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Sandstone church with vintage car parked at the front.
Interior of heritage church showing worship area.
Stencilled heritage organ pipes.
An old picture of the church from the exterior.
Detail of a carving of the Lord’s Prayer inside the church.
Interior of the church with wedding decorations.
An exterior view of the church taken at an angle with a large number of priests and others, gathered.
An old picture of the interior of the church.

Holy Trinity Balaclava and Elwood

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Reed and Barnes 1882

Description

Holy Trinity was opened in 1871, and the current church building opened in 1883. The stained glass windows tell the stories of people who came to the area during boom time—some who went on to be household names and some who lost it all in the bust. A stunning sandstone building with a curious pepperpot-roofed old baptistry, it’s the kind of place you’d intentionally visit in an English village, but which is situated on the edge of St Kilda. The historical Fincham organ has its own quirky history and was funded by Reverend George Torrance, who was also known as ‘the Vanishing Vicar.'

What's On

The building will be open, and there will be guided tours of the stained glass windows and their stories.

Children's Activities

There will be mystery quiz sheets for kids to learn about some of the architectural and liturgical features of the church. Anyone who gets all the answers correct can ring the church bell! Adults are welcome to do the quiz sheets too.

Images: (1-3) Holy Trinity Balaclava and Elwood. Photos: Rev. Kathryn Watt. (4) Holy Trinity church. Photo: the History of Holy Trinity, published 1921. (5-6) Holy Trinity Balaclava and Elwood. Photos: Rev. Kathryn Watt. (7) Gathering of Bishop and Priests at the exterior of the church at the conclusion of the induction service of Rev. Kathryn Watt . Photo: Julian Watt. (8) Holy Trinity church interior. Photo: the History of Holy Trinity, published 1921.

Important Details

Time & Date

Saturday 27 July
Open access 10am-4pm
Tours running 11am, 1pm + 3pm
Running for 30 minutes in groups of 20
No bookings required

Sunday 28 July
Open access 12-4pm
Church service at 10.30am
Tours running 1pm + 3pm
Running for 30 minutes in groups of 20

No bookings required. Tour group capacity is limited and operates on a first-come, first-served basis.

There is lots of parking on and off Dickens St and on surrounding roads.

ACCESSIBILITY

Fully wheelchair accessible, Accessible bathroom, Accessible parking nearby

Location

175 Chapel St, St Kilda VIC 3182

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