Wesleyan/Trinity Uniting Church, Margaret St, Launceston (3)


Originally built in 1889 as a Sunday School for the adjoining Wesleyan Chapel.
In 1917, converted to a church. and the older building became the Sunday school.
Opened 1918.

Cnr Balfour & Margaret Sts. Margaret St, Launceston. Google Maps.
Built as Sunday School 3 January 1889, 23 June 1889
Converted 27 January 1918
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Wesleyan Chapel, Margaret St, Launceston (2)


Margaret St, Launceston. Google Maps.
Opened 1858 to replace a smaller, wooden chapel.
In 1889, a larger building was constructed for use as a school, fronting Balfour St (left and behind in photo).
In 1918, the new larger building was converted for use as the church building, and  Margaret St chapel became the Sunday School.

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Wesleyan Chapel, Margaret St, Launceston (1)

“The building was of wood and had been erected at a cost of £250. It stood behind the present building.”

Margaret St, Launceston. Google Maps.

Opened c.1837.
Replaced in 1858 by a new building that was later the Sunday School, fronting Margaret Street.
In 1889, a larger building was constructed for use as a school, fronting Balfour St.
In 1918, this was converted for use as the church building, and the smaller building on Margaret St became the Sunday School.

The first reference to the establishment of a Methodist Church in Margaret-street occurs in the minutes of the quarterly meeting of the Launceston Circuit held at Paterson-street on May 7, 1836, under the question: “What more can be done to promote the cause of God in the Circuit?” Faded writing in the century-old minute book records the following re solution as the answer to the query: ‘”It being deemed desirable to have a place in which to hold religious ser vices in the south end of the town, and Mr. I. Sherwin having offered to the connexion a plot of land on which to erect a chapel, it is resolved that Mr. Sherwin’s offer be greatly accepted and that the property be settled on the conference plan without delay.'”

On June 30, 1836, it was decided to erect a chapel on the land at once with the means which may be realised, “the size to be according to the sum obtained on condition that the sanction of the district meeting be obtained.” There is no record extant of the actual opening, but Margaret-street appears on the plan for January, 1837, and in April of the same year it was decided that preaching be held at Margaret-street every Sunday afternoon. The building was of wood and had been erected at a cost of £250. It stood behind the present building.
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(site of) Independent Chapel, Tamar St, Launceston


Tamar St, Launceston. Google Maps.
Opened 1837. Adjoining hall opened 1896. Church demolished 1920.

From “The Days Of Our Youth, Early Launceston: the early churches”:
The Congregationalists were represented in the first instance by the Rev. Charles Price, who arrived at Launceston in September, 1832, and on the 23rd of that month preached for the first time in the Court House, which was then in Cameron-street, near where the post office now stands. After staying four months, Mr. Price went to Sydney, re turning in 1836. He obtained a grant of 3/4-acre of land in Tamar-street, and in September of the following year the Tamar-street Church was erected at a cost of about £1300. In 1842 a second Congregationalist Church (the present “Milton Hall”) was opened by the Rev. John West (Tasmania’s historian), who arrived in the colony in 1838, having been sent by the Colonial Missionary Society. Services in the meantime were held in the infant school-room in Frederick-street. Mr. Price, in addition to labouring gratuitously for 14 years, built in 1848, at his own expense, the little Wycliffe chapel in Vincent-street, off St. John-street, for the greater convenience of some aged members of his congregation. In 1858 he also induced his Tamar-street adherents to erect a chapel at Inveresk.
Examiner, 17 March 1906

View from Windmill Hill, 1860s, showing Tamar Street. Chapel is the larger building on the right of the street
(cropped from photo in QVMAG Collection, QMV:1983:P:1196)

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(site of) Temporary Independent Chapel, Frederick St, Launceston

A small wooden building “then considered an old one, and erected in another part of the town [that] was purchased and removed on wheels to the allotment in Frederick-street, where it was converted into a chapel”.
1839 Opened
1842 Replaced by St John’s Square Chapel
1885 Demolished.

