John Samuel Trigg, better known as Jack Trigg, was a worker (missionary) in the 2x2 sect from Victoria, Australia, who served in Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) from 1927 to 1943. He was born in 1894 in Winchelsea, Victoria. The Trigg family were dairy farmers from the Winchelsea and Bambra areas of Victoria, west of Geelong. Jack's parents were Henry Trigg 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 in 1906. Of these children Jack and Violet (Vi) Ann were twins. Violet died in 1976, in Winchelsea, aged 81 years. Like Jack, his twin sister Vi was also a missionary in the 2x2 sect. Her name appears in "workers lists" (possibly for South Australia) but the exact dates are not known. Jack Trigg died on 9 August 1982 and was buried 11 August 1982 in Winchelsea Cemetery, where many members of the Trigg family are buried (http://www.ozgenonline.com/~Carols_Headstones/Winchelsea.htm).
Writing in 1913, the Irish 2x2 missionary Laura A. Falkiner, who worked in Victoria in the early 1900s, mentions "Mrs. Trigg, Bambra, Victoria" as one of the homes where she and her companion were well known (http://www.tellingthetruth.info/workers_early/sisterworkers1913.php). Mrs. Trigg of Bambra, Victoria, is almost certainly Mrs. Salome Trigg, Jack Trigg's mother. This suggests that the Trigg family had been attending 2x2 missions or had joined the sect by 1913 and that Jack Trigg would have been very familiar with the 2x2 sect (perhaps joined it) as a teenager. By the 1920s the Trigg family seems to have been very much a part of the 2x2 sect in the Bambra-Winchelsea part of Victoria. According to "cooee" writing in the Breaking The Silence board (http://wingsbts.proboards.com/thread/281/wingsfortruth-on-facebook), Jack Trigg's name first appears in the Victoria 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, 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 and these two 2x2 missionaries traveled to Ceylon in 1927. Jack Trigg would have been about 32 years old at this time. A photograph of a group of workers taken about 1927, perhaps in Victoria, shows Jack Trigg and Alex Mitchell together with three other men and five women. In this photograph (http://www.tellingthetruth.info/plogger/index.php?level=picture&id=1339) Alex Mitchell appears standing at the extreme right and Jack Trigg is next to him (second from right). [It would be interesting to know if one of the women in this photograph (perhaps the woman seated second from the left) is Vi Trigg, which seems likely.] Older members of the 2x2 sect in Ceylon were familiar with the story of Jack Trigg and Alex Mitchell being the pioneer workers of "The Truth" in that country. In fact, in the early days in Ceylon, the sect was known to outsiders as "the Trigg and Mitchell mission". Both Jack Trigg and Alex Mitchell can be identified in a number of convention photographs taken in Ceylon in the 1930s.
Writing in the Worker, Friend and Ex Board "ex victim" has stated that Jack Trigg returned to Victoria, Australia, in the early 1940s, apparently having been "sacked" from his position as a worker in Ceylon due to alleged child sexual abuse offences that took place from as much as a decade earlier. The writer using the pseudonym "cooee" in The Breaking the Silence board (see above) 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 specific details are available about the alleged offences in Ceylon, nor the names of the victims. The person directly responsible for Jack Trigg's dismissal from his missionary position in Ceylon and departure would have been the senior worker (overseer) responsible for Ceylon at that time, though exactly who this was is uncertain. During the time Jack Trigg was in Ceylon (1927 to 1943) the overseer for India (and perhaps also for Ceylon) was Sydney (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 (http://www.tellingthetruth.info/history_pioneering/india.php). Ceylon has had many Australian workers 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 after his return to Victoria.
"Ex victim" recalled that Jack Trigg 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. If this was the same Violet, Jack's twin sister, who had been a worker she must have given that up at some point. According to "ex victim" after his removal from "worker" status and return to Victoria Jack Trigg lived with his two unmarried sisters 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 latter detail refers to the 1950s/1960s.)
Writing in the Worker, Friend and Ex Board "ex victim" has frequently 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 he was known locally as "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."
It is worth considering who in the 2x2 leadership at that time could have known about Jack Trigg's child sexual abuse (CSA) activities in Ceylon. As mentioned earler, these would include Syd Maynard and Reg Stratford, since they had oversight of India (separately or together) and must have been involved in Ceylon matters too. Australian workers who either served in or often visited Ceylon from the 1930s/1940s onwards include Les Hawse, Arthur Shearer, Harry Morgan and Clem Geue. It would be very surprising if these workers did not know about the CSA issues and the real reason for Jack Trigg's return to Victoria from Ceylon. And of course Alex Mitchell, Jack's original companion in Ceylon, must have known. William (Bill) Carroll was the overseer in Victoria until his death in 1953 and was certainly aware of the allegations against Jack Trigg. If any correspondence from/to these individuals still exists there might be veiled references to the Jack Trigg affair. The victims in Ceylon most likely would have been young (pre-adolescent) boys in the 1930s, perhaps upto 1940. Like Jack Trigg they are now probably no more, although later victims in Victoria such as "ex victim" are still with us. A lady from Ceylon (whose mother had joined the 2x2 mission in the 1930s) who emigrated to Australia and resided in the Melbourne area from the 1970s knew Jack Trigg and apparently visited him and/or was visited by him during his later years. It is not known if this lady was aware of Jack Trigg's alleged offences or the reason for his return to Australia from Ceylon.
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