Thomas Nicholson 1777-1878
An Old Time Identity-Mr A. Morton, curator of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, has received a portrait of a very old colonist, now deceased, which should, from a historical point of view, be of interest. The picture, which is executed in oils, is a likeness of the late Mr. Thomas Nicholson, barrister and attorney, who practiced in Hobart from the year 1833 until about 1862, or thereabouts, when he quitted Tasmania, and, returning to England, settled down for the remaining years of his life at Hawkswell, in Yorkshire, adjacent to his birthplace, where he expired on September 9, 1878, aged 106 years. He was admitted as attorney to the Court of King’s Bench in 1800, and married Amelia, daughter of Chas. Kensington, of Blackheath, Kent in the year 1814. During the course of his Tasmanian career (says the “Mercury”) he officiated in many public capacities, one being that of Attorney-General, upon Sir Alfred Stephen being elevated to the bench in Sydney during the Governorship of Colonel Arthur. This he subsequently resigned, and acted as chairman and Commissioner of the Caveat Board, the law relating to grants of land being then just in force. The portrait is a faithful representation of the deceased when he was 99 years of age, and will be recognised by many old colonists who are left in Hobart. It is the gift of his grandson, Mr. A. G. Nicholson, and is intended by the curator to form one of a number of similar portraits to be hung in one of the galleries as soon as they can be got together, and which ought to form a valuable collection of interesting faces.
The Mercury, 11 March 1897, p. 2