Tracking A.B. Triggs and his collections – Arthur Bryant Triggs – Biography
Arthur Bryant Triggs was born in 1868 at Chelsea, London, England. His family included his younger brother H. Inigo Triggs (1876-1923) the well known English landscape garden designer, architect and author; and the architect Inigo Triggs was also a family member. Triggs arrived in Sydney in 1887. He joined the Bank of New South Wales and moved to the Bank’s branch in Yass in November 1888. He married first on 29 June 1892 in Yass. The first Mrs. Triggs died in 1897; and he married again in March 1901. Over time he owned or leased a considerable number of sheep stations across New South Wales from Fort Bourke in the far north-west to Talbingo and Wee Jasper in the south-east. At least one such property–Merri Merrigal on the Lachlan River–remains in family hands. That station passed from A.B. Triggs to his son Inigo; and in turn it passed to Jim Triggs and his wife Mary, and thence to their son. Triggs had a daughter by his first marriage and two daughters and two sons by his second. Their names were, respectively, Jessie, Annie, Dora, Inigo and Gordon. He died at his home ‘Linton’ at Yass in New South Wales on 9 September 1936. His funeral took place on 12 September 1936 under Presbyterian rites in Yass. Mrs. May Triggs died in 1945.
Triggs’ obituary in the Sydney Morning Herald in September 1936 records that at one time he owned or leased the following properties: “in the Yass District they included Douro Plains, Otterbourne, Narrengullen, Blomfield, Sugarloaf, Wee Jasper, Taemas Vale and Beder. Properties in other parts of the State included Wirchillaba, Tara, Eremeran, Moonagee, Merri Merrigal, Yarrandale, Willie Ploma, Long Plain, Currangorambla, Uabba, North Merrowie, Noah Whoey and Ballandry”. Another property that Triggs owned was Coan Downs in the Lower Darling Squatting District. He bought it in 1912, sold it to Robert McGeech in 1914, and McGeech sold the property back to Triggs in 1924. It then remained in his hands or those of his estate until 1953 when it was divided as part of a closer settlement scheme.
A. B. Triggs was a serious collector with many varied interests including art–both etchings and paintings, books–Dickens, Shakespeare and religious works especially early bibles were of much interest to him, coins, incunabula and manuscripts. Walter T. Spencer in his book (1923) records that Triggs had the idea of establishing a small Dickens Museum at Yass. While Triggs had some extraordinary pieces of Dickensiana nothing ever came of the idea –unfortunately.
In the 1920s–in 1924 in particular–at least three catalogues relating to different parts of Triggs’ collections appeared. Two he seems to have compiled himself and had printed in Yass and one–the catalogue of his remarkable coin collection such as it then was–was produced for him in London. In 1938, after A.B. Triggs’ death, Mrs. May Triggs presented his Greek and Roman coin collection to the Nicholson Museum at the University of Sydney.
In September and November 1945 two sales were held by James R. Lawson, the Sydney auctioneers. The first sale was held at ‘Linton’, the Triggs’ home and lasted four days. The second sale was held in Sydney and lasted three days. The sales were held following the death of A.B. Triggs second wife who was also considerable collector in her own right especially of fine lace.
The title page of the September 1945 sale catalogue reads:
“Catalogue/of/The Valuable Period Furniture/Rare Art Treasures/
A Collection of Important Pictures/The Library of Valuable Books/
Costly Household Appointments and Effects/ … /and/the whole of the
costly effects and domestic requisites/contained throughout the
residence/ “Linton”/Yass–N.S.W./to be sold by public auction/on/
Tuesday, 11th September, 1945/and the three following days/ …”.
The catalogue has an introduction. Of the books the following is stated:
“The Library of Books is most exstensive and contains many rare
volumes, including magnificent 14th and 15th century Illuminated
Manuscripts, Rare Old Bibles, including a copy of the Nuremberg
Chronicle [certified complete by Bernard Quaritch], the “She”
Bible, the first edition of the Bishop’s Version, fine examples
of chain binding, and many others, together with Dickensiana,
Shakespeariana, Australiana, Incnabula, Numismatica, finely
bound editions of the Standard Authors, Dictionaries,
Encyclopaedia[s], and general literature on many subjects”.
