About Us
A Brief Introduction
Holy Trinity has a long history in Launceston. By 1838, the original Anglican Church in Launceston (St John’s) was out of space and plans were made for a new parish. The foundation stone of the first Holy Trinity church was laid in September 1841 and opened for worship a year later in September 1842. By the late 19th century, structural issues had made the building unsafe and its replacement was necessary. The present church was opened in 1902.

Known for the dignified formality of its worship services, Holy Trinity maintains the classic Anglican pattern of Prayer Book liturgy with seasonal variations, Bible readings based on the Lectionary, and liturgically coloured robes/vestments. As with all Anglican churches, there is an emphasis on hearing God's word through readings from the Bible, and an attempt to grapple with its meaning and significance in Bible focused sermons.

Holy Trinity is a city church, seeking to be a presence in the CBD and drawing its congregation from well beyond its formal parish boundary. We aim to be an evolving expression of formal Anglican worship with a compassionate pastoral care for all. Our parish also includes three smaller church centres: St Andrew’s, Evandale, St Matthias’, Windermere and St James’, Franklin Village.

Find us at the corner of Cameron and George Streets, Launceston, midway between the Post Office and City Park, and opposite the Grand Chancellor Hotel. Parking adjacent to the church is available on Sundays (enter via George St).
Acting Rector: John Tongue
The Rev’d John Tongue grew up around Tamworth in northern NSW and studied Science, teaching at Calrossy Anglican Girls School in Tamworth. He studied theology at Ridley College in Melbourne, where he met and married Shirley, herself a former student at Ridley who had stayed on to work in the office as assistant to the Registrar. They have two adult children, Peter and Kimberley. After initially exploring the possibility of Missionary Service, John was ordained in the Armidale Diocese, spending time in Boggabri and Boggabilla before becoming Vicar of Tenterfield. At the end of 2002, the family moved to Hobart, where Shirley had grown up, with John becoming Rector of Holy Trinity, North Hobart (since incorporated into the Wellspring Parish). That was followed by time in the parish of Ulverstone, where John was also made Archdeacon of the North West, later moving to be Priest-in-charge of Devonport. John and Shirley are both keen bird-watchers, engaging in ‘twitching’, birding, survey work, and guiding for ‘Friends of Lillico Penguins’, a hobby which has taken the family to most parts of the State and Country. John is also keen on ‘country’ wine making – using fruit, flowers, vegetables, etc – and is a member of Lions.
Honorary Assistant Priest: Ken Box
The Rev’d Ken Box was born and grew up in Launceston, attending Scotch College before commencing an apprenticeship as an Automotive Electrician and winning the Apprentice of the Year award in 1964. Ken is married to Lyn with 2 children, 1 surviving grandchild and 4 great grandchildren.

He worked as an Auto Electrician until he experienced God’s call to ministry in 1974. He travelled with his family to St John’s College Morpeth to study for the ordained ministry.

On returning to Tasmania he served in the parishes of Burnie, St James New Town and George Town before accepting a chaplaincy position in the Royal Australian Air Force. For the next 20 years home was where the air force sent them. Ken completed his time in the RAAF as Director of Chaplaincy in Training Command. During his RAAF career he completed a Diploma of Education and Master of Ministry degree together with qualifications in relationship counselling and psychology.

In semi-retirement he has served in several locum roles in Tasmanian parishes before accepting his current position as Associate Priest at Holy Trinity.

Ken’s hobbies include working around his farm, sailing and a vintage MG sports car.

Office Assistant: Lorraine Andrews
Lorraine Andrews grew up in Launceston and first came to Holy Trinity Church in 1973 when she joined the choir. Her occupation has always been in office work. After a couple of years travelling and working overseas she married Norman. They have four adult children. When the children were young Lorraine was involved with the Sunday School and children's activities. Since that time Lorraine has been involved in parish life as the office secretary, parish council secretary, rector's warden, parish council member, various committees, Mothers' Union, Friday Cafe, sacristan, altar server, thurifer and choir. Her other interests include gardening, cats, music, family history, tai chi and learning new skills.
Organist: Peter Schultz
Peter’s abiding interest in the organ hails from his early years in rural Western Victoria, where he received his piano and early organ tuition from whence commenced his path as a church organist. Further organ study ensued with Sergio di Pieri in Melbourne. Peter’s career in survey and civil design has progressed through consulting firms, local government and the mining industry. In more recent years he has returned to the local government sphere where his specialty is in spatial information systems. Peter has directed the bulk of his musical activities to being a church musician and this duty has pretty much followed him wherever he has gone. He can truly say he has played ‘all sorts and conditions’ of organs over his musical career as a church organist. The past 11 years have occupied his time as Organist and Director of Music at Holy Trinity, following a 14-year appointment at Pilgrim Uniting Church in Launceston. He admits to being drawn to Holy Trinity by the formal liturgical format of worship which harks back to his formative years in the Lutheran Church. He seeks to continue and enhance this style by selecting appropriate musical settings or composing pieces to suit particular needs – improvising service music and hymn settings are a special interest. Peter plays occasional organ recitals in the Launceston region. He can also be found every now and then playing a session as a jazz pianist, in which improvisation also takes a key part. Peter and his wife have two adult daughters.
The first attempt to establish a British presence in northern Tasmania was at York Town on the west side of the Tamar River, but the location proved inadequate and Lieutenant Governor William Paterson moved the settlement to the present site of Launceston from the end of 1805. Early maps show a barracks located at the corner of George and Cameron Streets, now the site of Holy Trinity Church.

