24-07-1897: Christ Church, Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia.

Artist/Studio: William Montgomery,Melbourne, c.1897.
Location: Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia.
Building: Christ Church.
Memorial: In honour of the Queen’s reign.
Photos dated: 7th January 2012.

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Bendigo Advertiser, Vic, Friday 9th April 1897, page 4.


“QUEEN’S JUBILEE.- It having been decided to erect a memorial window in the chancel of Christ Church, to commemorate the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria, a very handsome design, prepared by Mr. Montgomery, of Melbourne, has been approved, and will be unveiled on the anniversary of the Queen’s accession by the mayor. The local militia and fire brigade will attend the ceremony.”

The Argus, Melbourne, Saturday 24th July 1897, page 10.

“CASTLEMAINE. A stained-glass window, somewhat unusual in conception, was placed in Christ Church, Castlemaine, in honour of the Queen’s reign, and unveiled by the mayor of the town on Accession Day. The “Subject” of the window is “The Light of the World.” In the centre light Christ is represented shedding light in all directions. This falls, in the left hand light, on the Jewish race, represented by Abraham and David. In the right-hand light the Gentile world, represented by Cornelius, the centurion, and the Ethiopian whom Philip baptized, is shown, also receiving light from Christ. Cornelius is kneeling, in armour, with Roman eagle. &c.; the Ethiopian holding a scroll of Isaiah. Below the figure of Christ, between Jews and Gentiles, is Saul of Tarsus, struck down by the light. In the tracery above Christ is shown as “ruler of the kings of the earth.” A suitable inscription is on the glass below. Mr. Montgomery, of Flinders-street, designed and executed the whole work”.

Related works: 28-02-1902: St Peter’s Church, Fingal, Tasmania, Australia.

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