The section of the September 1945 catalogue listing the books begins with lot 806. The listing is very brief in each case–usually recording only the author’s surname and a ‘short’ title. Often lots contain more than one item. Lots 806 to 1029 are listed under the heading ‘general’. Lots 1030 to 1063 are ‘Australiana’. Lots 1064 to 1110 are again ‘general’. Lots 1111 to 1146 are ‘Incunabula, Manuscripts and early printed and extra illustrated books’. The descriptions in this section of the catalogue are more substantial than for other parts of the library, presumably because of the complexities of describing them at all. Lots 1146a to 1197 are ‘Dickensiana’. Much of this material was acquired from Walter T. Spencer in London. A.B. Triggs is mentioned in Spencer’s book “Forty Years in My Bookshop”. According to James Tyrrell in his 1952 comments about A.B. Triggs, “Spencer once said to Sir Marcus Clark that his two best customers were A.B. Triggs and Fred Wymark [of Angus and Robertson] …”. Lots 1198 to 1217 are ‘Shakespeariana’. Lots 1218 to 1299 are ‘Numismatica’, one of Triggs’ major collecting interests as evinced by the 1924 (see below) printed catalogue of his coin collection as it then was. The coin catalogue was compiled by the firm of Spink & Son in London and printed at Macon in France. Mention is made of the Greek and Roman coins in Triggs’ collection in the 1945 and 1948 Handbooks of the Nicholson Museum at the University of Sydney (see below). Mrs. May Triggs gave them the coins in 1938.
Lots 1300 to 1426 are ‘Dictionaries, Encyclopaedia[s], Reference Books and [the] conclusion of General Literature’. Unfortunately the descriptions in this section of the catalogue are very limited, often including words such as ‘and two others’, or similar, and subject headings singularly lacking in useful information, such as ‘Essays and Philosophy: 7 vol[umes]’. However, despite the often perfunctory catalogue entries, the lots 806 to 1426 still portray a remarkable collection of books.
The cover of the November 1945 catalogue reads as follows:
“Catalogue/of/The A.B. Triggs Collections/of/Historical Documents
and Autograph Letters/Old Master Drawings/Historic and Modern
Laces/Coins, Tokens and Medals/to be sold by public auction/at/
The Gallery Salerooms/236 Castlereagh Street, Sydney/on/Tuesday
27th, Wednesday 28th, Thursday 29th/November, 1945/ …”.
This catalogue has a foreword which states the following about the historical documents and their ilk:
“The Historical Documents, Autograph Letters and Manuscripts,
probably form a unique collection, including, as it does, one
of the finest Tudor documents extant, the Royal Letters Patent
signed by Edward VI and his council of Regency sealed with the
great seal of England, togeter with Manuscripts, Historical
Documents and Letters signed by the Kings and Queens of England
since the first Tudor Sovereign, Foreign Documents of Historic
interest, Autograph Letters and Documents of Statesmen, Authors,
Naval and Military men, documents of Australian interest, and
Miscellaneous items, mainly purchased from the famous London
firm of Messrs. Maggs Bros., and catalogued by them for the
late Mr. Triggs. It is from that catalogue that the present
description is taken”.
The Royal Letters Patent signed by Edward VI and his Council of Regency fetched the sum of 150 guineas at the sale. It is item 13 in the catalogue. In his 1952 book James Tyrrell states that it was bought by private collector in Sydney and that at the time of his writing–some seven years after the sale–it remained in Sydney. It is intriguing to note that item 99 was a manuscript by Inigo Jones (1573-1652), the famous architect who designed many buildings. It was a narrow oblong vellum quarto page described ‘As to bail for William Stepney, who was under his recognisance for 40 pounds’.
The person who partially annotated this copy of the November 1945 catalogue was more interested in the works of art and the laces and embroideries than in the other items in the catalogue. Some of the works of art fetched high prices given that this was a ‘colonial’ sale held not very long after the end of World War II. It is fruitless but nonetheless bemusing to consider the prices that might be reached today–some would be very great indeed.
