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 ©
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.
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