Henry Sims arrived in Esperance and in November 1895, and became the first Town Clerk for the newly proclaimed Municipality , a role he served in until 1904.
Henry Sims planted many trees, and imported the Norfolk Pine Tree to Esperance.
In 1903, Henry bought the Esperance Hotel (Lot24). Tragically their sixteen year old son Harold died. Henry and his wife Emily left Esperance and moved to Albany. Henry Sims became Mayor in Albany in 1912.
The couple returned to Esperance in 1925, Henry Sims was the Esperance Roads Board Secretary from 1926-1937. His daughter Thelma Chadwick continued on as Esperance Roads Board Secretary from 1938-1944. Thelma Chadwick was also a founding member of the Back to Esperance Association.
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