The Golden Wheel

David Shelly Nicholl


Is there one of your readers who remembers the distinguished Rotarian David Shelly Nicholl of the now defunct Barnes Club of London?

David was editor of the RIBI magazine Rotary in the 1970-80’s and the author of “THE GOLDEN WHEEL – The Story of Rotary from 1905”. The foreword was written by H.R.H. The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. This seminal work was published by McDonald & Evans, of Estover, Plymouth in 1984.

Despite extensive inquiries in the UK I have been able to find only one person who can remember David and I am told that his name does not appear in any official Rotary records. Considering the importance of his book in charting the history of the Rotary movement I have come to think of David as the forgotten man of Rotary.



I would be most grateful to any reader who might help me fill in details of David’s career or perhaps lead me to a photograph of him or a contact with one of his surviving relatives. Indeed it is just possible that David
himself is still alive.





Dr. Wolfgang Ziegler
RC of Ammersee, German
Rotary Historian