The Reverend Robert Knopwood was the expedition’s chaplain and was long the sole chaplain of Van Diemen’s Land.
Lt Gov David Collins died 24 March 1810 and was buried at Hobart Cemetry (now St David’s Park). A was constructed of wood was erected over David Collins’ grave as a temporary place for public worship. The Church was never consecrated, it is unsure if it was used, but in 1812 it was blown away in a tempest.
From 30 June 1812 the seat of government of the whole of Van Diemen’s Land was located in Hobart Town, still responsible to New South Wales.
In February 1813 Lt Gov Thomas Davey gained approval from Governor Lachlan Macquarie of New South Wales of plans for erection of St David’s Church. Other projects namely a Military Barracks and a Colonial Hospital took precedence.
On 19 February 1817 the foundation stone of the St David’s Church was laid on the corner of Murray and Macquarie Streets by Thomas Davey to perpetuate the memory of the late David Collins.
On 18 March 1835 a tower known as the Pepper Pot was erected in its place.
In 1836 the first Archdeacon of Van Diemen’s Land, the Reverend William Hutchins, was appointed and held office until his death in 1841 (The Hutchins School founded in 1846 was named in his memory).
With the Founding of the See, Hobart Town was declared a City and St David’s Church became St David’s Cathedral.
Bishop Nixon was enthroned in the old St David’s on 27 July 1843 by the Senior Chaplain, Dr William Bedford.
On 17 January 1862 St David’s Cathedral and land on the corner of Murray and Macquarie Streets, Hobart was granted by the Crown to the Trustees of the Diocese of Tasmania (Thomas Reiby, Edward Samuel Pickard Bedford and William Stanley Sharland).
On 8 January 1868 the foundation stone of the present St David’s Cathedral (the second St David’s Church) was laid by HRH Prince Alfred the Duke of Edinburgh in the presence of Governor Thomas Gore Browne, Premier Sir Richard Dry and a large concourse of clergy and laity.
The ceremony was conducted by the second Bishop of Tasmania, the Right Reverend Charles Henry Bromby. The supervising architect for the building was famous Tasmanian architect Henry Hunter. The builder for the project was James Gregory.
In 1872 the Reverend Frederick Holdship Cox was appointed first Dean of Hobart. On 3 February 1874 the nave of the new St David’s Cathedral was consecrated by Bishop Bromby.
On 3 February 1891 the foundation stone of the Chancel was laid by Sir Robert Hamilton KCB Governor of Tasmania in the presence of Bishop Henry Hutchinson Montgomery (father of Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery of Alamein).
On 18 January 1894 the Cathedral Chancel and the Nixon Chapel were consecrated by Bishop Montgomery. This coincided with a Church Congress of Australia and New Zealand.
In August 1908 work on reconstruction of the Chancel began as it was in danger of collapse.The work of reconstruction was completed in April 1909.
Work did not commence on erection of the tower until 1929 when an anonymous legacy of £7,000 plus other gifts started the Tower and Cloisters Fund. Work progressed under supervision of architect Alan Walker with contractor H W Pease. On 1 March 1931 (St David’s Day) the cloisters and the base of the tower were opened and consecrated by the Bishop of Tasmania the Right Reverend Robert Snowdon Hay DD.
Completion of the Bell Tower 28 October 1936. Final completion of the plans originally drawn by George Frederick Bodley, 68 years after commencement.