Artist/Studio: William Montgomery, Melbourne, Australia, c. 1905.
Location: Launceston, Tasmania, Australia.
Building: Church of the Apostles, Launceston.
Memorial: Mary Bourke.
Photos dated: 11th October 2010 & 12th August 2012.
“CHURCH OF HE APOSTLES.
SOME VALUABLE GIFTS”.
“Four beautiful stained glass windows have just been placed in the east transept of the Church of the Apostles, Margaret-street, by a well-known Launceston family, to the memory of their deceased mother, who, for many years, worshipped in that church. The windows measure each 6ft. 6in, by 2ft., and each pair of windows is surmounted by a small ornamental light, 22in., by 14in. The large windows must be taken in pairs, because each two make up a separate picture. One picture represents the Holy Family in the stable at Bethlehem, and the magi in adoration of the infant Saviour, offering Him their typical gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. These windows bear the scripture text, “They found the Child with Mary, His mother, and kneeling down, they adored Him.” The other pair of windows represent a convent chapel, with candles lighted upon the altar, and the vision of the Redeemer St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, a French nun, in the seventeenth century, when the Catholic devotion to the Heart of Christ began to be widely practised. On these windows is the prayer, “Heart of Jesus, refuge of sinners, have mercy on us.” Across the four windows runs the inscription. “These windows are erected to the memory of Mary Bourke, by her children. Of your charity, pray for the repose of her soul.” The two small lights bear in each the representation of a heart. The subjects in the large windows are treated with artistic grace and skill, and with marked devotional effect. The windows were manufactured by Mr. W. Montgomery, artist in glass, of Alfred-place, Collins-street East, Melbourne, upon whom they reflect credit. It is not so many years ago that such work could not be done in Australia. Many of the church windows up and down Australia have been supplied by a well known Birmingham house. The Church of he Apostles has been particularly fortunate in having numerous valuable gifts made to it during the rectorship of the Right Rev. Monsignor Beechinor, some of them being personal gifts to himself. The presents made to the church, before these windows in the east transept, have amounted in value to £700. The east transept now becomes a Chapel of St. Joseph, by the erection of an altar, upon which will be placed a large statue of the fosterfather of Christ, which is a recent gift to the church. The new altar and statue and the new stained glass windows will be formally opened at an early date.”