Collan Nicholas
Collan Nicholas born circa 1837 Cornwall, England, emigrated to New Zealand in 1869, died 5 November 1909 aged 72 years, buried 6 November 1909 MacKay Cemetery, Queensland, married circa 1867, reg. Sep 1867 St. Austell, vol. 5c page 142, Emily Caroline Harry, born 5 February 1849, Bodmin, Cornwall, England, reg. Mar 1849 Bodmin vol. 9 page 37, youngest child of Edmund Harry, a physician, and his wife Amy Clarke, bapt. 7 March 1849 Bodmin, Cornwall, England, emigrated to New Zealand in 1869, died 27 June 1920 aged 70 at the residence of her daughter Mrs Josie Sharman, 5 Paterson Street, Brunswick, reg. no 4717

1. Collan Edmund Nicholas, born circa 1868, reg Sep 1868, St. Austell vol. 5c page 12[14], drowned while fishing at Invercargill 30 October 1885, reg. 1885/5207 aged 17 years 
2. Edmund Harry Nicholas (grocer) reg. 1870/36890 New Zealand,  married 24 August 1896 Launceston, Tasmania, Alice Matilda Ray daughter of Alfred and Ellen Ray     
3. James Martyn Nicholas reg. 1872/38861 New Zealand, died 1872, reg. 1872/8675 aged 6 weeks 

4. Emily Josephine Nicholas reg. 1874/14731 New Zealand

5. Amy Clark Nicholas reg. 1877/3307 New Zealand

6. Evelyn Wood Nicholas reg. 1883/6282 New Zealand   

7. Theresa Annette Nicholas reg. 1885/1392 New Zealand
Philip Christie Nicholas

also see
Nicholas and Dougall [James Martyn Nicholas, brother of Collan and William Dougall]   
Nicholas Bros [James Martyn Nicholas and Richard John Nicholas]

Buildings seem to grow apace in this township of Milton. During the past week Mr C. Nicholas has opened his new establishment next the Post Office, which is now quite thrown thereby into the background.
Bruce Herald, Volume VI, Issue 628, 16 June 1869

Saturday, 24th February, at 2 o'clock
Important Clearing - Out Sale Of Freehold Property, Stationery., &c, R. W. Capstick has received instructions from Mr Collan Nicholas, Photographer, Milton, Tokomairiro, to sell by auction, on the premises, on Saturday, the 24th inst., at 2 o'clock sharp.

All that piece or parcel of land, being part of sections 2 and 3, Block II., Mr James Elder Brown's subdivision of the Township of Milton, having a frontage of 30 feet to the Main South Road, and a depth of 155 feet, containing 20 poles (more or less), together with Stationer's Shop, and a four roomed dwelling-house, and detached newly erected Portrait Gallery 30ft in length, lighted from the roof and on both sides. Having spared no expense in making it perfect, the shop is replete, and fitted up so as to economise space. The whole of the valuable stock can be had by the purchaser of property, at valuation, otherwise the whole will be sold without reserve.

N.B.—The Auctioneer begs to inform his friends and the public in general, that the declining health of Mr. and Mrs Nicholas makes it imperative (and is the sole reason) for them to leave Milton. The property adjoins the Post Office, and directly opposite the Bank of Otago, situated in the most central part of the township. Terms at sale.
Otago Daily Times, Issue 3134, 22 February 1872, Page 4

Evening Star, Issue 6962, 23 July 1886

The first meeting of creditors in the estate of Collan Nicholas, of Milton, photographer, was held at the Assignee's office this afternoon. Mr Fraser appeared for the bankrupt.

The bankrupt's statement showed: Liabilities, L 353 14s 10d; assets, L 255; deficiency, L98 14s 10d. The Bruce Property Investment and Building Society are secured creditors for L200, holding a mortgage on house, shop, and a quarter acre of land in Milton. The principal unsecured creditors are:—J. Horsburgh, L33; New Zealand Drug Company, L56 11s;  J. Wilkie and Co., L15; 'Otago Daily Times,' L13; R. T. Wheeler, L8; J. Braithwaite, L6; P. Hayman and Co., L6.

The bankrupt, examined, stated that he had been in business seventeen years [therefore since about 1869], and his present position was owing to sickness in his family and the death of a son [Collan Edmund Nicholas] by drowning at Invercargill. He could not offer more than 2s in the £. The meeting adjourned for a week.
Evening Star, Issue 6966, 28 July 1886

The death occurred at the District Hospital yesterday of Mr. Collan Nicholas, late proprietor of the St. Austell photographic studio. Mr. Nicholas was 72 years of age at the time of his death. He originally came from St. Austell, Cornwall. He had just disposed of his Mackay business, and one of his sons had just opened in business at the Proserpine. The deceased leaves a widow and one daughter, who at present reside in Melbourne, and two sons. The youngest son (who had been at the Proserpine to assist his brother) returned from the north yesterday, and will thus be able to attend his father's funeral, which takes place to-day at 10a.m.
Daily Mercury (Mackay, Qld.) Saturday 6 November 1909, page 4



above cdv courtesy of The Laurence Eagle Collection


 Tokomairiro, Otago



brisphoto said...

The photographer is Collan Nicholas, who also worked earlier in the South Island with his brother Richard as Nicholas Brothers in the Lawrence area. He later followed his brother Richard to Launceston, Tasmania before they established a studio in Mackay, Queensland. Cheers! Marcel Safier, Brisbane, Queensland.

Anonymous said...

While apparently Collan died at Mackay on 5 Nov 1909, does anyone have any information on the fate of his brother Richard?

Early Canterbury Photography said...

Hello Ron,

It's taken me most of the day to find this ... a posting on RootsWeb indicates that perhaps Richard John Nicholas died in Kenya about 1910, how this could be proved I do not know. I'm not familiar with African records. He did not die in New Zealand and I couldn't find his death in Australia.

See separate page for Richard John Nicholas for more information -

His brother James Martyn Nicholas died at Rakaia 9 February 1916
His sister Amy Frater died 4 February 1926.