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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 all-action man

People associated with Holy Trinity Church through the decades have come from all walks of Hobart life, with the names of its notable achievers reflecting the progress of Tasmanian society.

Prominent among them was Harry Hadden Cummins, who left an incredible record of service to Tasmania (including active participation in a huge number of organisations) as his legacy when he died in Hobart in 1954 aged 75.

H.H. was the embodiment of the all-action man, one of the best known of Australia's accountants and Rotarians in his time. With his expertise as a chartered accountant and company secretary he became the secretary of what was the Commonwealth Institute of Accountants for 15 years and two terms as its president in the 1930s, later being honoured with life membership. Creation of the Chartered Institute of Accountants in Australia saw him a member of its first council.

He was involved in establishing the Chair of Commerce at the University of Tasmania, becoming its first lecturer in accountancy and commercial subjects, serving many years on the faculty controlling this course and was also a member of the University Council. He was the examiner in all commercial subjects for the university and technical schools.

He was a director of, and auditor for many companies, and chairman of Tasmania's Companies Auditors Board (on more monetary matters he was vice-president of the Federal Taxpayers Association and headed its Tasmania branch).

Add in his extensive role as Hobart Chamber of Commerce secretary for 12 years and president in 1929-30.

But such bare details do not encompass the value of the actual work he undertook. A profile of him noted he was always active in promoting Tasmania's interests (including being chairman of the Tasmanian Tourism Association), observing that in his capacity for doing things "he seems to have grown like a rolling ball of snow".

He was the chamber's representative on a government board set up to seek economy in the state public service, was secretary of the Tasmanian Rights League, and helped achieve an important federal government pledge to maintain the strait steamer service.

Plus there was another role as state government representative on a committee that reported on water supply needs for Glenorchy's growing industrialisation.

And he was a pioneer of what became the Saturday half-holiday when he was secretary of the Shop Assistants Association. He was also a Justice of the Peace.

Enough, you would think, to keep several men constantly busy, let alone one - yet there was much more.

H.H. was a leading Rotarian, as a founding member of the Hobart Rotary Club, the first club in Tasmania to be given a charter, in 1924. He was its treasurer under the inaugural president, Sir Henry Jones (of IXL jam fame), became president himself, and was Rotary district governor. This was no small matter of office for in his term of 1931-32 the district covered the whole of Australia.

Hobart Rotary honoured his memory with a brass plaque on a tree he had planted in St David's Park in 1935. He was also a prominent Mason, and a founding member of two lodges.

Other activities? To be sure - take your pick. Cricket, football, golf, tennis, rifle shooting, motoring all featured - and bowling. As well as being an enthusiastic champion Derwent Bowling Club representative, he became president of the Tasmanian Bowling Council and a member of the sport's Australian council in 1929-32.

He was a busy worker for the Red Cross and other war-time organisations with efforts that included a big fund-raising Queen Carnival; Boy Scouts; the Tasmanian Society for the Care of Crippled Children; Hobart City Mission; and Toc H (the society that had been formed in England after World War One to encourage Christian fellowship and to fight loneliness and hate).

Last, but by no means least - Holy Trinity, which he served as warden and treasurer, his wife Mabel also being a devoted worker for the church, as a Holy Trinity parishioner for nearly 50 years.

As the profile previously mentioned accurately summed up on Harry Hadden Cummins in his multiplicity of community roles: "The only conclusion to be drawn is that sleep is rather his neglected acquaintance."

He was born in Victoria, at Sale, and educated in Melbourne. He tried his hand at various work before opting to come to Tasmania in 1903 (there were family relatives here). Considering his many achievements, it was fortunate for Tasmania that he made the crossing.

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