Curiously none of the several catalogues of elements of Triggs’ collections is listed in the sale catalogues of 1945. Only Bidgnod’s intriguing article (1997–see below) lists them, but does so without any bibliographical detail.
In his book of 1952 (see below) James R. Tyrrell, founder of the well known Sydney bookselling firm, wrote:
“The Dickens cheque was only one of the interesting Dickens items
and many other fine things I purchased at the quite remarkable
Triggs sale at Yass, New South Wales, only a few years ago (in 1945).
I was invited up to the beautiful homestead there to price the
collection of treasures prior to the sale. As well as the Dickens
section, there was a grand library of fine books, as good a
collection of rare coins as I have ever had the pleasure of handling
in quite a lot of experience, and a valuable collection of historic
and beautiful laces, made for queens and empresses and princesses,
which had been Mrs. Triggs’s special interest. I think I might
fairly describe the Triggs sale as the greatest of its kind ever
held in the country in this country”.
Tyrrell goes on to record some of the items he bought and to whom he in turn sold them. An autograph letter by Sir Walter Scott was acquired by W. Farmer Whyte [journalist and biographer of W.M. Hughes] then living in Canberra. Another remarkable letter was written by Bligh during his short-lived governorship of New South Wales–it became part of the collection of Edward Hirst, Managing Director of British General Electric. Professor Ford of Sydney University purchased a Pepys signed document. A number of letters by famous Americans Tyrrell sold to an American who took them back to their country of origin. In 1952 Tyrrell still had in his possession “a Leichhardt letter, written to P.S. Thomson in Sydney just after Leichhardt’s return from crossing the Australian continent from east to north”. Tyrrell goes on to describe in detail the Royal Letters Patent signed by Edward the Sixth and his Council of Regency and sealed with the Great Seal of England.
At the moment that is where the quest for information about A.B. Triggs and his collections rests. Hopefully more information will come to light–in which case this quest will be revisited. To augment the text above an attempt at a bibliography of items about or by A.B. Triggs is appended, as is an initial family tree.
Towards a bibliography relating to A.B. Triggs:
(Article in the Pastoral Review of 1911 about A.B. Triggs.)
note: this item is yet to be seen. It is mentioned by W.A. Bayley in his book on Yass (1973–see below)
Johns, Fred. 1913
Fred Johns’s annual/for 1913/showing/Who is Who/in Australasia/A record of the prominent people/of the time/ … /second year of Issue. Prominent people: ‘Triggs, Arthur Bryant, of Linton, Yass, pastoralist of New South Wales, one of the sheep kings of Australia’; pages 129-130. Adelaide, South Australia.
note: in this article Johns qoutes The Pastoralists’ Review on Triggs’ operations. Possibly the words are flora the 1911 article noted above.
Johns, Fred. 1914
Fred Johns’s/annual/mainly a record off Australasia’s prominent people/ (incorporating Who is Who in Australasia)/ … /third year of issue. ‘Triggs, Arthur Bryant, of “Linton”, Yess, N.S.W., one of the Sheep Kings of Australia’; page 210, column 1 Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons, Ltd., London.
note: this article names Triggs’ children as Jessie Ritchie Triggs (born 26 April 1893), his daughter by his first marriage; Annie Bryant (born 6 March 1904) and Dora Brenda (born 11 April 1905), his daughters by his second marriage; and Inigo (born 12 February 1907) and Gordon (born 4 August 1910), his two sons.
Johns, Fred. 1922
Who’s Who/in the/Commonwealth of Australia. ‘Triggs, Arthur Bryant (New South Wales)’; page 275, column 2 Angus & Robertson Ltd., Sydney, Australia
Triggs, A.B. 1922
Catalogue of a collection of drawings of the English, French, German, Dutch, Flemish, Italian & Spanish schools, by and attributed to artists named and prints illustrating the various methods of engraving: in the possession of A.B. Triggs–Yass, N.S.W. 20 pages, 10 unnumbered leaves of plates
[A.B. Triggs, Yass, N.S.W.]
note: this is entry 44794 in the Australian National Bibliography 1901-1950. No other Triggs’ collection catalogues appear in the Bibliography.
