Family: John Duncan Campbell / Doris Mary Hill

m. 6 Apr 1927


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Old St Pauls Cathedral, Wellington, New Zealand

Old St. Paul's is a historic site, Wellington landmark and popular wedding and event venue in the heart of Wellington, New Zealand. The building was used as a cathedral in the Diocese of Wellington of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia between 1866-1964. It is an example of 19th-century Gothic Revival architecture adapted to colonial conditions and materials. It is at 34 Mulgrave Street, Thorndon, Wellington, New Zealand, close to the New Zealand Parliament.

The site of the church was purchased by Bishop Selwyn in 1845 and added to by Governor Grey in 1853,[1] at which time it was on a prominent cliff top overlooking Wellington harbour.[2] Agreement to build the church was reached by 1861[2] and the Reverend Frederick Thatcher, then vicar of St. Paul's, Thorndon, was engaged as the architect.

The foundation stone was laid by Governor Grey on 21 August 1865.[3] The building work was executed by John McLaggan and a team of eight carpenters,[4] and the church was consecrated by Bishop Abraham on 6 June 1866.[5]

Soon after the church opened, it became apparent that it was unstable in high winds, and so the south transept, designed by Christian Julius Toxward, was added in 1868.[6] Later additions included the north transept and north-aisle extension, also by Toxward, in 1874; the moving of the chancel five metres to the east and the addition of minor north and south transepts to the design of George Fannin in 1876; the choir vestry in 1882, probably designed by Toxward; and extension of the baptistry as designed by Frederick de Jersey Clere in 1891.[6] Thatcher?s original wooden shingle roof was replaced with corrugated iron in 1895, and subsequently with Welsh slates in 1924.[7]

In 1964 the Diocese of Wellington moved to the new St Paul's Cathedral nearby. After a significant battle to prevent its demolition, Old St. Paul's was purchased by the New Zealand Government in 1967, and subsequently restored by the Ministry of Works under the guidance of Peter Sheppard.[8]

Old St. Paul's is now managed by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga.[1] While no longer a parish church, it remains consecrated, and is a popular venue for weddings, funerals and other services.

It is constructed from New Zealand native timbers, with stunning stained glass windows. The interior has been likened to the upturned hull of an Elizabethan galleon, with exposed curving rimu trusses and kauri roof sarking.

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