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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.

    Artistic links

It has been much photographed and it has also been the inspiration for the artist's brush. But Holy Trinity Church has otherwise featured in the lives of artists, for at least two of our noted colonial artists were married there - Knut Bull and Thomas Bock.

The Norwegian Bull had arrived in Van Diemen's Land as a convict. In 1845 he had been on a visit to London which saw him caught for a forgery conspiracy over money. He was sentenced to 14 years' transportation. After 10 months on Norfolk Island and then several parts of Van Diemen's Land, by 1849 he was in Hobart Town and being assigned to various people.

Although his conduct was good, for reasons unknown he absconded in mid-December, 1850, only to be caught in Melbourne the next month. Back to assignment in Hobart Town, but this time he was fortunate to work for the Reverend Joseph Gould Medland, himself a talented amateur artist.

And it is here that the strands of art appreciation and the life of Holy Trinity started to draw together.

Bull did at least four paintings showing the church, with probably the best attributed to him being Hobart Town from the Domain (circa 1854). The Trinity connection could well be linked to the fact that after gaining his ticket of leave in March, 1852, Bull sought permission to marry free settler Mary Anne Bryen.

Consent came in mid-April and in mid-May they married - at Holy Trinity, with Medland the officiating minister. Bull received his conditional pardon late 1853 and his best known works were his views of Hobart Town painted during the next few years. He left Hobart Town in 1856, settling in New South Wales, where he was known to have been an artist and teacher in Sydney and where he died in 1889.

He was the brother of Ole Bull, one of the top international violinists of his day - and regarded as Norway's first world star.

Thomas Bock was another convict who was also sentenced to 14 years' transportation (he was convicted in England for involvement with drugs to procure an abortion). He arrived at the start of 1824 and having been an engraver in Birmingham his knowledge was put to good use in Hobart Town - in producing a four-dollar note for the Bank of Van Diemen's Land. But it seems that for the next few years his work was limited to producing letterheads and illustrations for an almanack.

His good behaviour saw him gain his conditional pardon in June, 1832, and a free pardon in November the next year. By the early 1840s he was living with Mary Ann Cameron, a widow with two sons. And on July 23, 1850, Thomas and Mary Ann were married - at Holy Trinity.

The couple had five children, one, William Rose Bock, becoming an artist engraver who went to New Zealand and set up a publishing firm. In Hobart Town his father was known as a portrait painter and historical and writing engraver, and it is mainly for his many portraits of Hobart Town notables that he is still remembered. He died in Hobart Town on March 18, 1855.

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