Spencer, Walter T. 1923 Forty Years in/My Bookshop. Edited with an introduction by/Thomas Moult/with illustrations in/colour and black and/white.
Chapter VI, pages 77-88, is headed as follows: ‘My Friends across the Atlantic. Henry Heinz, the/Pickle-maker, and Robert Hoe of the Printing Press./A Millionaire or Two./And the Dickens Museum in the Australian Bush.’/noting that pages 86-88 are about A.B. Triggs.
Pages 86/87 read in part ‘And now for Mr. A.B. Triggs, of Australia. I have known no more enthusiastic collector than Mr. Triggs, brother of the well-known English author of “The Garden of England.” His home is at Yass, in New South Wales,…. He left the old country thirty-eight years ago with ten pounds in his purse, and he told me that he had suddenly conceived a desire to see England again, and while he was here, to collect material for a small Dickens museum at Yass.’ Constable & Company Ltd./London.
note: this copy is inscribed in black ink by Walter T. Spencer to The Rev. Canon Hughes and was purchased from Peter Arnold in Melbourne.
Spink & Son Ltd. 1924
Catalogue of a collection/of Greek, Roman/and/English Coins/in the possession of A.B. Triggs–Yass, New South Wales; 6, 194 pages. Spink & Son Ltd., London; printed at Macon in France.
note: this copy is bound in modern green buckram by Capital Bookbinders of Canberra with the original heavy paper wrappers bound in. It is inscribed to Stan. Lipscombe and dated 29 June 1956 by Max Lawson of the Sydney firm of auctioneers.
Triggs, A.B. 1924
Catalogue of the Collection of Historical Documents and Autograph Letters. [A.B. Triggs], Yass, New South Wales.
note: this item is quoted a number of times by K.V. Sinclair in his work (1969–see below). This writer has not seen a copy. Its pagination is not known but Sinclair indicates that it is illustrated.
Johns, Fred. 1927
Who’s Who/in/Australia/1927–8./A record of the careers of prominent and/ representative people of the time. ‘Triggs, Arthur Bryant (New South Wales)’; page 254, column 2 Printed at the Hassell Press for the Author and Publisher, Fred Johns, Adelaide, South Australia.
note: Triggs owned a copy of this volume.
International Press Service Association. 1929 Who’s Who/in Australia/1929/Biographical sketches and photos/of representative commercial,/professional, financial,/pastoral, and business/ men of Australia/third issue. ‘Triggs, Arthur Bryant’; column 2, page 1343 (no photograph) Compiled and published/by/International Press Service/Association/Heed Office: Wingello House, Sydney/Australia.
note: this item records the following as some of the properties that Triggs then owned–Fort Bourke, Wirchilleba, Bedooba and Coan Downs; note also: Triggs owned a copy of this volume.
Knox, Errol G. MCMXXXIII  Who’s Who/in Australia/VIIIth edition 1933-34/incorporating Johns’s Notable Australians and being/a record of the careers of prominent and/ representative people of our time.
‘Triggs, Arthur Bryant (N.S.W.)’; page 306, column 1 The Advertiser, Adelaide, South Australia; printed by The Herald Press, Melbourne, Victoria.
note: this volume was issued by The Herald in Melbourne, the Daily Telegraph in Sydney, The Advertiser in Adelaide, the Daily Mail in Brisbane, the West Australian in Perth and The Mercury in Hobart. This copy carries the signature of R.A. Cilento, his address and the date 28 September 1933. The differentation as to the particular publisher is printed on the front cover and on the dust-wrapper.
Knox, Errol G. 1935
Who’s Who/in Australia/IXth edition 1935/incorporating Johns’s Notable Australians, including/an Australian knightage and companionage, and/being a record of the careers of prominent and/representative people of our time. ‘Triggs, Arthur Bryant (N.S.W.)’; page 461, columns 1 and 2 The Herald and Weekly Times Ltd., Melbourne, Victoria.
note: Triggs owned a copy of this volume.
