Giving to College
St Paul’s College extends its sincere gratitude to The Hon Henric Nicholas QC for his generous donations to the College over the years.
As an active member of the Kimberley Foundation Australia (KFA), Mr Nicholas has a history of supporting Indigenous art, especially from the Kimberley region. In February of this year, he gave the College from Mike Donaldson’s three volume series Kimberley Rock Art. The works were described as “the seminal series on the ancient art sites” [abc.net.au], and cover the rock art of the vast Kimberley region, totalling over a thousand photos across the series and representing the culmination of 20 years of documentation and photography by Donaldson. Mr Nicholas hopes that browsing Donaldson’s epic series might inspire some of the men to consider participating in the scientific research teams in the Kimberley, specifically in the dating and analysis of rock art.
Volume One: Mitchell Plateau Area
Volume Two: North Kimberley
Volume Three: Rivers and Ranges
In August 2015 Mr Nicholas kindly donated the dazzlingly colourful 14-306 Pukara work by accomplished Aboriginal Australian artist Jimmy Donnegan. The work can currently be found hanging above the door in the Junior Common Room.
JIMMY DONNEGAN [b. 1940]
Acrylic on linen
153 x 122 cm
In August of 2014 Mr Nicholas made another donation of a painting by an Aboriginal Australian, the untitled work by Miriwoong artist Phyllis Ningamara. The work currently hangs in pride of place in the main reception area of the College offices.
PHYLLIS NINGAMARA [b. 1944]
Ochre on canvas
101 x 137cm
Mr Nicholas’ donations are wonderful additions to St Paul’s College, enriching cultural horizons and helping residents of the College appreciate the rich artistic culture of Australia, both now and in the past. More information regarding Kimberley Rock Art projects can be found at the Kimberley Foundation Australia website, and Mr Nicholas would be delighted to explore prospects with anyone who may be interested.
The Hon Henric Nicholas QC (in College 1958-61)
Mr Nicholas was admitted to the NSW Bar in 1966 and was appointed Queens Counsel in 1981. He was a Judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales from 2003 until 2013 (continuing as an Acting Judge until 2014), but has now returned to practice as a Mediator at Sixth Floor Selborne Wentworth Chambers. He is also a former director of NSW Cultural Management Ltd., a former chairman of St Paul’s College, and an honorary councillor of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW. He is an arts/law graduate of Sydney University. Mr Nicholas joined the Kimberley Foundation Australia Board in 2000 and was Chairman of the Board from February 2000 until November 2009.