22-10-1887: St Stephen’s Catholic Cathedral, Brisbane, Queensland.

Artist/Studio: F. X. Zettler, Munich, Germany. c. 1887.
Location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
Building: St Stephen’s Cathedral, Brisbane.
Memorial: Bishop O’Quinn, W. Keating.
Photos dated: 1st March 2011.

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The Brisbane Courier, QLD, Saturday 22nd October 1887, page 6.

“…The Other benefactions to the cathedral, which have just reached their destination, are three stained glass windows, from the Royal Bavarian Stained Glass Art Institute of Franz Xavier Zettler, Munich. One, erected by Miss F. H. O’Reilly to the memory of the late Bishop O’Quinn, is a picture of the Sacred Heart of Christ, the Blessed Virgin being on one side and St. Joseph on the other. The monograms Alpha-Omega and I.H.S. appear above, and beneath a carpeting of of foliage and flowers. The second window, a memorial to the late Mr. W. Keating, presented by his widow, and also by the same firm, is a representation of the Gospel scene of the resurrection of Lazarus. This appears to us to be the finest window in the Cathedral. The sweet majesty of the Redeemer, the beseeching looks of Martha and Mary, the ministering disciples and astonished spectators are here expressed by the touches of a master hand. The last of these recent contributions to the ornamentation of St. Stephen’s consists of three medallions, likewise from Herr Zettler’s Institute, which grace the openings over the northern door. In the uppermost medallion Christ appears as the Lamb with the Cross, and in the lower two are the Virgin and the Child, and St. John the Evangelist, the latter holding a chalice from which a serpent comes forth, as the tradition has it, at his blessing. Mr. F. Ibbler, of this city, is, we understand the local agent of Herr Zettler’s Institute, and is to be credited with the very successful fixing of these three beautiful windows. We understand that Archbishop Dunne will bless the new altar at 11 o’clock to-morrow.”


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