Assessment roll
From the 1886 Assessement Roll for Launceston. The land marked replaces 3 occupied houses in the 1885 roll, which makes it likely to be the site of a wooden tenement proximal to the Primitive Methodist Chapel demolished in the previous few months. That site would be either next door or one building down from the Primitive Methodist Chapel (depending on the location of its associated house). Thus, it would be approximately here:

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St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Launceston

Located in Margaret, near/adjoining/behind the site of the present day Church of the Apostles.
Foundation stone laid 1839.
Opened 1842.
Closed 1866, replaced by Church of the Apostles

Detail from a drawing by Magaret Black, 1852 (from the QVMAG QVM:1988:P:0041) showing St Joseph’s to the left of the city.

Details from a painting by Frederick Strange (QVMAG collection):

Roman Catholic Church, Margaret Church, c.1856

Prior to the opening of St Joseph’s, a temporary chapel was built in Cameron Street.

It will be seen by on advertisement in another part of our columns, that it is the intention or the Roman Catholics to establish a Chapel in this town, in order that they may ” worship God according to the manner of their fore-fathers.” The Catholics have hitherto had no fixed place of worship, and have been obliged to resort for an occasional performance of their duties, to any building which might offer for the purpose. The establishment of a Chapel must therefore be looked upon by every friend to Catholicity as a very desirable object, for, although we do not coincide with the doctrines which that religion ?aches to be necessary for salvation, yet, we ?e ever anxious to give equal support to every religious denomination.

Cornwall Chronicle, 7 April 1838

Roman Catholics.— We are requested to state, that a temporary chapel has been erected in Cameron-street, for the accommodation of the Catholic portion of our community, at which place divine service is now regularly performed every Sunday morning, by the Rev. Mr. Cotham, according to the rites and ceremonies of that church.
Cornwall Chronicle, 25 August 1838
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(site of) Trinity Anglican Church, Launceston (first)

Cnr Cameron & George Streets
1844 – 1902. Replaced by Holy Trinity.


The Courier, 6 November 1840

THE Foundation Stone of the NEW CHURCH in Launceston, (which it is proposed to dedicate to the Holy Trinity) will be laid on Wednesday, the 22nd September instant, by the Commandant Major St Maur, who has contented to undertake tab office. The Committee, Clergy, and friends of the Church of England, are requested to observe, that it is proposed to assemble at St John’s Church, at 2 o’clock precisely, and proceed from thence to the rite at the corner of George and Cameron-streets. Adequate arrangements will be made for the accommodation of ladies’ and the public, to witness the proceedings. In the Evening, Divine Service will be performed in St. John’s Church, and a Sermon for the occasion will be preached by the Rev. R. R. Davies. Service to commence at half-past six o’clock. After which a collection will be made in aid of the funds for the building.

Launceston Advertiser, 16 September

Looking across site of original church to the new one.

We had not space in our last number to record the ceremony of laying the foundation stone of the new church in his town on Wednesday week last. Several hundred of the inhabitants were present to witness it, amongst which we were pleased to see a few sectarians, indeed, we hope, with a liberality of feeling for the success of the interesting object. Several ministers of the Established Church assisted in the service, and our much respected Commandant Major St. Maur laid the stone, under which was the deposited the various s coins of the realm, according to common usage.
Cornwall Chronicle, 2 October 1841

Launceston Examiner, 7 December 1842

Launceston Examiner, 24 December 1842

“View of the original Holy Trinity Church, Launceston Tasmania” (From QVMAG Collection, QVM:1983:P:2708)

c. 1904 (From QVMAG Collection, QVM:1989.P.0592.)

Interior photo

Interior. (From QVMAG Collection, QVM:1988.P.0607)

“View of the old and new Holy Trinity Church, Launceston,Tasmania c-1904” (From QVMAG Collection, QVM:1986.P.0621.)