International Press Service Association. 1935
Who’s Who in Australia/1935/Biographical sketches and/photo[graph]s of representative/commercial, professional,/financial, pastoral, and/business men of Australia.
‘Triggs, Arthur Bryant’; page 1087, column 1, with a photographic portrait Compiled and published by/International Press Service Association/Head Office: Sydney, N.S.W., Australia.
note: Triggs owned a copy of this volume.
Sydney Morning Herald. 1936
[Obituary]: Colourful career/Late Mr. A.B. Triggs/Once Australia’s greatest sheep owner. Sydney Morning Herald 11 September 1936, page 8, with a portrait
Campbell, Reginald. 1936
Obituary/Mr. A.B. Triggs. Sydney Morning Herald 12 September 1936, page 23
note: Campbell was at this time Usher of the Black Rod in the New South Wales Parliament and had at one time been a member of Triggs’ staff.
Davis, J.A. and A.J. Shearsby. 1936
Memorial to A.B. Triggs–[a letter] to the Editor of the Herald. Sydney Morning Herald 11 November 1936, page 6
note: Davis was Mayor of Yass and Shearsby was Secretary of the A.B. Triggs Memorial Fund.
Lawson, James R, Auctioneers. 1945
(cover title) Catalogue/”Linton”/Yass … N.S.W.; (title page reads) Catalogue/off/The Valuable Period Furniture/Rare Art Treasures/A Collection of Important Pictures/The Library of Valuable Books/Costly Household Appointments and Effects/ … /and/the whole of the costly effects and domestic requisites/contained throughout the residence/”Linton”/Yass–N.S.W./to be sold by public auction/on/Tuesday, 11th September, 1945/and the three following days/…. 22.1 cm. wide x 28.9 cm. long, brown light card covers with overlapping edges, 96 pages; no price list, not annotated James R. Lawson/Licensed Fine Art, Furniture and General Auctionears/236 Castlereagh Street, Sydney.
Lawson, James R., Auctioneers. 1945
(cover title) Catalogue/of/The A.B. Triggs Collections/of/Historical Documents and Autograph Letters/Old Master Drawings/Historic and Modern Laces/Coins, Tokens and Medals/to be sold by public auction/at/The Gallery Salerooms/236 Castlereagh Street, Sydney/on/Tuesday 27th, Wednesday 28th, Thursday 29th/November, 1945/…. 20.9 cm. wide x 29.1 cm. long, yellow heavy paper covers with the cover printed in wine red ink, overlapping cover edges, 104 pages; no price list, but pages 5 to 15, 46-60 62 to 66 are annotated in pencil with the prices. James R. Lawson/Licensed Fine Art, Furniture and General Auctioneers/236 Castlereagh Street, Sydney.
[McDonald, A.H., A.D. Trendall and G.R. Mauton]. 1945
Handbook to the Nicholson Museum. University of Sydney, Syney, New South Wales.
note: Dr. Samuel Angus, sometime curator of the Museum ‘secured … the A.B. Triggs collection of Greek and Roman coins’ (page 2). In part three of the volume–‘Aspects of Greek and Roman Daily Life’–section III is headed ‘Coinage and Business’. “The Museum possesses a large number of Greek and Roman coins, some of which formed part of the original collection of Sir Charles Nicholson but the bulk of them, comprising the A.B. Triggs collection, were presented by Mrs. Triggs through the good offices of the late Professor S. Angus”. The discussion about the Greek end Roman coins comprises pages 171-181 of the Handbook of which this is the first edition. 1500 copies were printed; note also: the names of the authors of the Handbook are taken from introduction by Professor A.D. Trendall who was Curator of the Museum at the time.
