“There is probably no portion of a well appointed  church that will strike the eye or cause pleasure sooner than a stained glass window, with suitable figures painted thereon.” – The Advocate, Melbourne, 1888.

This weblog is an offshoot of my family history project surrounding the historical stained glass windows created by the colonial Victorian stained glass firm, “Ferguson & Urie 1853-1899.”

My research on Ferguson & Urie stained glass has revealed many fabulous newspaper articles about stained glass windows created by other artists and studios that are just too good to ignore. Whilst I have tried to remain focused on my research of the Ferguson & Urie Company,  I have eventually conceded that I should at least pair any historic newspaper articles I come across with any photos I may have taken of these historic stained glass windows.

The quality and craftsmanship of the stained glass varies greatly between artists and studios.  Your own taste will determine what you think is breathtaking or mediocre. In any case, you have to consider the amount of workmanship that goes into the entire construction of the stained glass windows which is an incredible art form on its own.

This site will serve as my alternate repository of information not directly related to my primary research project of Ferguson & Urie craftsmanship.

There is a wealth of history in our historic stained glass windows. The questions that are never asked are; who made them? Who was the person it is a memorial to? Who was the donor? What is the relevance of the symbolism depicted in the window?

There is a fascinating story behind each window and I invite anyone who has interesting information to contact me via the contacts page.



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  1. Congratulations Ray on your new “offshoot” site Stained Glass Windows and thanks for sharing your excellent photos together with relative newspaper clippings. The information adds a whole new dimension of understanding to these magnificent windows.
    With Best Wishes,

  2. It’s all fantastic historical stuff Janice. There are a lot of historical connections to some of these stained glass windows to that produced by our Ferguson & Urie company.There is so much I find that cant be ignored.



  3. Ray: St Anthony’s Glen Huntly (Vic) is 100 years old. They have a number of Mayer windows from the 1930s or thereabouts, and are trying to trace their history. Ideas welcome!

  4. In early 1950s a Ferguson designed and crafted three stain glass windows for installation at St Luke’s, Bay Street, North Brighton, Victoria. He was encouraged in this endeavour by my father the Revd Bill Johnson who served as a Padre at El Alamein. The windows captured the horror of war and the terror of the opening salvo on the 23rd October 1942 and ultimately the triumph of faith. St Lukes was decommissioned in the seventies (?). Does anybody know where the windows might be stored and where I can obtain information on Ferguson?.

      • Thank you Ray.

        Following for your records provides what I wanted.


        Victorian Heritage Database Report

        Stained Glass Window at North Brighton [now Carrum Downs] St. Luke’s Anglican Church

        Carrum Downs St Lukes Anglican


        Bay Road [now William Road], North Brighton [now Carrum Downs], BAYSIDE CITY



        Level of significance

        For public view

        Heritage Listing

        Vic. War Heritage Inventory

        Architect/Designer Ferguson, John, Ferguson & Papas,

        Hermes Number 196940

        Property Number

        Report generated 12/01/16

        Memorial Window References & Acknowledgements

        Bronwyn Hughes, Shining Lights, Ethereal Visions; stained glass in Frankston City, Frankston City Council, Frankston, 2011; W. Johnson, ‘War memorial Windows, Church of England Messenger, 26 December 1952, p.413.

        Memorial Window Subject

        The Holy Family, Crucifixion and Resurrection

        Memorial Window Text


        Memorial Window Inscription


        Memorial Window Description & History

        John Ferguson (1923-2010) was asked to design the commemorative window so that the subject of the soldier was integrated with the Christian message. The bold and complex result allows the windows to be read symbolically and not only as Holy Family, Crucifixion and the Resurrection but also as a soldier taking leave of his wife and child, his death in battle and hisvictory over death. Although this was a very early commission for John Ferguson and his partner Nick Papas (b.1920-), it heralded and exemplified their commitment to producing stained glass for the modern world. The war memorial window was dedicated by the Right Reverend JD McKie on Sunday 16 November 1952. St. Luke’s was closed in 1991 and the building converted into apartment. The windows were gifted to the newly built church of the same name at Carrum Downs in 1992.

        This place/object may be included in the Victorian Heritage Register pursuant to the Heritage Act 1995. Check the Victorian Heritage Database, selecting ‘Heritage Victoria’ as the place data owner.

        For further details about Heritage Overlay places, contact the relevant local council or go to Planning Schemes

    • Michael, I believe these three windows are now in the (named after the Brighton church that I remember, being a local) St Lukes Carrum Downs church that was built 20-25 years ago, hence it being named St Lukes.
      It’s in William Rd, off Frankston-Dandenong Rd.

      • Yes.

        I included a photo of the windows as re-installed at Carrum in my narrative ‘Alamein – Their Song Shall Live.

        Thank you.

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