Artist/Studio: Mayer & co, Munich (main two lights, attributed).
William Montgomery, Melbourne, Australia, c.1901 (upper tracery only).
Location: New Norfolk, Tasmania, Australia.
Building: St Matthews’ Church, New Norfolk.
Memorial: Nancy Hope Schoobridge.
Photos dated: 7th October 2010.
This window is a memorial to a young girl named Nancy Hope Shoobridge, who died at sea in 1898 . Nancy and her mother Lena had departed for England aboard the ‘Ormuz’ for Nancy to visit her grandparents, but she died of Scarlet Fever on the on the 6th April 1898 and her body was committed to sea off the coast of Columbia.
Nancy was the daughter of Robert Wilkins Giblin Shoobridge and his second wife Selina Corumbene Alexander (1854-1924). Nancy’s mother Selina was an English Nurse who came to Tasmania circa 1883 with references from Florence Nightingale. Roberts first wife was Annie Rebecca Crouch 1849-1888, the sister of famous Victorian architect Thomas James Crouch.
Nancy’s body was committed to the sea off the coast of Columbia. Her parents commissioned a stained glass window in her memory to be erected in St Matthew’s Church in New Norfolk. They had the stained glass artist reproduce a picture of Nancy to appear in the window and she can be seen in the background of the Nativity scene (left edge of window). The main two lights are likely to have been executed by Mayer & Co of Munich whilst the upper tracery lights and quatrefoil containing the Dove was executed by William Montgomery of Melbourne (signed) .
In 1910 Robert and Selina erected a hospital in New Norfolk dedicated to the memory of Nancy : – “The hospital owes its existence to the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. R .W. G. Shoobridge, and the circumstances under which it was erected are commemorated by the following inscrîption on a marble tablet affixed to the wall of the entrance-hall: – “This hospital was erected in 1910, and presented to the inhabitants of the district of New Norfolk by Robert and Selina Shoobridge, in memory of their daughter, Nancy Hope. She, being dead yet speaketh.” 
Significant tabloid transcriptions:
“SHOOBRIDGE.- On April 6, on s.s. “Ormuz,” at Colombo, of scarlet fever. Nancy Hope, daughter of R. W. G. and S. Shoobridge, in the 7th year of her age. Buried at sea.”
“The stained-glass window, placed in St. Matthew’s Church, in memory of Miss Nancy Hope Schoobridge, daughter of Mr. R. W. G. Schoobridge, of Valleyvale , is really a work of art. There are two panels, one representing the Birth, the other the Resurrection , of Christ. Mrs. Shoobridge had insured her daughter for a sum, which was to be applied to her higher education. Her death rendered the intention futile, and the parents’ decided to devote the amount to a memorial”.
“TASMANIAN TELEGRAMS (from our own correspondent)
NEW NORFOLK, Friday.
St. Matthew’s Anglican Church was filled this afternoon on the occasion of the unveiling by the Bishop of Tasmania of a stained glass window in memory of the late Miss Nancy Schoobridge, daughter of Mr. R. S. Schoobridge, who died while on a voyage to England. The window was procured from a sum for which the deceased was insured, and which was devoted to this window as a memorial. The Rev. J. Oberlin-Harris read the prayer, and the bishop, after touching reference to the deceased, unveiled the two sections of the window, during the singing of appropriate hymns. The window is a very handsome one, and a great addition to the appearance of the interior of the church”.
“Centenary of St. Matthew’s Church, New Norfolk”
“…The beautiful east window, which has a wonderful depth of perspective rarely seen in stained glass, was erected in memory of Nancy Hope Shoobridge, who died April 6, 1898, aged 7. It was erected by her father, R. W. G. Schoobridge, and was unveiled by the Bishop on July 26, 1901..”
“WAS BIG FRUIT GROWER LATE MR. R. W. G. SHOOBRIDGE”
“The funeral of Mr. Robert Wilkins Giblin Shoobridge took place at the Cornelian Bay cemetery yesterday. Mr. Shoobridge, who was 85 years of age, died at Hobart on Wednesday. Before the funeral a service was held at St. James’ Church, New Town. The first portion was conducted by the rector (Canon Wilson), and the address was delivered by the Bishop of Tasmania (Dr. R. S. Hay). Among those at the funeral were:-Warden G. Matheson, of New Norfolk: representatives of the Government Police Department and the City Council. The late Mr. Shoobridge was engaged in apple growing on a large, scale in the Derwent Valley, and, with several others, was instrumental in beginning the apple export trade to England. At one time he was the largest grower In Tasmania, and had 140 acres of orchard producing 40,000 bushels a year. Mr. Shoobridge was a member of the Road Trust for 35 years, and a member of the New Norfolk Council. He built an up-to-date cottage hospital at New Norfolk, and presented it to the municipality with an endowment of £500”.
“SHOOBRIDGE—CROUCH.—On the 7th instant, by the Rev.John Harcourt, of Launceston, at the residence of the bride’s parents, Ninus Cottage, Hobart Town, Robert Wilkins Giblin, second son of Ebenezer Shoobridge, Esq., of Bushy Park, New Norfolk, to Anne Rebecca, youngest daughter of T. J. Crouch, Esq. No cards.”
Biography: Robert Wilkins Giblin Shoobridge (1847–1936)
 Dr. Bronwyn Hughes – email 2 Sep 2012.
 Gavin Merrington – email 2 Sep 2012.