Thomas Horne (1800-1870) buys the land and builds a house. Born in London in 1800, educated at Westminster School and Christchurch Oxford and called to the bar in 1827, he arrived in Hobart Town with his wife and two daughters in January 1830. Within a year of being admitted to the Supreme Court in February 1830, he became involved in lively politics. He was a Judge, Attorney General, first member for Hobart in the Legislative Council and later President.
His finances were precarious: at one point he admitted to losing £20,000 in trading with New Zealand and was forced to sell properties. Despite this recklessness, he was appointed Solicitor General in 1841 with a salary of £900. In December 1843 he offered his resignation to Lieutenant-Governor Sir Eardley Wilmot in order to claim the benefit of the Insolvent Act. The lieutenant-governor refused to accept his resignation and offered him every possible assistance, including appointing him for a time acted as Attorney General in 1844.
On 12th May 1838 and again on 10th August 1938, the Hobart Town Courier advertised a house for sale by auction currently occupied by Thomas Horne and described as being substantial “with a view to carrying it two storeys higher”. The advertisements continued in 1840, 1850, 1856, 1857 through to 1858 when it was finally sold to pay creditors.
Bishop Charles Bromby (1814-1907) the Second Anglican Bishop of Tasmania, arrived on 7th January 1865 from Plymouth. He was the second son of Vicar John Bromley of Kingston-Upon-Hull and former Headmaster of Stepney Grammar School, joint founder of Cheltenham College and of the Cheltenham Ladies' College.
In 1869, the Church rented 26 Fitzroy Place and then named it Bishopscourt. After much debate, the Church bought the house in 1876: “every Australian Diocese, I believe, has erected a suitable residence for the Bishop except Tasmania…An opportunity now offers itself for the purchase of the House which I now occupy, standing upon nearly three acres of ground”. Bromby offered £200 of his salary to help fund the purchase.