Melbourne Rowing Club (VIC)
Thomas Colles wrote an essay on rowing in Victoria in 1860s which was included in John Lang's book The Victorian Oarsman and which included the following insights into Nicholls.
Mostly a sculler. He was very plucky and very lucky. He accumulated a great number of trophies, but they were not all obtained in first-class rowing. He never seemed to have mastered the first principles of scientific rowing. If he had he never put them into practice.
Known rowing record
1862 - Geelong and Barwon Regatta, Maiden Gig, three seat - First
1871 - Melbourne Regatta, Senior Gigs, bow - First