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Papers of Matthew Archibald Nicholson, 1986-1988



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A King's Scholar from 1936 - 1941, and Captain of the Boats, he saw war service in the RAF. He then took a 1st in the classical tripos at King's College Cambridge and was President of the University Boat Club. He returned to Eton as an assistant master in 1947, taking on a house between 1963 and 1978, and retired in 1984. In 1951 he took over the coaching of the VIII. In 1986 he was elected Vice-Provost, but ill-health forced him to retire in 1988. He was a lover of Eton and Etonian tradition; he led those who regretted the replacement of river bathing by a swimming pool. He fought hard against the abolition of the Choir School. His knowledge and love of Eton were to be put to use, in collaboration with David Macindoe, on a history of Eton, but both men died with the task scarcely begun.


1968 - 1995

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An assistant master 1947.3 - 1984.3, house master 1961 - 1978 and Vice-Provost 1986 - 1988, when he retired due to ill-health.

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Eton College Chronicle 13 Dec 1984; 12 May 1986; 20 March 1989
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