[Stewart, L.R., Dr.–.Eilers, A.D. Trendall, G.R. Manton, A.P. Treweek, L.F. Fitzhardinge]. 1948 Handbook to the Nicholson Museum; second edition. University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales.
note: Dr. Samuel Angus, sometime curator of the Museum ‘secured … the A.B. Triggs collection of Greek and Roman coins’ (page 2).In part four of the volume–Aspects of Greek and Roman Daily Life’ section III is headed ‘Coinage and Business’. “The Museum possesses a large number of Greek and Roman coins, some of which formed part of the original collection of Sir Charles Nicholson, but the bulk of them, comprising the A.B. Triggs collection, were presented by Mrs. Triggs through the good offices of the late Professor S. Angus”. The discussion about the Greek and Roman coins comprises pages 355-365 of the Handbook of which this is the second, revised and expended edition. 2100 copies were printed; note also: the names of the authors of the Handbook am taken from introduction by Professor A.D. Trendall who was Curator of the Museum at the time.
Buttrose, Ian (compiled by). 1950
The Friends of the Public Library of South Australia. A short history of the Society with a brief description of the more important books presented by it to The Public Library of South Australia.
1945-1946: [item] I. Antiphonal–identified as being from the Triggs’ collection by K.V.Sinclair (his item number 157) in his work of 1969 (see below)–with a coloured plate of one leaf on page 14 (of Buttrose); [item] 2. Biblia Latina Metrica–identified as being from the Triggs’ collection by K.V. Sinclair (his item number 158). Neither item is identified as coming from the Triggs’ collection by Buttrose.
20.3 cm. wide x 25.3 cm. long, grey-blue card covers, with a photograph of the then Public Library building pasted on the front cover below the cover heading.
Printed by The Advertiser Printing Office, Adelaide, South Australia.
note: in the group of items presented to the Library in 1944-1945 mention is made of an item purchased at auction in Yass, New South Wales (Buttrose page 34). Which item–five were acquired in this period–is the one in question is uncertain because only numbers 1, 2, 4 and 5 are described by Buttrose. Item 5 could be the item but it is not so identified by Sinclair (1969).
Tyrrell, James R. 1952
Old books, old friends/old Sydney. Chapter VIII (8): pages 118-124 are comments about the 1945 Triggs’ sales, and between pages 120 and 121 is a double-sided photographic plate illustrating two items from the collections. Angus and Robertson, Sydney, N.S.W.
Jervis, James. 1955 (Article about the life of A.B. Triggs in the Farmer and Settler).
note: this item has yet to be seen, but is referred to in W.A. Bayley’s book on Yass (1973–see below)
The photograph of ARTHUR BRYANT TRIGGS is from:
International Press Service Association. 1935 Who’ s Who in Australia/1935/Biographical sketches and/photos of representative/commercial, professional,/financial, pastoral, and/business men of Australia.
‘Triggs, Arthur Bryant’; page 1087, column l, with a photographic portrait Compiled and published by/International Press Service Association/Head Office: Sydney, N.S.W., Australia. (unsigned article). 1962 Triggs, Arthur Bryant (1868-1936). The Australian Encyclopaedia, volume IX : page 37, column 1 The Grolier Society of Australia, Sydney, N.S.W.
Sinclair, K.V. 1969 Descriptive catalogue of/Medieval and Ranaissance/Western Manuscripts/in Australia. General index: pages 249, 250, 253, 418, 419, 420 and 421 have mentions of or references to A.B. Triggs. Sydney University Press, Sydney, N.S.W.
note: pages 248-249, item 157, an Antiphonarium, in Latin, 15th century, was formerly in Triggs’ collection and is now in the State (formerly Public) Library of South Australia, illustrated on page 455 of Sinclair’s work; pages 249-253, item 158, a group of items, in Latin, 14th century, also now in the State Library of South Australia, and acquired by the then Friends of the Public Library in 1945 at the sale of the Triggs’ collection; pages 418 to 421 record ‘missing’ manuscripts-items 235, 236, 237, 238, 239, 240, 241, 242 and 243 were all once in A.B. Triggs’ collection. The last item above was Edward VI (Sinclair wrongly states Edward I) (1537-1553), King of England. Royal Letters Patent signed by him and by his Council of Regency … . My understanding of this item was that it was bought at the 1945 sale by a representative of the Royal Library at Windsor Castle. I cannot now verify that suggestion. It is illustrated in the 1924 catalogue (see above) according to Sinclair.
