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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.

    A view from Melbourne

Holy Trinity has had a profound impact on people not only locally but elsewhere, both now and in the past.

Consider the following extract from a letter published in the August, 1933, edition of the Holy Trinity Parish Magazine (price one penny). It was sent to then Rector Donald Burns Blackwood following the celebration of the church's centenary.

Thomas Smith, of Melbourne, wrote of what he described as "my own beloved Trinity":

"Although not an Anglican, I am - if I may say so without your misunderstanding me - a 'Trinitarian' - not, of course, in the doctrinal sense only, but a real lover of dear old Trinity Church and all that it stands for.

"In a remarkable manner, this fine old church embodies (for me) all that is best in the great Church of England. I have been to the Old Country and have spent hours and hours in and about old churches; I have been in St Paul's and in the Abbey. The glory of these latter have fascinated me; yet Trinity has always possessed for me an even greater glory."

Great praise indeed!

He had written to the rector as a former fellow student of Hobart's Queen's College, which played a vital role in education in yesteryear.

It was opened in July, 1893, by educationist Arthur Augustus Stephens (1867-1914) with the main aim of preparing pupils for university exams. The records show that academic excellence was its hallmark and it was the most notable school in Hobart for nearly 20 years.

Stephens was a practising Anglican but the school had no denominational affiliation or external assistance. Eventually though, in 1912, Stephens allowed the amalgamaton of his far larger college with the Hutchins School.

And the Hutchins School name provides another significant link with the development of Holy Trinity. That important modern seat of learning enshrines the name of the first Archdeacon of Van Diemen's Land, the Venerable William Hutchins (1792-1841). The school was built in his memory, as the Archdeacon Hutchins School, honouring his extensive contribution to colonial education.

He also worked unceasingly to see Holy Trinity built following his appointment in 1836, refusing to accept that its impressive design be modified, and even collecting funds from private friends in England to help meet the cost.

But he did not live to see it become a reality, dying in June, 1841, just four months before the Holy Trinity foundation stone was laid by Lieutenant-Governor Sir John Franklin.

It was left to another, his brother-in-law, Reverend Philip Palmer (1799-1853), the first rector of Trinity, to finally achieve that dream.

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