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The suburb was named after Sir Douglas Ralph Nicholls who was born in 1906 at
Cumeragunja, an aboriginal mission in NSW. He played for Fitzroy in the VFL and was a
champion sprinter. He joined the church of Christ in 1932 and was knighted in 1972. He was
appointed Governor of South Australia in December 1976 but ill-health forced his retirement in
April 1977. He died in 1988.
Development of Nicholls began in 1991. It is the sixth-most populous suburb in Canberra, after
Kambah, Ngunnawal, Wanniassa, Gordon and Kaleen.
One of the original Gungahlin suburbs, Nicholls just about has it all as far as Canberra suburbs
go. It has two golf courses and a country club, a pond, a licensed club, large tracts of nature
reserve, several schools, a historic tourist precinct, a miniature English Village and a shopping
Once the area of Nicholls comprised little more than the Gold Creek tourist area alongside the
Barton Highway, with its historic buildings, the Cockington Green model village and the
George Harcourt Inn.
It also includes the Harcourt Hill Estate, which sits high on the north-west corner of the
suburb, providing great views over northern Canberra. Many houses in this area sell for more
than $1 million.
The streets in Nicholls are named after sportsmen and women.
Suburb Guide - Nicholls
Post Code: 2913
Named After: Sir Douglas
Ralph Nicholls - Former
Governor of South Australia
Median House Price:
Median Unit Price: $448,000
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