launceston Training College finished their year, and announced that they were going to establish a recreational ground and gymnasium, as well as kindergarten. They also announced a change in name from Olive House Seminary to Launceston Training College. Euphemia was described by the chairman of the meeting as quite "an enthusiast". Further "an interesting programme of songs, piano solos, duets, and recitations was given by the pupils in a manner reflecting credit upon themselves and their instructors, the more so as the children had had only five lessons in elocution." Euphemia was presented with a writing desk."33,34,35
Donald Nicholson and Euphemia Scott Gibb c1890
(source: B. L. Nicholson)


On the evening of Thursday, 26 June 1890, the Launceston Training College hosted a reunion at Milton Hall in Fredrick Street, in Launceston, Tasmania. It was estimated that more that 400 people attended. George and Lily performed a violin and piano duet of "Old's new gavotte"; Lily also performed in a number of other acts.36

The students of Launceston Training College gave a concert in aid of their prize fund on Tuesday, 2 September 1890 at Launceston, Tasmania, where "[t]here was a good attendance, and the songs, duets, recitations, and choruses were well received". Lily "who possesses a remarkably sympathetic and cultivated voice, in one so young, which, if not prematurely forced, should in time bring her to the front as a vocalist" sang 'The Better Land' and 'My Mother Binds My Hair' George also took part in the programme with a violin solo.37,38

At the end of term in 18 December 1890, Euphemia hosted the Christmas exhibition of departmental school work, at which prizes were awarded and she presented the college report. Her daughter Lily sang a number of songs including "The Castle Gates" and was lauded by the newspaper as having 'a sweet voice of much flexibility and promise'.39,40

Charles, George and Lily were awarded honours in the junior class of the Trinity College London musical knowledge examination in March 1891.41,42,43

The Launceston Training College had its annual exhibition on Thursday, 17 December 1891 in Y.M.C.A Hall Brisbane Street, in Launceston, Tasmania. It was so well attended that some were not able to be admitted. Lady Hamilton, the wife of the Govenor, was received by Euphemia and Donald. Charles, George and Lily played the violin to acclaim, and George sang "Sion". In the prizes awarded, Lily was seen as the most improved, and also won a special writing pize. Lady Hamilton spoke enthusiastically about what she had seen on her visit, especially the good feelling that existed between the students and teachers, and presented Euphemia with a number of volumes from her Scripture class.44,45,46

Euphemia presented a report in which she said:
" notwithstanding the considerable amount of sickness prevalent in the city they close the year with undiminished numbers. The various branches of study have been prosecuted with diligence, and steady progress has been made in every department. In many instances the sincere desire to learn manifested by the pupils is a source of considerable satisfaction. All the candates who went up for the Trinity College musical theory examination in the junior honours section passed with credit, and there are at present two very satisfactory classes in course of study - one for the junior pass, and one for the intermediate pass and honours seotion in the Trinity College examinations which take place in June next. The conduct has been of a uniformly good character, and in many instances nothing better could be desired. There is an increasing interest being manifested in the studies, which is very satisfactory."45



In November 1892 the results for the June examination for Trinity College, London were announced; both Charles and Lily passed, with Charles getting higher marks.47,48

Charles, George and Lily attended the school run by their mother. Even at that age, George got a higher score for French than his older brother - but RF:Listed witness 2 acheived first place for his Trinity College London Examination in Musical Theory, ahead of his sister.49,50

The Launceston Training Collge held an exhibition on Tuesday, 20 December 1892 at Cataract Hill, Tasmania, where the pubic were invited to inspect the student's work. The school was successful in the Trinity College examinations, with all eight of the students who present passing. Lily was one of the students who was advanced to the studies required for the junior public examination. Lily played an extract from Beethoven's 'Pathetique' and was commended on her execution; she also sang "When Night is Darkest" and dueted with another student to sing "Maying."49,50

In March 1893, Charles and Lily were both awarded Honours and Pass certificates in music knowledge in connection with Trinity College London in June the previous year.51

In November 1893, Charles and Lily were both awarded Honours and Pass certificates in music knowledge in connection with Trinity College London in June.52

