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Former Member Details

Mr Harold Sprent NICHOLAS, M.A (1877 - 1953)

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Date of Birth: 08/01/1877
Place of Birth: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Date of Death: 11/06/1953
Place of Death: Darlinghurst, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 08 Sep 1932 22 Apr 1934 1 year 7 months 15 days Life Appointment under the Constitution Act. Date of Writ of Summons 7 September 1932
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 23 Apr 1934 04 Jan 1935 8 months 13 days A Member of the indirectly elected Council 1934 - 1978. Date of Election 19 December 1933. A Member before reconstitution.
Political Party Activity
United Australia Party (UAP)
Community Activity
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Lawyer (barrister). Educated at Hutchins School, Hobart, University of Tasmania and Corpus Christi College, Oxford, exhibitioner, MA; called to the Bar, Inner Temple in London in 1901 and to the New South Wales Bar in 1901; in practice mainly as a consultant and adviser, especially constitutional matters; counsel assisting Royal Commission on Commonwealth Constitution from 1926 until 1927; appointed as a Justice of the New South Wales Supreme Court and Probate Judge in 1935, chief judge in Equity of New South Wales from 1939 - 1947; wrote leading articles for Sydney Morning Herald and Daily Telegraph; president of British Drama League; active in Round Table group, in Institute of International Affairs, first editor from 1929 - 1935 in Australian Quarterly; author in 1926, 1940 and 1948; Australian and Union Clubs.
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Son of William Nicholas, grazier, and Alice Mary Sprent. Married (1) Mabel Woodhead on 14 April 1914 and had issue, 1 daughter and 1 son. Married (2) Grace Gellibrand Nicholas on 13 July 1941. Funeral at Northern Suburbs crematorium from St James' Church of England, Sydney.
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