Holy Trinity Church
Holy Trinity Church was the first Anglican church built in South Australia and is one of the oldest buildings in the City of Adelaide. Colonel William Light, Surveyor-General for the colony of South Australia allocated the site on Lot 9, before the general ballot for city acres was commenced.
The foundation stone was laid by Governor Hindmarsh on 26 January 1838 and the first service (a baptismal service) was recorded on 21 July 1838 while workmen were still fixing the roof. The clock in the tower, which has been there since 1838, was made by Vulliamy, clockmaker to King William IV. It was intended as the town clock and was put in this first Adelaide tower.
During 1845 the body of the church was rebuilt, reroofed, the steeple and the clock removed, and a vestry added. The steeple was replaced by a belfry set on top of the tower. In 1846 galleries were erected in the transepts, which were often filled by the garrison troops who marched down North Terrace from their barracks to the music of their own brass band. In 1888-89 the original building, which had remained unchanged for over forty years, was extensively altered. Then in 1958 a large gallery was added above the main entrance, and this was further extended in 1967 to accommodate 150 people. Two additional vestries were added in 1970.
The Grenfell Memorial Organ, has been built in the upper section of the north transept. It is a fine instrument of twenty-three stops and 1,299 pipes in memory of Pascoe St Leger Grenfell, who gave the land on which the church is built. The instrument was dedicated on 2 February 1958, marking the 118th anniversary of the church. The Centenary Window, installed in 1937, commemorates the first 100 years of Holy Trinity Church in three panels of stained glass.
For more about the church’s history you can download a 12 page history from the Church’s website or watch the video below.
The church building is open for viewing during office hours, Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm, when not being used for other church activities. Please visit the church office on arrival and they will assist you.
Guided tours are available at various times throughout the year, for example, during SA Heritage Week, or can be organised on request for school groups, tourists or other interested parties. Phone( 08) 8213 7300.
Current status and listings
1888-89 - Extensive works