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History: Looking Back

Looking Back history feature: Labor’s first Illawarra MP, John Nicholson

Looking Back

Nicholson (third from left top row) was also a director of the first Bulli Hospital Board in 1892. Also pictured are A S Artis (Sitting bottom row third from left) whose formal objection to a shortage of ballot papers at Bulli, caused by an "error of judgement" by returning officer Henry Fry (sitting top row 4th from left) caused a by-election in 1891. Nicholson (third from left top row) was also a director of the first Bulli Hospital Board in 1892. Also pictured are A S Artis (Sitting bottom row third from left) whose formal objection to a shortage of ballot papers at Bulli, caused by an “error of judgement” by returning officer Henry Fry (bearded and sitting top row fourth from left) caused a by-election in 1891.

By MICK ROBERTS ©

John Barnes Nicholson John Barnes Nicholson

FOR quarter of a century English born John Barnes Nicholson represented the predominately working class people of the northern Illawarra as a politician.

Labor’s first Illawarra parliamentarian did not find his way to Macquarie Street easily though, and controversy surrounded his 1891 entry into politics.

Nicholson arrived in Sydney in 1882 as a 42 year-old from the Californian gold fields. Mining was in his blood, entering the pits in England as a teenager, and after his Californian adventure, working in the Newcastle coal fields.

Nicholson later…

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About Mick Roberts

A Sydney journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.

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