Illawarra’s first Labor MP: John Barnes Nicholson

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…