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Trenchard, Edward (1848–1927)

Edward Trenchard, n.d.

Edward Trenchard, n.d.

from Pastoral Review, 16 May 1927

With the death of Mr. Edward Trenchard on 28th April, the oldest stock and station agent in Victoria passed away. Born at Exmouth, Devonshire, in 1848, he came to Victoria in 1850. He was educated at the Melbourne Church of England Grammar School, and shortly after leaving in 1864 joined the service of Messrs. Dalmahoy, Campbell and Co., as junior clerk, Mr. Richard Gibson being the managing partner. After the partnership was dissolved in 1872, Mr. Gibson carried the business on under the title of Richard Gibson and Co., and in 1878 he took Mr. Trenchard into partnership. Mr. Gibson died in 1886, and then Mr. Trenchard continued the business, and in 1893 changed the name to Edward Trenchard and Co. The business has since expanded until, in addition to Melbourne, it now has large interests and branches in the more important centres of northern Victoria and Riverina.

In addition to his own business, Mr. Trenchard occupied important positions in connection with leading financial institutions. In 1899 he became a director of the National Bank of Australasia, and afterwards occupied the position of vice-chairman of the board of directors. During the absence of Sir John Grice, Mr. Trenchard was acting chairman. He was also chairman of directors of the National Mutual Life Association of Australasia.

Mr. Trenchard's keen interest in pure stock associated his firm closely with that branch of the business. He was one of the recognised authorities upon Shorthorn cattle.

He maintained his interest in his school, being one of the founders of the Old Melburnians' Society. He was a member of the council for the past nineteen years and president during the year 1913-14.

Mr. Trenchard's family consists of two sons and two daughters.

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Edward Trenchard, n.d.

Edward Trenchard, n.d.

from Pastoral Review, 16 May 1927