NICHOLS, Mary continued ...
Few know the reason of the naming of that part of the river. One
day while Mr Nichols was riding a young horse along the river, a
wild bull chased him. The horse threw Mr Nichols, who promptly
climbed up a handy tree for safety and remained there from early
morning till late at night, when he was rescued by some friends.
That was fifty years ago, and since that day Nichols' Point has
been the name of the spot.
Mr Nichols died on 8/3/1914 in Mildura, at the age of 85 years. It
had always been his wife's ambition to live to a greater age, and
this she succeeded in doing by only a few months.
Mrs Nichols had an only brother named John Middleton, and
together they established a boarding house known as the Victoria
boarding house in Lime Avenue, which is still being utilised for the
same purpose. Mrs Nichols was associated with that business for
about fourteen years, when she retired to lead a private life in
Walnut Avenue, Mildura. Her brother retired also and lived till
By Mrs Nichols' death the last of the Middleton family has gone,
but during her span in this world, many sons and daughters were
born, and nor grandsons and great grandsons and daughters
exist. The eldest son is sixty-six years of age, and is Mr John
George Nichols of Wentworth. The other sons are Messrs Henry
Thomas Nichols of the River Darling, Randolph Edward Nichols of
Merbein, and George Middleton Nichols of Hopetown. The
daughters Mrs Mary Coombes of Queensland; Mrs Emily Pike of
Ninth Street, Mildura; Mrs Maggie Murphy of Adelaide; Mrs Eliza
Groats, Curlwaa (decd); Mrs Adelaide James, Don Store, Mildura;
Mrs Maude Lush of Walnut Avenue , and Mrs Ada Downes of
Dandenong. The remaining members of the Nichols family are well
known and highly respected.
NICHOLS, John George (1855-1929)
Parents: John Henry NICHOLS & Mary MIDDLETON
Chronicle, 12 Dec 1929
The death occurred of Mr. John George Nichols at his residence.
Sandwych-street. Wentworth, on Tuesday evening at the age of 72.
He was born at Mount Torrens, and went to the Wentworth
district when an infant. For years he livad with his parents on
Lake Victoria station, and afterwards was employed on the
Moorna station. He left a familv of seven sons and two daughters,
namely, Messrs. H. Nichols (Mildurai, George Nichols (Adelaide),
Alex Nichols (Mel bourne), Arthur Nichols (Moama), Leslie
Nichols (Euston), Andrew Nichols (Wentworth), and Daniel
Nichols (Sydney), Mrs. Andrews (Echuca), and Miss Ruby Nichols
NICHOLS, Mary (1835-1920)
Parents: George MIDDLETON & Margaret HAYES
Sunraysia Daily, 6 Dec 1920
One of Sunraysia's oldest residents, Mrs Mary Nichols of Walnut
Avenue, Mildura, died peacefully yesterday morning at 6.45
o'clock, at Nurse Gidding's private hospital. Mrs Nichols, who
had reached the age of eighty-five years, was in fairly good health
up till some months ago, but during the past few weeks was very
The life of Mrs Nichols was full of incidents. She was born on
May 20th 1835, in the Parish of Gravesend, Kent, England, and
twelve months later arrived in Australia by the ship Coromandel,
with her parents, Mr & Mrs John [George] Middleton. The party
landed in Glenelg, in South Australia, amongst the wild blacks,
and having no hotels to supply accommodation, went to sleep on
mother earth. The whole batch of Englishmen - the very old
pioneers who blazed the track - sent a request to the Government
for horses. Tents were provided, and so the party commenced
their lives in Australia. Mrs Nichols was in South Australia for
nearly twenty years. The father was an expert architect, and was
responsible for some of the most substantial Adelaide buildings.
Then the family came to the great Australian river, and settled on
the banks, near Lake Victoria. Mr John Nichols, at the time, was in
the same locality, and married the then Miss Mary Middleton.
And so the Nichols family - which is now spread all over the
Commonwealth of Australia - originated. For many years they
resided at the point on the river now known as Nichols' Point.
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