1908: St Patrick’s Catholic Church, Kilmore, Victoria.

Artist/Studio: William Montgomery, c.1908 (signed).
Location: Kilmore, Victoria.
Building: St Patrick’s, Catholic Church, Kilmore.
Memorial: Rev Michael Farrelly (c.1822-1906).
Donor: Public Subscription.
Photos dated: 14th Dec 2013.

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Kilmore Free Press, Vic, Thursday 10th December 1908, page 3.

“Memorial to the late Very Rev. Father Farrelly.

On Sunday last a memorial window erected in St. Patrick’s Church, Kilmore, to the memory of the late Very Rev. Father Farrelly, V.F., PP., was unveiled by Dean Phelan, of St. Patrick’s, Melbourne, after 11 o’clock Mass…”

“..The window he was to unveil would serve to keep in memory the man who had gone before; a man who had followed the example of the Good Shepherd. The memorial window was obtained by public subscription…”

“..The window was then unveiled, it being viewed by the whole congregation prior to leaving the church. The memorial window, which has been erected over the St. Joseph’s altar, was executed by Mr. W. Montgomery, of Alfred place, Melbourne. It is of stained glass, very handsome in design, is wholly Australian in design and workmanship, and reflects the greatest credit upon Australian art work. The cost of the window was £85.”

The Advertiser, Adelaide, SA, Saturday 12th December 1908, page 7.

“The unveiling of a stained-glass window at St. Patrick’s Church, Kilmore, Victoria, to the memory of the late Very Rev. Father Farrelly, who was parish priest at Kilmore for nearly 40 years, took place on Sunday, after 11 o’clock mass. The ceremony was performed by Dean Phelan, in the presence of a large congregation. Other denominations being well represented. The subject of the window is “Christ Teaching in the Temple.”

The Broadford Courier, Vic, Friday 26th October 1906, page 2.


Father Farrelly, the father of the Roman Catholic Church at Kilmore, died last Friday and was buried on Monday in the Kilmore cemetery. The body was lying in the chapel and on Sunday special mass service were held. Many old residents in this district apart from the Roman Catholic faith remember the deceased gentleman for his many noble qualities. He was highly esteemed by all, and was ever ready to render willing assistance to all crowds of religion, and we feel sure that many will carry with them vivid recollections of his kindly generosity throughout the latter days of lifes toil. Father Farrelly was ordained in the year 1857 and since then his life work has been one great strain. Deceased was about 84 years of age.
The Kilmore “Free Press” says:-
“The Rev. Father Farrelly was born in County Cavan, Ireland, in the diocese of Kilmore, and came to this country about 65 years ago, being 84 years at the time of death. For some time he was engaged in tuition, one of his early pupils being our old friend, Mr. James Ahearn, of Sugarloaf, and was one of the first students who matriculated at the Melbourne University, passing with honors in mathematics. He was a priest for about half a century being ordained in 1857, by the late Archbishop Goold; the early portion of his labour on the mission field being in Geelong and Western districts, but he had been permanently located in Kilmore since 1871 having come there from Hamilton. He was a most high minded liberal Christian minister, and being full of anecdote and humour – was a most pleasant companion, being most popular and respected not merely by those of his own creed but by all classes with whom he came in contact.”

Advocate, Melbourne, Vic, Saturday 14th November 1908, page 21.


Mr. W. Montgomery, artist in stained glass, of Alfred-place, off Collins-street, has just executed a fine window to be erected in St. Joseph’s Chapel  of St. Patrick’s Church, Kilmore, in memory of the late rev. M. Farrelly. The parishioners are erecting this fine work of art, which will form a conspicuous ornament to the church. The movement had the hearty support of the Rev. L. Martin, P.P. At the foot in scroll form is the inscription, “Rev. M. Farrelly. R.I.P.” This fine work of art will be unveiled by the Very rev. Dean Phelan, V. G., on Sunday, 6th December.”


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