The first parish church in the town, St John’s, had reached capacity by 1838 and it was decided that a new church should be built. Plans were drawn up by the former convict architect, James Blackburn. The Governor, Sir John Franklin, approved an application for the land in August 1839 and the church opened for worship on 27 September 1842. The first Rector (inducted in May 1844) was the Rev’d William Gibbon, the first of several short incumbencies before the 46 year ministry of the Rev’d Francis Hales.

It was towards the end of Hales’ time as Rector that the original church developed structural issues and work commenced on the current building designed by Alexander North. Opened in 1902, the present church was intended to be only stage one, consisting of the chancel, transepts, chapel and vestries. A ‘temporary’ corrugated iron wall (which stayed in place for 80 years!) covered the space where the nave and spire were to join, but these were never constructed. Financial constraints, two World Wars and a Depression all no doubt contributed to the delay, and by the 1980s it was clear that the building as planned would never be completed. The present narthex, office, kitchen and toilets have provided a very functional smaller scale alternative.

Extensive information about Holy Trinity’s pipe organ can be found here.

In addition to the traditional staples of Sunday services, Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals, the parish has featured many groups and activities through its history of some 180 years. These have included choirs, GFS (for girls), CEBS (for boys), women’s groups, men’s groups, Sunday Schools and servers guilds - each an attempt to meet the needs of the community at the particular time.

At various times the parish has also included the churches of St Barnabas’ Alanvale, St George’s Invermay, All Saints Ravenswood, Holy Family Inveresk, St Peter’s St Leonards and All Souls Patersonia. Some of these continued independently and others have been closed and sold over the years. The parish currently incorporates St Andrew’s, Evandale, which has a service at 5.00pm each Sunday, St Matthias’, Windermere which has services twice a month and on special occasions, and St James’, Franklin Village, where we are presently holding a service each Thursday morning.

As is true of every church, Holy Trinity has had its share of both prosperous and lean times. In more recent years, some of the housing in the parish has given way to commercial premises. People have therefore travelled in from the wider area and we have seen fewer families among the regular attenders. The changing nature of the local community has brought new challenges which stretch our resources. But the essential task of proclaiming Christ is unchanged and remains our priority.

William Lloyd GIBBON 1844-1846
Thomas REIBEY 1846-1848 (later Archdeacon of Launceston)
John YARKER 1848-1854
Francis HALES 1854-1900 (Archdeacon of Launceston 1877-1900)
Edward Gibson BARRY 1900-1914
Robert Jocelyn de CŒTLOGON 1914-1921
Evelyn George MUSCHAMP 1922-1942
Magnus James MAY 1942-1951 (Archdeacon of Launceston from 1949)
Theodore Bruce McCALL 1951-1953 (later Bishop of Wangaratta)
Angus Elor PALMER 1953-1957
Anthony McDONALD 1957-1971
Alexander Geoffrey ADAMS 1971-1977
Warwick Thomas LETCHFORD 1977-1995 (Archdeacon of Launceston)
Michael VARNISH 1996-2002
Douglas Graham EDMONDS 2004-2009
Warwick James CUTHBERTSON 2010-2016
Dane Howard COURTNEY 2017-2023 (Archdeacon, Northern Ministry District 2017-2023 )
War Memorial
Holy Trinity contains a historic and significant memorial to those who served in the Great War 1914-1919. For more about the stories of those commemorated on the memorial, see our dedicated site 165anzacs.org
Holy Trinity is a red brick and sandstone church and is a fine example of the Federation Gothic Style. The 'Gothic' details include gargoyles, turrets, gables, buttresses and a fleche. The stained glass windows include three memorial windows imported from England for the first Holy Trinity Church on this site, built in 1842.

Some years ago, an urgent need for conservation / restoration work to be carried out on the stained glass and the the carved sandstone led to the establishment of a Conservation Fund. Work of the kind necessary can only be carried out by expert craftsmen and is, necessarily, quite an expensive undertaking.

With the assistance of the National Trust of Australia, we are able to accept tax-deductible donations towards all such restoration work, and new projects are always on the horizon. Please contact us for more information.

Sunday 8.30am
Our 8.30am Sunday service is a simple format Eucharist (or Holy Communion) following the Second Order in A Prayer Book for Australia 1995.

