Holy Trinity Anglican Church Rectory

Holy Trinity Anglican Church Rectory

The rectory was built in 1849 to the design of the architect William Weir, who was responsible for a number of early buildings for the Anglican Church in South Australia.

It replaced the original parsonage, a prefabricated “Manning” house sent out with the first prefabricated church, which was never erected due to its poor state on arrival. The parsonage survived much longer than the church, first as a rectory then as a chapter house, until it was dismantled in 1880.

Reverend James Farrell was the first resident of the rectory and stayed until 1868. The next two occupants, Reverend Richardson Reid and Reverend Frederick Webb, also had long associations with the rectory.

Reverend Reid, a protege of Dean Farrell and the first person born in South Australia to enter the Anglican ministry, lived there for 26 years.

Reverend Webb, who occupied the rectory for 29 years, was one of “the best known of the evangelical clergy at the turn of the century”. During his incumbency, from 1896 until 1925, Holy Trinity Church, along with St Luke’s of Whitmore Square and St Bartholomew’s of Norwood, became an evangelical church.

The rectory is an unpretentious building of the early Victorian period with a hipped roof, symmetrical elements, and a small radiating fanlight over the main entrance.


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The Rectory is historically significant as an early example of an Anglican building.

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  • Holy Trinity Church Rectory, 2014
William Weir
Building materials
Stone, Limestone
Architectural styles
2 Victorian Period (c. 1840–c. 1890)
1849 -
Architecture and design features
hipped roof, renderings
Engineering features
West End
Council Ward
Alternative Addresses
Town Acre
Planning Zone or Policy Area
Original owners
Anglican Church
Original occupant
Later occupant/s
Purposes and use
Religious, Rectory/Manse
AS2482 classification
15500 - Religious Building
Public Access
Limited public access
State Heritage ID
ACC Reference No.
DPTI Heritage No.
Certificate of Title No.
CT 5799/241 F181469 A627
NTSA file exists
Heritage Status
State Heritage listed
State heritage listing
State Heritage listed
Date of State heritage listing
Local heritage listing
Date of Local heritage listing
NTSA listing
NTSA registered
Date of NTSA listing
Section 23 (4) crtiteria
Risk status
Historic Themes
2 Peopling a city
2.2.1 Early Colonial Settlement
Reverend Richardson Reid, Reverend Frederick Webb
Australian Curriculum references
Year 5: The Australian Colonies


  • Hilliard, D., Godliness and good order, 1986, pp. 34, 57, 65; MLSA, 853, Vol. 1, p. 18; Historical photographs (Town Acre 9); South Australian Register, 16 September 1848.

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