1920: St Stephen’s Anglican, Mount Waverley, Vic.

Artist/Studio: William Montgomery, Melbourne, c.1920.
Location: Mount Waverley, Victoria.
Building: St Stephen’s Anglican Church (old 1865 building).
Memorial: WW1 Parish Servicemen.
Photos dated: 3rd February 2013.

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“AN Honour Roll was first mooted by the Vestry in April 1919. It was discussed and deferred several times. The Methodist Trustees of Mt. Waverley asked for a conference with St. Stephen’s Vestrymen over the names for their Honor Roll. This came about and “amicable arrangements were arrived at regarding the names of men who enlisted for active service.” Then after church on July 25, 1920, a meeting of Vestry and parishioners chose, from the three submitted, the Memorial Window design by Mr. W. Montgomery. The price quoted was 105 guineas. Mr. Montgomery accepted the contract, and offered a donation of £5 towards the cost. On advice from Archdeacon Hindley, it was decided that the soldiers’ names, without their rank, would be more fitting. A house-to-house canvass was undertaken by the Vestry to secure donations for the memorial window and Mr. Alcock states that the total amount was given within one week. “I had the area from my place back to Highbury Road,” Mr. Alcock relates, “and I collected £25 in one afternoon.” The beautiful window has three panels, the centre featuring St. Stephen. The left bears the names of the men of the parish who gave their lives, J. Alcock, B. Atkinson, F. T. Bennett, E. Cornell, W. R. Doolan and S. E. Hore. The right panel bears the names of those who served, K. C. Bennington, C. Cornell. L. R. Duntz, H. R. Hore, W. Munyard, R. B. Smith, J. J. Turner and Bruce Pearce.”[1]

The memorial text at the base reads:

“TO THE GLORY OF GOD & IN HONOUR OF THE MEN OF ST STEPHEN’S CHURCH MOUNT WAVERLEY WHO SERVED & SOME OF WHOM MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE DURING THE GREAT WAR 1914-1919 PRO DEO PRO ECCLESIA PRO PATRIA.”[2]

Foot notes:

[1] Sturrock, Morna (1965). “They continued steadfastly”: a record of 100 years of St. Stephen’s Church of England, Mount Waverley, 1865-1965. St. Stephens’s Church of England, Mount Waverley, Vic.

[2] Pro Deo Pro Ecclesia Pro Patria (“For God, For Church, For Country”)

 

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