Artist/Studio: William Montgomery, Melbourne, Australia, c. 1917.
Location: Williamstown, Victoria, Australia.
Building: Holy Trinity.
Memorial: Miss Margaret (Madge) Hall
Photos dated: 5th November 2011.
“MEMORIAL WINDOW UNVEILED AT HOLY TRINITY CHURCH. A very impressive and interesting church service took place at Holy Trinity Church on Sunday afternoon last, when the Rev. Archdeacon Hayman officiated at the unveiling of a stained glass window, erected by the parishioners to commemorate the services rendered to the church by the late Miss Margaret (Madge) Hall, who for a period extending over 25 years had been an active church worker. The window, which is a splendid work of art, represents Timothy receiving instruction at his mothers knee, and is a very appropriate subject, as the interest which the late Miss Hall at all times evinced in imparting knowledge to the young in connection with the Sunday School work was an outstanding characteristic. In addition, she was a leading member of the choir for many years, and this fact was reflected to a large extent by the full attendance of the members of the choir on Sunday last and the earnest manner in which the various items were rendered, which consisted principally of anthems and hymns which were the deceased lady’s favorite numbers. Miss Hall was also an associate of the Girls’ Friendly Society, over which she exercised a controlling influence for its good. In fact she was to the front in all matters operating for the good of the church and humanity. The Archdeacon dwelt at consider able length on the many good qualities of Miss Hall and the lessons which might be learnt from her life, referring particularly to her unremitting energy in work for the benefit of her fellow creature’. His fitting remarks were listened to in rapt attention by the large congregation. In conclusion the Archdeacon made reference to the credit due to the ladies who had taken the leading part in bringing to a successful issue the movement which formed the principal item in the after noon’s ceremony. The ladies particularly referred to were Mrs Hampshire and Miss Roberts.”
Only the left light of this pair of windows was created and dedicated to Madge Hall in 1917. The later Hampshire memorial window dates from circa 1923 or later.
The depictions and memorial inscriptions on the window(s) are:
“She opened her mouth with wisdom” (Proverbs 31-26).
“TO THE GLORY OF GOD & IN MEMORY OF MARGARET HALL. A FAITHFUL WORKER OF THIS CHURCH. DIED MAY 14th 1915.”
“Let me glean after Him in whose sight I shall find grace – Ruth 11.12” (< there is conjecture as this this exact reference).
“TO THE GLORY OF GOD & IN MEMORY OF LYDIA MARGARET HAMPSHIRE. DIED 10th FEB 1923.”
“HALL.- On the 14th May, at her residence, 2 Laverton street, Williamstown, Madge, dearly loved sister of Mollie, Mrs. C. J. Harrison, and Mrs. c. Whitehead.”
“HAMPSHIRE.-On the 10th February, at her residence, 144 Melbourne road, Williamstown, Lydia Margaret, dearly loved wife of Enoch Hampshire, aged 53 years. “She waits the dawn.”
(Private internment, Williamstown Cemetery, 12th February.)