Artist/Studio: William Montgomery, Melbourne, Australia, c. 1917.
Location: Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia.
Building: Christ Church Warrnambool.
Memorial: Margaret Jukes (nee McWilliams).
Photos dated: 7th January 2011.
Margaret Jukes (nee McWilliams) married Alfred Meredith Jukes in Melbourne in 1853 and they moved to the Warrnambool area a couple of years later. They had nine children, many of whom died in infancy or as young adults. Her husband Alfred Meredith Jukes (a Solicitor) was admitted to the Cremorne Lunatic Asylum on the 23rd of June 1872 and died two months later on the 13th August 1872 of “disease of the brain”. Six months after Alfred’s death Margaret gave birth to their youngest son at Hopkins River, north of Warrnambool on the 23rd of January 1873. Margaret died on the 27th June 1915 at the age of 82 and a stained glass window depicting “Dorcas” (also known as Tabitha) was unveiled in her memory at the Christ Church in Warrnambool on the 9th of September 1917. The window was created by William Montgomery of Melbourne.
“A beautiful new stained glass memorial window was unveiled at Christ Church at yesterday mornings service by the Rev. T. P. Bennett, in the presence of a large congregation. The window was dedicated to the glory of God and to the memory of the late Mrs. Jukes – one of the foundation members of the church. It was presented by the family of the deceased lady, and the gift is greatly appreciated by the parishioners, not only as a valuable addition to the very fine array of windows which form a most effective architectural feature of the church, but also as a means of perpetuating the memory of one who had been closely associated with the history of the church and who was held in the highest esteem by her numerous friends. The subject of the window is “Dorcas,” and the design is a female figure shielding a little child. The Rev. T. P. Bennett, in unveiling the window, referred to the late Mrs. Jukes’ constant and regular work for the church, and her unselfish and generous efforts in doing good to others. Not only was she one of the foundation members of the church, but for many years she was an active member of the Christ Church Ladies’ Guild, and she had endeared herself to all the members by her kindly disposition and Christian life. The window is the work of Mr. W. Montgomery, of Melbourne and was erected by Mr. W. J. Hartford[?].
“JUKES.- On the 27th June, at her residence, “Willesden,” Victoria-street, Margaret, relict of the late Alfred Meredith Jukes, Solicitor, Warrnambool, aged 82 years.
Private interment. Short service at Christ Church Three p.m. This day”.
“JUKES.- On the 23rd January, at Belvidere, Hopkins River, the wife of the late Alfred Meredith Jukes, solicitor, of a son”.
“INQUESTS. The district coroner (Mr. Candler) held and inquest on the 15th inst., at the Cremorne Private Lunatic Asylum, on the body of Alfred Meredith Jukes, aged 50 years, who was admitted on the 23rd June last, and died on the 13th inst. In accordance with the evidence, a verdict of death from disease of the brain was found”.