Lily Euphemia Eveline Nicholson1

#257, (June 1878-14 August 1918)
FatherDonald Nicholson (6 Jun 1834-24 May 1924)
MotherEuphemia Scott Gibb (c 1839-25 May 1915)
ChartsNicholson Family 2 - descendants
Descendents of Donald Nicholson
Last Edited13 Jan 2021
Lily Euphemia Eveline Nicholson
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(For a brief history and context on the Nicholson family see this page)

Lily Euphemia Eveline Nicholson was born in June 1878 at Plumley, Cheshire.2,3 She was the daughter of Donald Nicholson and Euphemia Scott Gibb. As of 1879, Lily Euphemia Eveline Nicholson was also known as Eveline.1 She presumably lived with her parents at Lower Peover, Cheshire, in December 1879.4

She was recorded as living with her parents, a servant and her brothers Charles, Angus, George and Donald in the 1881 census at Plumley Moor, Plumley, Cheshire. She was recorded as being just 2 years old. Donald was actually her step-brother, the son of her father and her father's first wife.5

At the age of 5 Lily emigrated from Glasgow on 3 November 1883 on the 'Loch Katrine' with her parents and three older brothers. The ship was described as a 'Magnificent Iron Clipper Ship', and the Nicholsons travelled as second class passengers.6,7,8 Lily 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.6,9,7



The Nicholsons were granted 90 acres of land at Tasmania on April 1884.10

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.11,12,13

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.14

Until about [1887], Lily was listed in the newspaper reports as Lily, but this chganged to 'Evelyn' in later years.

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.15

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.16

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.17

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.18,19

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'.20,21

Charles, George and Lily were awarded honours in the junior class of the Trinity College London musical knowledge examination in March 1891.22,23,24

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.25,26,27

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.28,29

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.30,31

The Launceston Training Collge held an exhibition on Tuesday, 20 December 1892 at at Laura Street in the Launceston suburb of 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."30,31

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.32

In November 1893, Charles and Lily were both awarded Honours and Pass certificates in music knowledge in connection with Trinity College London in June.33

Lily was given a crystal mounted photgraph of the Cataract Gorge at a social on Tuesday, 30 June 1896; Euphemia and Donald both attended.34

In December 1897 she was head teacher at Launceston Training College, a private school founded by her mother.35

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."28

In September 1907 it was announced that she had successfully coached a number of students through London's Trinity College of Music examinations, some with very high marks.36 She was a witness at the wedding of her brother Charles Leigh Clare Nicholson and Louise Augusta Fookes at St. Martin's Church on Sunday, 8 December 1907 at Queenstown, Tasmania.37 Lily lived in December 1907 at Queenstown, Tasmania.38 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.39 She was a painter; some of her pictures are owned by Nancy Nicholson.40 Lily Euphemia Eveline Nicholson was a musician.41 Lily lived in 1914 at Orr Street, in Queenstown, Tasmania.41 She was a music teacher in 1915.42

Her mother died 1915.

She married Albert Henry Fookes, son of Rev. Henry Samuel Cox Fookes and Jane Maria Murray, at Catholic Apostolic Church on Tuesday, 11 September 1917 at the Melbourne suburb of Carlton. She was 39 and her husband Albert was 35.43,44
The grave of Euphemia Scott Nicholson and her daughter Lily Eveline Nicholson.
Source: Ancestry user tanyamorphett


Lily died on 14 August 1918 at Lyell District Hospital, in Queenstown, Tasmania, at age 40 after less than a year of marriage.1,45,46 Her body was interred at Queenstown General Cemetery at Queenstown, Tasmania. She is buried with her mother.46

Timeline

DateEventPlace
Family
Family
1878BirthPlumley, Cheshire2,3
1886Note memo only CR CR11,12,13
1886Note memo only CR CR14
1887Note memo only CR CR
1890Note memo only CR CR20,21
1892Note memo only CR CR at Laura Street in the Launceston suburb of Cataract Hill, Tasmania30,31
1897Note memo only CR CR35
1898Note memo only CR CR28
1907Note memo only CR CR36
1907ResidenceQueenstown, Tasmania38
1910Note memo onlyWaratah, Tasmania39
1910Note memo only40
Occupation41
1914ResidenceOrr Street, in Queenstown, Tasmania41
1915Occupation42
1917Marriage at Catholic Apostolic Church in the Melbourne suburb of Carlton43,44
1918DeathLyell District Hospital, in Queenstown, Tasmania1,45,46
BurialQueenstown General Cemetery, in Queenstown, Tasmania46

Family

Albert Henry Fookes (14 Mar 1882-25 Jun 1960)

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