Bayley, William A. 1973 Yass/Municipal centenary history. Yass Municipal Council, Yass, New South Wales.
note: Bayley has references to Triggs as follows: chanter 9, 1893-1913–on page 80 he states that the new Presbyterian Church in Yass was opened by Miss Jessie Ritchie Triggs, grand-daughter [n her Mother’s side] of the first Presbyterian Minister in Yass. The church had/has two stained glass windows presented by the McBean and Triggs families. The second Mrs. Triggs was a member of the McBean family; on page 81 Bayley refers to the visit to Yass by Sir Harry Rawson, the Governor of New South Wales, who with his daughter was brought from Yass Junction railway station into Yass riding in Mr. A.B. Triggs’ sociable; chapter 11, 1927-1939–on page 102 is recorded the death of A.B. Triggs. Bayley mentions that Jessie Ritchie Triggs became Mrs. Reid. He refers to a 1911 article about Triggs in the Pastoral Review. Mention is also made of the Triggs memorial gates at the main entrance to Victoria Park in Yass. They were opened officially by the Hon. J.N. Lawson M.H.R., Minister for trade and Customs, on August 16, 1939. Bayley also states that James Jervis wrote Triggs’ life story in the Farmer and Settler in 1955. It is perhaps ironic that in 2003 that the current writer is interested in Triggs–in as much as James Jervis was this writer’s great-uncle.
Freeman, Peter. 1982 The Homestead–a Riverina Anthology. Part Two: [chapter] 7. The Lower Darling Squatting District: Coan Downs, especially pages 144 and 145, with a photograph of A.B. Triggs at the top left: of page 145 Oxford University Press, Melbourne, Victoria.
Cowan, James (written by) and Colin Beard (photography by). 1983 The River People. Billabong–[part 1] Merri Merrigal, pages 124-131–page 131 is full page coloured photograph showing Jim Triggs and his son, and in the wall behind them is a framed black and white photograph of Sir Sidney Kidman standing alongside A.B. Triggs. Jim Triggs is A.B. Triggs’ grandson. A.H. & A.W. Reed Pry. Ltd., Frenchs Forest, N.S.W.
note: this book is about the Lachlan River in central New South Wales. It is a very well illustrated folio volume.
Walsh, G.P. 1990 ‘Triggs, Arthur Bryant (1868-1936)’. Australian Dictionary of Biography, 1891-1939, Stay-Z, volume 12: pages 263-264
Bidgood, Jeff. 1997 A collection of catalogues. Biblionews 22(1): 17-27, issue 313, March; illustrated with a copy of A.B. Triggs’ bookplate on page 26
note: the father-in law of the author of this article was the last Superintendent of Triggs’ Pastoral Estates and an executor of Triggs’ estate. The catalogues recorded in the article are I) Greek, Roman and English Coins ; 2) Oil paintings and water colour drawings; 3) A collection of drawings ; 4) Laces and embroideries (antique and modern); 5) Historical documents and autographed letters ; 6) The Lawson’s sale at “Linton” in September 1945; and 7) The Lawson’s sale in Sydney in November 1945. Unfortunatley the article does not give precise bibliographical details of the catalogues. Dates in [–] are drawn from other sources.
TRACKING A.B. TRIGGS AND HIS COLLECTIONS
A Triggs Family tree:
Father–James Triggs; married Celia Anne (nee Bryant)–Mother
Arthur Bryant Triggs, born 30 January 1868, died 9 September 1936 H. Inigo Triggs, younger brother, born 28 February 1876, died 8 April 1923
Arthur Bryant Triggs married first Maria Sophie Ritchie 29 June 1892 Jessie Ritchie Triggs, daughter, born 26 April 1893 married–Mrs. Reid Mrs. Maria Triggs died in 1897
Arthur Bryant Triggs married second Mary (known as May) Mafia
McBean, 6 March 1901
Annie Bryant, daughter, born 6 March 1904
Dora Brenda, daughter, born 11 April 1905
Inigo, son, born 12 February 1907
Inigo Triggs son is James, born c. 1940
James married Mary, and they have a son
Gordon, son, born 4 August 1910
Arthur Bryant Triggs died 9 September 1936 Mrs. May Triggs died 1945
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