“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.”

Over the years of researching Ferguson & Urie stained glass, I have come across many other 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?

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!

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