The electorate of Nicholls was created in 2018
after a redistribution of the Federal seats in Victoria.
Most of this new electorate was formerly part of Murray, which took in the municipalities of Strathbogie in the south, Greater Shepparton in the centre, most of Moira in the north, Campaspe and part of Loddon in the west.
Due to changes in Victoria's population, the areas of Loddon Shire have moved to the electorate of Mallee, half of Strathbogie Shire has gone to the electorate of Indi and the Nicholls electorate has gained Seymour and Broadford from the electorate of McEwen and the remaining portion of Moira Shire, including Tungamah, from the electorate of Indi.
The new electorate is named after Yorta Yorta man Pastor Sir Doug Nicholls and Djadjawurrung & Baraparapa woman Lady Gladys Nicholls, who also had Punjabi-Indian heritage. Both of whom were born and raised on the Cummeragunja Aboriginal Mission in NSW, just over the river from the Victorian town of Barmah where Lady Gladys' father ran a General Store.
Sir Doug began work at 13 as a tar boy on a shearing team and a general hand on local farms. As he got older, he began playing local footy - including for Tongala - before moving to Melbourne to seek a VFL career.
Doug was drafted by Carlton, but later left the club after experiencing racism. He then played for Northcote's VFA side before being drafted to Fitzroy where he played 6 seasons and represented his state. Sir Doug was also an accomplished sprinter and boxer.
After the Cummeragunja walk off in 1939, Lady Gladys moved to Melbourne with her then-Husband Herbert and worked in the Maribyrnong munitions factory.
Both Doug and Gladys Nicholls worked hard for their community, alongside other Aboriginal leaders such as William Cooper. They built, lobbied and raised funds for the Australian Aborigine's League which helped to secure the welfare, safety and rights for the growing Aboriginal community in Melbourne's north, during a time in which Indigenous people were still denied full citizenship rights in this nation.
Sir Doug became a pastor and preached in Fitzroy. After Lady Gladys' husband passed away, the pair became close and later married.
The couple were heavily involved in the Aborigines Advancement League, the Federal Council for the Advancement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and many other community and government organisations, as well as the 1967 referendum.
Sir Doug was named Victoria's Father of the Year in 1962, received an MBE, an OBE, a Knighthood, met both Queen Elizabeth and the Pope and became Governor of South Australia.
Throughout their lives, Sir Doug and Lady Nicholls advocated strongly for their community, for equal rights, for reconciliation and honoured their culture and their country - as their children and grandchildren do today.
If elected, Andrew Bock will do his utmost to emulate their hard work and service by securing the prosperity of those living in the Goulburn-Murray region, as the inaugural Member for Nicholls.