Oliver John Nilsen
|Oliver John Nilsen
|70th Lord Mayor of Melbourne|
|Preceded by||Sir James Stanley Disney|
|Succeeded by||Sir William John Brens|
17 August 1884|
|Died||24 October 1977
Born in Collingwood, Nilsen was educated at Rathdowne Street State School, Carlton and the Working Men's College. On 4 September 1907 Nilsen married Ethel Margaret Williams at the Fitzroy Presbyterian Church. In 1916 he established Oliver J. Nilsen & Co. (later Oliver J. Nilsen (Australia) Ltd), an electrical business, which moved to 45 Bourke Street in 1924.
In later life he lived in Kooyong Road, Caulfield, Victoria; and every Christmas he would decorate an enormous tree on his front lawn with electric lights, long before it became the fashion to do so.
On 6 February 1925 Nilsen was granted the first commercial radio broadcasting license in Victoria, Australia for station 3UZ, which the Nilsen family retained until 1985. In 1996 the callsign was changed to Radio Sport 927.
Nilsen was elected to the Melbourne City Council in 1934, representing the Gipps Ward. He sat on the electric-supply committee for thirty years. He was elected Lord Mayor of Melbourne in August 1951 and served until 1952. Nilsen retired from the Melbourne City Council in 1964.
- Nilsen, Oliver John (1884 - 1977) Australian Dictionary of Biography