23-09-1924: St Paul’s Catholic Church, Mount Gambier, South Australia.

Artist/Studio: F. X. Zettler, Munich, Germany, c.1924.
Location: Mount Gambier, South Australia.
Building: St Paul’s Catholic Church.
Memorial: Ryan, Molony and Spain
Photos dated: 8th January 2011.

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Border Watch, Mount Gambier, SA, Tuesday 23rd September 1924, page 4.



To perpetuate the memory of the late Monsignor M. J. Ryan, who for 39 years was in charge of the Catholic parish at Mount Gambier, and who died in 1922, the Catholic people of the town and district have erected a beautiful stained glass window in the western end of St. Paul’s Church. The blessing of this and two other stained glass windows, presented by Mrs. B. Spain and Mrs. Ellen Molony and family, in memory of their relations, took place on Sunday afternoon in the presence of a large congregation. The ceremony was performed by the Very Rev. Monsignor Hourigan, of Goodwood.[…]”

“[…] The window erected by the congregation in the western end of the church, the subject of which is a pictorial representation of Our Lord’s Ascension, is really a masterpiece, and is a distinct triumph for the glassworkers’ art. Colours blending with pleasing harmony and the design treated with delightful artistry make a glorious picture. On the south side of the church the window erected in memory of the husband and father by Mrs. Ellen Molony, is a representation of “The Agony in the Garden,” On the north side, Mrs. B. Spain has placed a window in memory of her husband, the late John Spain, and P. St. Clair Spain, both deceased. The subject dealt with is “The Revelation.”   Both these windows are in keeping with the excellence of the first named. The windows are of German workmanship, having been made in Munich, the artist being F. Zettler, and imported and erected by Mr. M. S. Duigan”.


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