There is a clear emphasis on hearing God’s word in the Bible readings, and grappling with its meaning and significance in Bible focused sermons. Joining in Holy Communion each Sunday is a regular reminder that we gather in the name of Jesus Christ, who gave his life for our sins. When possible, we include one or two hymns in the service, but otherwise all parts of this service are said rather than sung.

We share in Morning Tea at the conclusion of the service.

Sunday 10.30am
Our main service of the week is a sung Eucharist (or Holy Communion) held each Sunday at 10.30am.

Apart from January, our small but dedicated choir is present to lead the music and the service — using the second form from A Prayer Book for Australia 1995 — is rather formal, and includes the use of incense on some Sundays.

A key part of our time together is hearing God's word in the Bible readings, and grappling with its meaning and significance in Bible focused sermons. Holy Communion is a regular reminder that Christ gave his life for our sins.

We share in Morning Tea at the conclusion of the service.

The 10.30am Sunday service is normally also live-streamed via our Youtube channel and remains available to watch there at a later time.

Sunday Evening
Regular evening services are at St Andrew’s, Evandale at 5.00pm each Sunday.
A service is held at Holy Trinity on Thursdays at 11.00am (except during January), and there is also a service at St James’, Franklin Village on Wednesdays at 11.00am. Each of these services is a brief Eucharist (Holy Communion) from A Prayer Book for Australia 1995, and lasts for about half an hour.
Christmas & Easter
Christmas and Easter are two of the best known and most popular occasions in the church calendar. We warmly invite you to join us in celebrating them. Of course, we hope to see you more often than just twice a year!

Our usual pattern for Christmas Services is:

Christmas Eve:
5pm Family Service
11pm Eucharist/Holy Communion (with choir)
Christmas Day:
9am Eucharist/Holy Communion

A 'carols and lessons' service is usually held in the preceding weeks, depending on where in the week Christmas falls. In 2021 it will be at 7pm on Saturday 18 December.

Our usual pattern for Easter Services is:
Maundy Thursday:
6pm Eucharist/Holy Communion
Good Friday:
9.45am Devotional Meditation: 'The Way of the Cross' (or 'Stations of the Cross')
10.30am Good Friday service (including Communion)
Easter Sunday:
8.30am Eucharist/Holy Communion
10.30am Eucharist/Holy Communion

Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals
Baptism is a public expression of putting your faith in Jesus Christ (that is, a public expression of becoming a Christian).

The baptism of a child can be a very significant social event for families, and parents request baptism because they are eager to do the very best for their children. We ask parents to take time to properly understand what baptism means, so that the words expressed in the service are meant from the heart.

In past generations, baptism of children was very common, but many adults today - and especially younger adults - are not baptised. To find out more, come along to one of our services and speak to a member of the staff. (By the way, many people use the term ‘Christening’, but both the Bible and our Anglican Prayer Book use the proper term, which is ‘baptism’.)

Holy Trinity provides a beautiful setting for your wedding and we welcome inquiries.

In order to satisfy the requirements of Australian law and Anglican Church policy, our Marriage Services always follow one of the authorised Anglican Prayer Book forms and are conducted by one of our staff.

It may be possible for other Ministers to assist in the service. We will be pleased to meet with you and discuss what is involved. Marriage services can be conducted at any mutually convenient time, but our regular activities on Sundays mean that we are unable to accept bookings for Sunday weddings.

Christian funeral services provide an opportunity to express grief and say goodbye. More importantly, they point us to the hope we have in Jesus Christ, who died for our sins and was raised again to life.

Whether a service is planned for the church, crematorium chapel, or other location, we welcome enquiries from those who live in our parish or who have had significant connections with Holy Trinity in the past. Please contact us as early as possible to ascertain the availability of the church and ministers.

Note that some of the following are temporarily suspended due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Children & Youth Young people of all ages are welcome at our services and activities and we aim to offer suitable activities. A program for younger children is offered at our Sunday 8.30am service.

Bible Study Small groups can be a wonderful part of church life. They complement Sunday services by offering opportunity for discussion, friendship, mutual support and prayer. A key aspect of most groups is time spent exploring the Bible together. Meeting times and locations vary. Contact us for more information.

Prayer Meeting A small group meets for prayer each week between our morning services (currently suspended due to COVID restrictions). We start at 10am and keep strictly to 15 minutes. You are most welcome to join us in praying for our community and church.

Choir The choir sings at the 10:30am Sunday Eucharist except during January. Practices are held every Sunday morning before the service (starting at 9.45am), as well as on two Saturdays each month at 2.30pm. Weddings, Christmas, Easter and special occasions are also opportunities for the choir to help enrich our worship experience. Singing is an important expression of our liturgy at Holy Trinity and we welcome new members who would like to join the choir.

Services in Aged Care Facilities We help to provide regular church services in a number of local aged care facilities, including Glenara Lakes, Sandhill, Riverside Views and The Manor.

Special Events Holy Trinity regularly hosts cultural events such as concerts and exhibitions. For up to date details of special events, please refer to our Facebook page