Christian Garland

But some comments in the CMP are very worrying. The building is structurally sound at present but cracking of corner stones is increasing significantly and poses an obvious threat. The organ, the oldest of its type in Australia, is at serious risk from damp which could cause $100,000s of damage. Inexplicably, senior Anglican leaders have ignored advice for the organ to be played regularly by volunteers since the church was closed last year. They have also neglected to repair the large external door damaged by fire a year ago. The need to remove two badly eroded spirelets in July this year is further evidence that restoration and re-opening of the building should not be delayed any longer.
AFTER r 8 months of hard slog, the conservation management plan (CMP) for Holy Trinity Church has been finalised. Congratulations to Hobart City Council for funding it, to the consultants for their detailed research and to the special interest groups who have contributed information. The CMP is a fascinating read and beautifully illustrated. We understand it will be publicly available very soon, including on council’s website.

The CMP states Holy Trinity is one of the most heritage-rich and historically important churches in Tasmania, indeed in Australia. The architecture is outstanding – and remarkable – in that although badly weathered in places, it is basically unchanged since the 1840s when it was constructed. Few buildings exist with their original external features intact like Holy Trinity.

In contrast the interior has changed greatly, but this is also remarkable in that the changes reflect so many periods in Australian life and social attitudes. The church still houses the original communion silverware, cedar choir stalls, carved chairs and bells; the ANZAC windows commemorating the fallen in World War 1; and various furnishings and plaques reflecting the Depression, World War 2 and modern times. A grand piano which marked a major change in worship style in the early 1980s, has been removed – hopefully only temporarily.

But some comments in the CMP are very worrying. The building is structurally sound at present but cracking of corner stones is increasing significantly and poses an obvious threat. The organ, the oldest of its type in Australia, is at serious risk from damp which could cause $100,000s of damage. Inexplicably, senior Anglican leaders have ignored advice for the organ to be played regularly by volunteers since the church was closed last year. They have also neglected to repair the large external door damaged by fire a year ago. The need to remove two badly eroded spirelets in July this year is further evidence that restoration and re-opening of the building should not be delayed any longer.

We understand the Anglican parish of WellSpring will soon call for expressions of interest in the future of the church. We say the sooner a committed organisation takes responsibility for restoring Holy Trinity and opening it up for community uses, the better!

Dr Christian Garland
(chair, Holy Trinity Support Group, Hobart)