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Arthur Trimmer

Arthur Trimmer (1805-1877) was one of three brothers who were early settlers in the Swan River colony. He arrived per Atwick 25 April 1829 with brother William, Spencer having arrived in 1929. Married Mary Ann Spencer (daughter of Sir Richard of Albany) 1836, 8 chn. Was in partnership with Bland at York, sheep farming.
Missionary Louis Giustiniani accused "Trimmer and other gentlemen" of organising a "hunting party" to shoot as many Aborigines as possible. Giustiniani also claimed Souper shot and killed an Aboriginal woman and wounded an Aboriginal man. The woman's ears were cut off and Trimmer hung them in his kitchen as a trophy, his house being next to Bland who was the Government Resident. "Mr Trimmer who permits such barbarous acts in his house, is invited to the Governor's table".

TRIMMER, Arthur, b. 1807, d. 7.3.1877, son of Joshua & Jane, arr. 25.4.1831 per Atwick, with brother William, m 18.4.1836 Mary Ann SPENCER b. 1818 d. 24.8.1886. dtr. of Sir Richard. Chd. Ellen Spencer b. 1837 (York) d. 1899, Sophie Jane b. 1839 d. 1890, Richard b. 1843 d. 1888, Blanche b. 1845 d. 1918, Jessie Emily Spencer b. 1847 d. 1891 (SA), Lucy Ann b. 1850 d. 1924, Octavia Sarah Grace b. 1853, Edward Algernon b. & d. 1856. At York 1830s with Bland, leasing Govt. Farm. Granted 15,200 acres with brother, selected in Avon district. Arr. 6.1836 per Cleopatra from honeymoon with his bride. Took up land at Pootenup near Cranbrook. JP 1856 & Sub-protector of Aborigines, Albany district. Member of Bd. of Educ. Employed 4 T/L men on occasions 1865-1874 at Pootenup & Eticup. His widow resided at "Annesfield" Albany.

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