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John Trim (1813–1892)

John Trim, n.d.

John Trim, n.d.

John Trim (1813-1892), a groom and waiter, was found guilty on 17 October 1836 at Somerset Quarter Session of stealing blacking. Sentenced to 14 years transportation he arrived at Sydney aboard the Charles Kerr in October 1837.

According to Trim's record he was married, aged 21, had had no education, and was a Protestant. He was 5 feet 5½ inches tall, with a fair and freckled complexion, light brown hair and hazel eyes. He was assigned to Thomas Elder at Armidale, New South Wales. Trim was granted a ticket of leave in 1843 and a conditional pardon in 1847.

Trim had at least 17 children by three wives. He married Margaret Hagen (1821-1851) at Armidale in 1844; they had two sons and a daughter. Following her death he married Elizabeth Maguire (1828-1865) on 7 February 1852 at Armidale; they had one daughter and five sons. Following her death he married Sarah Dunne (1843-1905) in 1867 at Armidale; they had five daughters and three boys.

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Life Summary [details]


16 February, 1813
Bristol, Somerset, England


1 November, 1892 (aged 79)
Armidale, New South Wales, Australia

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Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 14 years
Court: Somerset
Trial Date: 17 October 1836


Occupation: horse groom
Married: Yes


Children: Yes (17)