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Myra Nicholson
Myra Nicholson
Birth: 14 December 1894
Clarkes Hill, Victoria, Australia
Death: 20 September 2007
Box Hill, Victoria, Australia
Age: 112 years, 280 days
Country: AustraliaAUS

Myra "Nicky" Nicholson (née Leviston; 14 December 1894 – 20 September 2007) was the oldest living Australian and the 11th-oldest validated person in the world following the death of French doyenne Marie-Simone Capony on 15 September 2007.


Myra Nicholson came from Blackburn, Victoria, but was born at Clarkes Hill, near Ballarat on 14 December 1894. She descended from a family with a history of longevity – many lived well into their 90s, and a distant relative, Vera Labbett, lived to 109. Her husband, Harold, died in 1971.

Nicholson shopped independently as a nonagenarian and was still enjoying life at the age of 100. She described her centennial in 1994 as "lovely". She lived on her own until the age of 102, and she became Australia's oldest person at the age of 109 upon the death of 110-year-old Sarah Davey on 3 July 2004. In July 2006, she was the subject of a controversy in which she had to move out of the closing Blackburn Aged Care Facility and into her family's home.

Nicholson died on 20 September 2007 due to a mild case of bronchitis at the age of 112 years and 280 days[1]. Shortly before her death, bedridden Nicholson was quoted as saying, "I can't do anything by myself. I get sick of it". She left one son, three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. After her death, E. Beatrice Riley, who was born in 1896, became the oldest Australian.



Australia's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (V • TE)

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