State Records Archive
Title: Native Affairs – Bremer Bay
Keywords: Edward Hanna, Bremer Bay, Hoppy Briton, rationing
To: Chief Protector of Aborigines, Perth
Jan 9th, 1909
An old native a cripple Hoppy Briton sixty years of age has applied to me for rations. He is unable to work and is urgently in need of assistance. Kindly advise immediately if approved.
To Postmaster, Bremer Bay
Please place Hoppy Briton on relief list at 6d per day.
E D P [Edmund Pechell]
Hanna, Edward (d.1933)
Edward Hanna was the postmaster at Bremer Bay for two years, where he was named as Protector of Aborigines. Bremer Bay at that time was a telegraph station and depot for rations. Born in Victoria, Hanna was a telegraphist but came to Western Australia with the Mt Magnet gold rush. After prospecting for several years, he returned to his job as telegraphist and worked throughout the Goldfields. After Bremer Bay he was posted to Wellington Dam, Toodyay and Guildford, but it is not known if he continued in his role as Protector.