Sermon: No Other Foundation (200 Years On)

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Preached by Richard Humphrey on Sunday, February 19th, 2017

Knopwood PaintingA sermon first preached by The Rev’d Robert Knopwood
on the occasion of the laying of the Foundation Stone of the Church of St David, February 19th, 1817.

“We shall consider Christ as the foundation of our Faith
His Doctrines are the foundation of our Faith. His Life is the foundation of our Practice, His Promises is the foundation of our hope.”

Service: Ordination & Collation.

Saturday, February 18th, 2017 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

There is an ordination service at the Cathedral for the priesting of The Rev’ds Ruth Hanlon, Jennifer Hercott and Sue Willis.

The Venerable Helen Phillips and Stephen Carnaby will also be collated as Archdeacons.

Bishop Richard Condie will lead and preach at the service.

All welcome.

Service: St. David’s Bicentennial Service

Sunday, February 19th, 2017 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am

Original St. David's New TowerOn Wednesday, February 19, 1817 at 11am the Foundation Stone of the first St. David’s Church was laid at the corner of Macquarie and Murray Sts.

To celebrate this our service on Sunday February 19, 2017, at 10am will as far as is practical be as Church could have been in 1817 with the Book of Common Prayer, King James Bible, and Communion Vessels that were in use at the time. We also have the text of the sermon that  Reverend Robert Knopwood wrote for the occasion.

Come and celebrate with us.


Continuous Cathedral Chorister Champion?

Is 75 years a world record?

We’d love to know if anyone can beat it?

David Kirby joined the Choir of St David’s Cathedral, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, as a boy soprano at the beginning of 1942, aged 8 years. He was awarded a choir scholarship, which helped defray educational costs at the nearby Hutchins School. He never left the choir, and at the end of 2016, celebrated 75 years of singing as a Cathedral chorister.

During the 1940s, the Organist and Master of the Choristers, a relatively young John Nicholls, was anxious to retain talented boy choristers in the choir when their voices broke, and they were unable to sing soprano. Certain boys were encouraged to remain in the choir and sing in the lower ranks.

David was one of the first to be selected in this trial, and the first to stay the course. After a short period singing alto, and then tenor, he became a bass at the age of 14.

He served as a bass from 1947 to 2016. When a leading tenor left the choir at Easter 2016, David was asked to fill the gap in the tenor ranks. At the age of 83, he switched from bass to tenor, which involved learning a new part and greater concentration.

David has completed 75 Christmases in the choir – 5 as a choirboy, 69 as a bass and one as a tenor. This period of continuous service in a Anglican Cathedral choir is believed to be an Australian record, and possibly for English Cathedrals as well.


Blooming Bells Open Day

Saturday, February 11th, 2017 from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm

As part of Blooming Church the Cathedral ringers will be running three comprehensive tours of the Bell Tower on Saturday morning.

These will begin at:
10.00,  11.30,  12.15
The comprehensive tours include a visit to the ringing room where we will provide an introduction to bellringing (a bit of background, how they work and so on), a demonstration of bellringing by the band, and an opportunity to have a go.

It also includes a visit to the top of the tower, with a glimpse at the bells in the belfry – possibly while they are in motion, and a little time to look at the views from the tower roof.  There is a limit of 15 people per tour.

On Saturday afternoon we will be running six tower-only tours, climbing to the roof to see the views and with a glimpse at the bells in the belfry en route. These will begin at:
1.00, 1.30, 2.00, 2.30, 3.00, 3.30.

Come along you will find it a-peal-ing.

Sermon: Opening of the Legal Year Address

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Preached by Professor Tim McCormack on Friday, February 3rd, 2017

The Traditional Ecumenical Service that start to the Legal Year. This years guest, Professor Tim McCormack, will be speaking on “Renewing our Commitment to Justice.”

Professor Tim McCormack

Tim McCormack is a Professor of Law at the Melbourne Law School and an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Tasmania Law School. He is also the Special Adviser on International Humanitarian Law to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague and a Director of World Vision Australia. Tim has recently returned from a sabbatical year in the US where he was a Fulbright Senior Scholar, the Charles H Stockton Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at the Stockton Centre for the Study of International Law at the US Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, and James Barr Ames Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School for the Winter Term (January 2016).

Tim was the Foundation Australian Red Cross Professor of International Humanitarian Law (1996-2010) at the Melbourne Law School, and also the Foundation Director of the Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law (2001-2010) – a collaborative initiative (established 2001) between the Melbourne Law School and the Australian Defence Force Legal Service. He has held a number of significant international appointments as: an international observer for Phase 2 of the Turkel Commission of Enquiry into Israel’s processes for investigation of alleged violations of International Humanitarian Law (Jerusalem, 2011-2013); amicus curiae on international law matters to the judges of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia for the trial of Slobodan Miloševic (The Hague, 2002-2006); expert International Humanitarian Law adviser to Major Mori for the defence of David Hicks before the US Military Commission (Guantanamo Bay, 2003-2007). Tim is also a member of the international advisory boards of a number of academic institutions in the US, Israel, Germany and Sweden.

Tim grew up in Burnie and attended Burnie State School, Parklands High School and Hellyer College. He is a graduate of the University of Tasmania (LL.B. Hons. – 1982) and of Monash University (Ph.D. – 1990).