Artist/Studio: William Montgomery, c.1914.
Location: Stawell, Victoria.
Building: Holy Trinity, Stawell.
Memorial: Emily Julia Davies.
Donor: “Friends and admirers,” from the congregation.
Photos dated: 12 June 2011
“MEMORIAL WINDOW. UNVEILED AT HOLY TRINITY.”
“On Sunday morning, at the service in Holy Trinity Church, the ceremony of unveiling and dedication of the memorial window erected to the memory of the late Mrs. R.Z. Davies, was performed by the Rev. J. H. Dewhurst, vicar of the parish. The good work performed by the late Mrs Davies during her lifetime amongst the poor of the parish, and her devotion to church work year after year was recognised by the parishioners, and when it was decided that in some manner her name should be perpetuated a sum of money was quickly and willingly subscribed by her friends and admirers. It was thought that no more fitting means could be adopted than by placing in the church, as near as possible to the pew occupied by Mrs Davies and family, a stained glass window, serving as a memorial to one who had worked so faithfully and earnestly, and at the same time providing further adornment to the church which she was such a devoted member. An order was therefore placed with Mr. W. Montgomery, of Melbourne, some months ago for the manufacture of the window, and this, when completed, was erected by Mr W. A. Whitford, of Stawell, on the west side of the church, near the rostrum, during last week. The service on Sunday was of an impressive character, many of the deceased lady’s friends of other denominations attending to witness the ceremony of dedication, and to hear once again from the lips of the parish priest of the great work accomplished by Mrs Davies during her lifetime in the parish. Immediately after the second lesson the vicar, standing at the memorial window, addressed the congregation. He said the special significance of such a service was the unveiling of the memorial. Sometimes that was made a function, but he was sure that there was nothing their late beloved sister would desire less than a lot of ceremony, and nothing she would desire more than the dedication of such an adornment to the sacred building. He would therefore dispense with any ceremonial. The veil was then removed and the window displayed to view. The vicar said he had personally chosen the design, and had selected it that the characters shown by the artist might be representative of the work done by the late Mrs Davies. One of the characters, Dorcas, was the biblical representative of one who was full of charitable work, while the child standing before her, would remind them of their beloved sister’s connection with the Ministering Children’s League, for which she had laboured so assidiously [sic]. The other character, Lydia, who was the first Christian woman in Europe, was also a suitable emblem, as Mrs Davies was one of the most devoted church workers. He remembered being in Stawell during the Rev. Kirkland’s ministrations, and she was then as she was up to the time of her death, an example worthy to be emulated, in her constant attendance at Divine worship. He had made the inscription as simple as possible, and it read thus: “To the glory of God, and in memory of Emily Julia Davies, died May 22nd, 1914.” In conclusion the vicar said it was her regular attendance at divine worship, and her deep spirit of piety that governed her life, and he hoped that he would be able to stand before God on the last day as he believed that Emily Julia Davies did. “She hath done what she could.”
Other Trove articles: The Ballarat Star, Vic, Tuesday 8th December 1914, page 8.
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