Artist/Studio: Smyrk & Rogers, Melbourne, c.1888.
Location: North Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Building: St Mary’s Anglican Church, Queensberry Street,
Memorial: Marley, Thorpe, Littlejohn.
Photos dated: 12th December 2010.
A LIBERAL CONGREGATION.
Owing to the generous spirit of certain members of St. Mary’s, Queensberry street, the interior of the church will shortly be the most handsome in North Melbourne as there will hardly be left a square inch of unstained glass. Some time ago the chancel window was filled with coloured glass as our readers were notified of in these columns, and now the windows in the north and south aisles have been embellished in a similar manner by Mrs. Elizabeth Marley in remembrance of her husband, Mr. John Marley, who died on the 5th September, 1887. There are six windows altogether (three on a side) and the stained glass in them is of a subdued and rich tint, and has in it the opening sentence is the Anglican office for the burial of the dead, distributed as follows:-No. 1 window, “I am the Resurrection and the Life;” No. 2. “He that believeth in me,” No. 3. “Though he were dead,” No. 4. “Yet shall he Live.” No.5. “And whatsoever Liveth and Believeth on Me,” No. 6. “Shall never die.” The clerestory windows, also six in number, are to be similarly treated, six to be stained at the expense of Miss Haines, in memory of Miss Fanny Thorpe; and six by Mr. Littlejohn, in memory of his mother. The work so far of placing stained windows in the church has been entrusted to Messrs. Smyrk and Rogers, of Little Collins street East and the result has been most satisfactory. An elaborately carved altar cross has been added to the fittings of the sanctuary, and there is abundant evidence that the people of St. Mary’s are showing their zeal by beautifying the building in which they assemble together for prayer and praise.
The six wheel windows in the clerestory alternate in only two deigns. One shows the gold crown and the other, the fleur–de–lys.
In 1868 it was reported that the Ferguson & Urie stained glass company had “prepared” the design for the five light east window of St Mary’s and a detailed description of its intended biblical depictions was reported in the Argus of 31 Aug 1868. This never eventuated and although the Ferguson & Urie main workshops were only a few hundred meters from the church, they were not selected to produce any windows for St Mary’s and the firm Smyrk & Rogers would eventually produced the majority of the stained glass for the church.
Herbert Morsbury [Moesbury, Mosebury] Smyrk officially dissolved his partnership with Charles Rogers as “Smyrk & Rogers” on the 14th September 1888 which is about a month and a half before the article about the windows published on the 27th Oct 1888..