20-11-1900: St Stephen’s Church, Richmond, Victoria, Australia.

Artist/Studio: Auguste Fischer/Fisher, Melbourne.
Location: Richmond, Victoria, Australia.
Building: St Stephen’s, Richmond.
Memorial: Martha Perks.
Photos dated: 1st Nov 2010.

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The Argus, Melbourne, Vic, Tuesday 20th November 1900, page 6.

“The Bishop of Melbourne preached at St. Stephen’s Church, Richmond, on Sunday morning. It was the 49th anniversary of the opening of the church, and the occasion was invested with additional interest by the unveiling and dedication[1] of a stained glass window, erected in memory of the late Mrs. Perks. In dedicating the window, the Bishop referred to the earnest work of the late Mrs. Perks in the parish, by which she cheered and strengthened her husband in his long ministry. The subject of the window is taken from Herbert Schmalz’s[2] celebrated picture, “Noli me tangere,” and represents the Saviour appearing to Mary Magdalene at the tomb. The figures are drawn nearly life-size, and surmounted by an angel bearing a scroll, on which is inscribed the word “Raboni.”[3] The artist was Mr. A. Fischer[4], Watson’s-place, Flinders-lane.”

Memorial text on window reads:

“TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN LOVING MEMORY OF MARTHA PERKS BELOVED WIFE OF CHARLES THOMAS PERKS 1st INCUMBENT OF THIS PARISH DIED OCT 5TH 1898.”

Charles Thomas Perks became a Canon of St Paul’s Cathedral in Melbourne and was incumbent of St Stephen’s Anglican Church in Richmond for 42 years. He pre-deceased his wife Martha by four years, dying on the 13th February 1894[5].

 

[1] “Noli me tangere” – Latin: “Don’t touch me” or “Touch me not”.

[2] Herbert Gustav Schmalz (1856-1935).

[3] Definition: “Raboni” is “Master”.

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