Who was Nellie Payne?

Rectory mantelpiece, Holy Trinity Church, Hobart. Carved 1913.


The Mercury, Friday 29th August, 1913 page 2 (excerpt)
Old Trinity Rectory, which was on the Glebe, just above Park street, was sold some time since to the Christs College trustees, to serve as a residence for the warden. The new one occupies a beautiful situation on the top of Trinity Hill, just next to the church, and with a very fine view over the city and harbour and the adjacent country. The new rectory is a two storey brick building with a slate roof. It represents a departure from the usual type, in that the offices, which are usually outbuildings, such as the wood-shed, are all under the one roof with the main building. The rectory contains 11 main rooms, besides several small storerooms and recesses, to serve as cupboards. The dining-room and drawing-room both look towards the harbour, and two French windows give access from each to a wide verandah. The two rooms are separated by large folding doors, so that on such occasions as yesterday they can be thrown into one.

In the study is a fine carved overmantle of the timber known to the furniture trade as “Tasmanian oak, to country people as “stringy-bark and to the botanist as “Eucalyptus obliquas”.
This was carved and presented by Mrs. Payne. The other overmantles and the panelling in the hall are of the same useful and ornamental timber, which is to be used in most of the furnishings of the house. The staircase is of Tasmanian Blackwood. The rectory is up to date in every respect, and fitted with electric light throughout. The foundations should be secure, since they go right down on the solid rock, which underlies Trinity Hill. The building was carried out by Messrs. C. Turner and Sons, of New Norfolk, at a cost of about £1,700, and the electric light fittings were put in by Mr. L Edwards.”