29-03-1875: Immaculate Conception, Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia.

Artist/Studio: Franz Meyer & Co, Munich, Germany, c.1875.
Location: Hawthorn, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Building: Immaculate Conception Church, 345 Burwood Rd.
Memorial: Mrs Charles James King, relatives and friends.
Photos dated: 13th March 2011.

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The Argus, Melbourne, Monday 29th March 1875, page 5.

A very beautiful stained-glass window has just been erected in the Catholic church, Hawthorn. The window consists of five lights below, with ornamental tracery of the decorated Gothic style above. It measures about 23ft. high, and about 11ft. in width. The subject represented is the ascension. In the upper portion of the centre light is the figure of our Saviour, with a halo of glory around his head, and the expression of calm heavenly beauty and majesty in his face admirably delineated. In the two lights on either side are grouped the apostles, rapt in wonder and reverence. Nothing could be finer than the drawing of these figures – there is an easy flow about the garments, and a natural expression on each countenance. Two of the upper tracery lights represent two angels; the one bears a scroll with the words, “Videntibus illis elevatus est,” Acts Ap.,i.9, “He was raised up whilst they were looking on.” The other has the inscription. “Nubes suscepit eum ab oculis eorum,” Acts Ap., i. 9, “A cloud received Him out of their sight.” The window was executed by the celebrated firm of Messrs. Mayer, of Munich, a town which now stands unrivalled in the manufacture of stained glass. It is the noble gift of a lady, and the entire cost including erection is about 250. The altars in the same church, the one in oak and the other in Caen stone, together with the communion rail in oak, are all of exquisite workmanship. They were carved by one of the finest artists in Belgium”.

Note: The information in this article appears to be in conflict with a church article near the entrance which states “…The window was installed in the church in readiness for the opening in October 1869”. The article above appeared in the Argus six years later!

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