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Death of Colonel Trimble.

(PBB PBBSS ASSOCIATION.) Nbw Plymouth, September 5. Obituary— Colonel Trimble, formerly M.H.R., and Judge of the Native Land Conrt, aged 75. [Deceased gentleman was bom near Belfast,* lreland, in 1824, and served bis apprenticeship withßerdman and Sons, spinners, Sion Mills, County Tyronae. When about 21 he went to America where he remained for two or three years. It may be said that be was brought up in the strictest of ' striot Presbyterian faith, but in America be oame in close oontact with Dr. Chanmug and became a Unitarian. Later he returned to Manchester, and. still later took up his residence in Liverpool as a member of the firm of Wm. Watson and Co., of New York, commission j merchants (linen). In 1856 he married Miss Jane Hey wood, eldest daughter of Alderman Abel Heywood, of Manchester. About this time he beyan to take an active part in tbe volunteer movement, and joined the original Liverpool Irish. However, he did not stay in the corps long, but with two or three friends started 'a. rifle corps, a pc» ouliar rule in regard to whioh was that eaoh member should wear a linen overall over his uniform. Later on he joined the 15th Lancashire Artillery, which then only consisted of two batteries and soon after (this was about 1860) he raised another battery at his own expense. Later on it was decided to extend operations, the strength having been increased to six batteries.. By this time deceased was appointed Lieut.-Colonel, and he held that position until the time he left Liverpool, when he was appointed Honorary Colonel. He was also a member of the council of volunteer officers that considered the organisation of the volunteer forces in England. At tbe end of the American Civil War deceased took a leading part in Buoooring the freed of the South. In 1875, just before leaving, the leading men of Manchester entertained him at a dinner. Col, Trimble, with his family, arrived in the colony 1875, and settled in Taranaki, near Inglewood, where he purchased from the Provincial Government some 2000 acres of land. His aotivity soon led him to take a part in publto affairs, and his knowledge and ability at once made a most welcome addition to the public men of tbe district. He was first chairj man of the Taranaki County constituted after the abolition of the Provincial Government system, and he was also first chairman of the Inglewood Towu Board. Ho was a sturdy opponent of the New Plymouth Harbor loan and a president of the Taranaki A. and P. Association. In 1807 he was returned to Parliament and immediately took rank as a leading man in all the debates.- 'For many years he was a member of and chairman of the native affairs committee. In 1887 when his electorate was driven further down the ooast he failed to seoure re-election. Later on he was for a short time a judge of the ; Native Land Court, retiring in 1891 or 1892, and after that, by reason of increasing age and infirmities he gradually withdrew into a very quiet private ( life. For some little time past he had ' been very feeble, and bis death was not unexpected. He will long be re- , membered as an able, experienced and courteous gentleman. Colonel i Trimble leaves a widow and four ; ! eons, Messrs Trimble, of Hawera ; < A. Trimble, Inglewood ; Dr. Trimble, ■ solioitor, Wairarapa ; and Mr Heyward , < ; Trimblo, of tho Lands Depa tment ; and ' three daughters, Mrs A, Majont and I ■ two uaaaarried. | [ <

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Death of Colonel Trimble., Hawera & Normanby Star, Volume XXXVII, Issue 5019, 5 September 1899

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Death of Colonel Trimble. Hawera & Normanby Star, Volume XXXVII, Issue 5019, 5 September 1899