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Designed by James Blackburn, who had been convicted for forgery and transported in 1833 and built by the Hobart firm of Kirk & Fisher on land that was donated by George Hull at a cost of one thousand five hundred pounds the foundation stone was laid by Sir John Franklin on the 20th December 1839 and the building was ready for worship by 1841.  

The first minister for St. Matthew’s was the Rev. Charles Simson who arrived in 1841 and remained as minister until 1870

Between the years 1842 until 1872 there were approximately 160 burials in this churchyard and after that most people were buried at Cornelian Bay

It is interesting to note that the cemetery attached to the church was at the front of the building and this land was later acquired by the Glenorchy City Council for road widening.  In return the Church was given a small block of land at the rear of the Church (now used for car parking) with a house that had been occupied by the Barrow family.  

It was at this time the headstones were removed and placed around the Church.

     St Matthews as it is today

Members of our families associated with this Church are Tilyard, Holly, O’Brien Hull, Barton and Butterworth

                                                                                                                             St Matthews early 1900                                                                                







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