Artist/Studio: Cathedral Glass Co., Von Newhauser, Jele, and Co, (Die Tiroler Glasmalerei, Innsbruck, Austria), c.1888.
Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Building: Melbourne Town Hall.
Donor: Herr Katzmayr, executive commissioner for Austria.
Photos dated: 30th July 2011.
“The Tyrolese Stained Glass Works, at Musbruck [sic: Innsbruck], the capitol of the Tyrol, send two specimens of their handiwork. The first represents “Joseph Established by Pharaoh as Master of the Land of Egypt.” The other is of greater interest to Victorians, and has evidently been prepared as a compliment to the colony. It represents the Centennial of Victoria (? Australia), which appears in the symbolical form of a maiden on the verge of womanhood, with the world at her feet. The coast-line of Australia is visible on the globe, and Victoria has her foot on the Gulf of Carpentaria. A very pretty border of flowers and gems includes several scrolls, upon which are inscribed the names of the navigators and explorers who are conspicuous in the history of the Australian continent. The work is most artistic, and reflects credit on all concerned. Redlhammer Gebruder, of Gablonz, Bohemia, have an extensive exhibit of glass-cutters, and of imitation diamonds and precious stones. In addition to this they show some very fine specimens of cut glass, chiefly in small articles such as pendants for lustres, inkstands, and small bottles”.
“Herr Katzmayr, executive commissioner for Austria at the International Exhibition, presented on behalf of the Cathedral Glass Co., Von Newhauser, Jele, and Co., a stained glass panel – representing the centenary of Victoria – to the council as a souvenir of the Exhibition and the hospitality of the mayor and councillors. The present was accepted with hearty thanks”.
“CITY TREASURES PUT INTO STRONGROOM
“Workmen were busy at the Melbourne Town Hall yesterday removing several valuable possessions to the strongroom as a precaution in the event of possible enemy air raids. Perhaps the most valuable of these was a stained glass window, which had been an attractive feature of the reception-room for many years. This window, which contains a beautiful representation of the Angel of Peace, was exhibited by an Austrian firm at the early exhibition in Melbourne, and was later presented to the City Council…”