Lily was given a crystal mounted photgraph of the Cataract Gorge at a social on Tuesday, 30 June 1896; Euphemia and Donald both attended.53

The Launceston Training College had its annual presentation night; Euphemia was presented with a photograph album and Lily trained the students "who deserves every credit for the manner in which they went through their various performances."47

George was mentioned for academic achievement: on 2 May 1899:
At the recent Sydney University examinations, George Nicholson, son of Mr. Donald Nicholson, of this city, took the degree of Bachelor of Arts. He took the University medal, Professor Anderson's prize, and first-class honours in logic and mental philosophy, first-class honours in English, French, and German, Professor McCallum's prize for English, and the law studentship of £50 a year for three years. He was equal with the man who obtained the travelling scholarship of £150 for three years, the scholarship being given to the elder man because he was too old to compete again. Young Nicholson was at one time employed at the Town-hall here, and since going to the Sydney University has, by hard work and perseverance, gained £320 in money prizes alone.

His parents must have been very proud.54

The Launceston Training College gave 'an entertainment to their parents' at Temperance Hall, in Launceston, Tasmania, on Monday, 11 December 1899.55

Two youths who had stolen 15s worth of carpentry tools from the Nicholson household were taken to Police Court. Donald, suffering from about of influenza, declined to prosecute due to the age of the accused.56,57 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)
In January 1910 Lily Euphemia Eveline Nicholson and her mother Euphemia Scott Gibb enjoyed a three week holiday to the the North West Coast of Tasmania, stopping at the end at Waratah, Tasmania. At the same time, Lily's future husband was also visiting.58 Euphemia and Donald lived in 1914 at Orr Street, in Queenstown, Tasmania.59 Euphemia Scott Gibb was was engaged in home duties in 1914.59

Euphemia died on 25 May 1915 at Queenstown, Tasmania. She died at home.60,61 Her body was interred at Queenstown General Cemetery at Queenstown, Tasmania. She is buried with her daughter Lily..60
The grave of Euphemia Scott Nicholson and her daughter Lily Eveline Nicholson.
Source: Ancestry user tanyamorphett

Timeline

DateEventPlace
Family
1839BirthAberdeen1,2,3
1851Occupation4
1851Note memo only CR CRWest-End Acadamy, Aberdeen5
1859Note memo only CR CR6
OccupationUnion Row, Aberdeen7,8
1861OccupationAberdeen2
1861Quotation type 39
1862OccupationAberdeen10
1862Quotation type 311
1864Note
1868MarriageAberdeen3,12
1869Quotation type 313
1869Note memo only CR CR14
1885Note memo only CR CR at Laura Street in the Launceston suburb of Cataract Hill, Tasmania25,26
1886Note memo only CR CR27,28,29
1886Note memo only CR CR30
1887Note memo only CR CR31
1888Note memo only CR CR32
1889Note memo only CR CR33,34,35
1890Note memo only CR CRMilton Hall in Fredrick Street, in Launceston, Tasmania36
1890Note memo only CR CRLaunceston, Tasmania37,38
1890Note memo only CR CR39,40
1891Note memo only CR CR41,42,43
1891Note memo only CR CRY.M.C.A Hall Brisbane Street, in Launceston, Tasmania44,45,46
Quotation type 345
1892Note memo only CR CR47,48
1892Note memo only CR CR49,50
1892Note memo only CR CRCataract Hill, Tasmania49,50
1893Note memo only CR CR51
1893Note memo only CR CR52
1896Note memo only CR CR53
1898Note memo only CR CR47
1899Note memo only CR CRTemperance Hall, in Launceston, Tasmania55
1900Occupation-hide10,62,39
1901Note memo only CR CR56,57
1910Note memo onlyWaratah, Tasmania58
1914ResidenceOrr Street, in Queenstown, Tasmania59
1914Occupation59
1915DeathQueenstown, Tasmania60,61
BurialQueenstown General Cemetery, in Queenstown, Tasmania60

Family

Donald Nicholson (6 Jun 1834-24 May 1924)
Children

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