Jack Trigg was a worker (missionary) in the 2x2 sect from Victoria, Australia, who served in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) from 1927 to 1943. He was born in 1894 in Winchelsea, Victoria and died 9 August 1982 (buried 11 August 1982 in Winchelsea Cemetery). The Trigg family were dairy farmers from the Winchelsea and Bambra areas of Victoria, west of Geelong. Jack's parents were Henry Trigg and and Salome Ann Plant who were married in Victoria in 1887. The family consisted of Henry and Salome Trigg and their eight children, the eldest born in 1888 and youngest born in 1906. Of these children John (Jack) Samuel Trigg and Violet (Vi) Ann Trigg (born 1894 in Winchelsea, died 1976 in Winchelsea, aged 81 years) were twins.
Many members of the Trigg family joined the 2x2 sect following the early wave of 2x2 workers in the district in the 1920s. Jack Trigg's name first appears in the Victoria (Australia) workers list in 1925. He was companion to S. Schultz in 1925 and 1926. In 1927 he was companion to L. Neale. His name apparently does not apear in the Victoria workers lists after 1927. Around 1926, when Alex Mitchell, a 2x2 worker of Scottish origin naturalized in New Zealand spent a year in Victoria he seems to have taken Jack Trigg as his partner. These two workers traveled to Ceylon in 1927 when Jack Trigg was about 32 years. A photograph of a group of (Victoria?) workers taken about 1927 shows the two of them together with three other men and five women. Jack Trigg appears in this picture wearing a dark suit (http://www.tellingthetruth.info/plogger/index.php?level=picture&id=1339). Older members of the 2x2 sect in Ceylon are familiar with the story of Trigg and Mitchell being the pioneer workers of "The Truth" who arrived there in 1927. In the early decades in Ceylon the sect was known to outsiders as the "Trigg and Mitchell mission". Jack Trigg can be identified in several convention photographs taken in Ceylon in the 1930s. [Jack Trigg's twin sister Vi (Violet) was also in the Work. Her name evidently appears in workers lists (for South Australia?) but the exact dates are not known. It would be interesting to know if one of the women in the photograph (see above) is Vi Trigg.]
According to "ex victim" Jack Trigg returned to Victoria in the early 1940s, apparently having been "sacked" from his position as a worker due to child sexual abuse offences in Ceylon as much as a decade earlier. "cooee" writing in The Breaking the Silence board has also stated: "He was ultimately brought back to Victoria when allegations were made against him of improper behaviours involving young males in foreign lands." It is known that Jack Trigg left Ceylon in 1943. No details are known about the offences in Ceylon, the names of the victims, or the name of the senior worker in Ceylon at the time who must have been responsible for Jack Trigg's departure from Ceylon. During the time Jack Trigg was in Ceylon (1927 to 1943) the overseer for India (and perhaps Ceylon) was Syd Maynard, though latterly the administration of South India (and Ceylon?) may have been in the hands of Reg Stratford, who became overseer for South India after Syd Maynard's death in 1954. Ceylon/Sri Lanka has had many Australian workers visiting and serving there, especially from Victoria, including Les Hawse, Clem Geue, Arthur Shearer and Harry Morgan. It is very likely that all or most of these individuals, as well as Alex Mitchell, Jack Trigg's original partner in Ceylon, were aware of the allegations against Jack Trigg. William (Bill) Carroll was the overseer for Victoria from 1916 until his death in 1953 and was fully aware of the allegations; in fact, according to "ex victim", it was Bill Carroll who banned Jack Trigg from participating in meetings.
As stated above, Jack Trigg returned home to Bambra, Victoria in 1943. "Ex victim" recalled that he had two brothers, Fred and Les, who worked on the family farm in Bambra and two unmarried sisters, Violet and Daisy, who ran the local post office at Bambra. After his removal from "worker" status he is known to have lived with his two unmarried sisters, Violet and Daisy. who had moved with their father to Winchelsea, while their brother Les took over the farm in Bambra. Jack Trigg evidently did casual farm work in the district and drove a Vauxhall pick-up truck or "Ute" (this detail might refer to the 1950s or 1960s).
"Ex victim" has referred to sex abuse by Jack Trigg of young boys. "Ex victim" was about 4 years (early/mid 1940s) when he was first abused and this apparently continued for at least a decade more. According to "ex victim" Jack Trigg's reputation was such that the locals called him "Fiddler Jack" due to his predilection for inappropriate physical contact. This included dropping coins in boys' pockets and pretending to search for them. According to "ex victim" both he and his brother were abused by Jack Trigg. Their parents were aware of the abuse and were angry about it but inexplicably were lax in not taking adequate steps to prevent further contact between Jack Trigg and the boys. "Ex victim" has stated that abuse of boys in the Winchelsea area (Bambra, Winchelsea, Wensleydale and Moriac) by Jack Trigg may have taken place over many years, from the 1940s to the 1960s. Although he no longer preached and wasn't allowed to participate in meetings Jack Trigg was free to attend meetings. "Ex victim" recalls seeing Jack Trigg attend Sunday morning meetings at the home of a "professing" elderly couple in the area. "... he just sat there licking his chops like a hungry bear, it was spookey. Adults seemed not to want to know how scared us Kids were....The horrors of sitting in sunday services with a sacked paedophile worker googling at you and knowing that the minute he noticed you alone he became like a seagull diving for a crust."
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