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Former Member Details

Sir Charles NICHOLSON (1808 - 1903)

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Date of Birth: 23/11/1808
Place of Birth: Cockermouth, Cumberland, England
Date of Death: 08/11/1903
Place of Death: England
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 01 Jun 1843 20 Jun 1848 5 years 20 days An Elective Member of the first Legislative Council 1843 - 1856 for the District of Port Phillip
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 01 Jul 1848 30 Jun 1851 3 years An Elective Member of the first Legislative Council 1843 - 1856 for the County of Argyle
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 01 Sep 1851 29 Feb 1856 4 years 6 months An Elective Member of the first Legislative Council 1843 - 1856 for the County of Argyle
Chairman of Committees 02 Aug 1844 19 May 1846 1 year 9 months 18 days
Speaker of the Legislative Council 20 May 1846 20 Jun 1848 2 years 1 month 1 day
Speaker of the Legislative Council 15 May 1849 30 Jun 1851 2 years 1 month 16 days
Speaker of the Legislative Council 14 Oct 1851 29 Feb 1856 4 years 4 months 16 days
Member of the Executive Council 30 Jan 1856 03 Mar 1856 1 month 3 days
Political Party Activity
Community Activity
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Medical practitioner (physician); landowner; businessman; scholar and connoisseur. After private education by tutors, he went to the University of Edinburgh to study medecine, graduating in 1833.
Military Service
Honours Received
Knighted 1852; created a baronet 1859.
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Appointed Member of the Legislative Council of Queensland 1859 - 1862; President of the Legislative Council of Queensland 1859 - 1862.
Local Government Activity
Personal
Son of Charles Nicholson, merchant and agent to Lord Egremont, and his wife Barbara Ascough. His parents died while he was a child and he was brought up by a maiden aunt in Yorkshire.
Additional Information
Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 2. The Nicholson Papers are in the Sydney University Archives.