The murder of young nurse Nina Nicholson in 1991 injected fear into her small country town.
Nina, 22, was from Clunes, near Ballarat, Victoria,VIC and was found dead on her back verandah on the evening of September 10, 1991. Nina was dressed in her nurse’s uniform as she was on her way to her regular night shift at St John of God Hospital in Ballarat. Nina had a routine and would go to her parents’ home and have dinner with them before returning to her home to get ready for her shift, which started an 9.30pm. Nina’s husband was a truck driver and was on an interstate run on the night his wife was murdered.
It was determined by the pathologist’s report that Nina was bashed to death – multiple blows to her head by a blunt object – when she stepped out on to her back verandah just before she was due to leave for her night shift.
Police have struggled to find any motive for the murder. By all accounts she was a quiet, happily married young woman who loved her job. Her handbag, which was on the verandah near her body, was untouched.
In 2005 it was reported that the Victoria Police Homicide Squad’s cold case unit had interviewed a man over Nina’s murder, however no charged have been laid and there has never been an abundance of information or leads on the case.