Bookplate of the Trimble Whitman Collection, Dunedin Public Library.
William Heywood Trimble died in Dunedin in 1927, and his will made no mention of his Whitman Collection. Dorothy Stewart (daughter of William and his first wife Henrietta Trimble) was responsible for the donation of the Whitman Collection to Dunedin Public Library in 1927. City Librarian W.B. McEwan described the collection as “the endeavours of an enthusiast who had a full knowledge of his subject.”
Dorothy Stewart shared her father’s enthusiasm for Whitman and continued to collect. Mrs Stewart’s death in 1974 brought to a close nearly 80 years of the Trimbles’ association with Whitman and Dunedin.
On display is the bookplate, designed by H. Prowse to commemorate the gift of the Trimble Whitman Collection to Dunedin Public Library.