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Holy Trinity is a wonderful repository of stories - about the church itself through the decades, and of the people who have been worshippers, plus countless others who either had family christenings, marriages or funeral services there.

When the Holy Trinity Support Group was out on the streets with its petition seeking the retention and repair of the church, a major response among the thousands who signed was of great grandparents, grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, cousins, and friends, who were married there. It was indeed a particularly popular setting for weddings, and that's not in the least surprising considering the beautiful setting.

Here are stories about people's links with the church. If you would like to share your memories about this holy place, please Contact Us.

    The place on the hill

It is the holy place on the hill. And accompanying the inspirational location of Holy Trinity Church is the story of its dominant site in the geography of Hobart.

Various references have it as being Potter's Hill because of early links with pottery manufacture in the area. But you will also find it known as Trinity Hill, and additional endorsement of this was the nearby Trinity Hill School.

Dig further, however, and you find other intriguing nuggets. There was an early Hobart Town Courier report of "The new church: this edifice, for which preparations have been some time making upon Mount Calvary, between Elizabeth and Argyle Streets".

And add another name to the mix. In her book Our Heritage of Anglican Churches in Tasmania, Dorothea I. Henslowe wrote: "The present fine building, on its commanding site on Langlaw's Hill, was begun in 1841."

Exploring the pottery link further and the connection with a famous home of potteries - Staffordshire, England - turns up. In fact, Burslem, the "mother town" of the six pottery towns there (think Burslem, think Wedgwood and Royal Doulton).

The Potter's Hill-Burslem tie came through James Sherwin (1790-1856), who came from there and arrived in Van Diemen's Land in 1828 to establish what was known as the New Town Pottery, which apparently continued producing until 1868.

In the magazine Australiana in 1990, Peter Mercer wrote of The Potteries of 19th Century Hobart that the "earthenware potteries of Potter's Hill, Kangaroo Point, New Town, 1816-1890, were notable for Sherwin's commercial establishment".

The Sherwin name has a strong connection with Tasmania's early progress. James Sherwin's nephew Isaac Sherwin (1804-1869), also Burslem-born, was a pioneering businessman and philanthropist who had arrived in 1823 to live on his father's land grant by the River Clyde near Bothwell (and appropriately named Sherwood). His interests became many - the Launceston firm of Cook and Sherwin, founding the Launceston branch of the Commercial Bank of Tasmania, the Launceston Benevolent Society, the Launceston General Hospital. The list is very long.

And when times were tough in 1845, retiring to Sherwood where he installed one of the colony's first irrigation systems - a 137-metre tunnel, cut with pick and shovel through a sandstone hill above the Clyde.

But the Sherwin name sounds another note - that of Amy Sherwin (1855-1935), who won fame beyond Tasmania's shores as a singer of renown.

The daughter of Isaac's brother George, a Huon farmer, her beautiful voice had enthusiastic Americans in New York and Boston dubbing her the "Tasmanian Nightingale". and she made her mark as well at London's famous Covent Garden Opera House.

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