1887: St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral Sale, Gippsland, Victoria.

Artist/Studio: William Montgomery, Melbourne, c.1887.
Location: Sale, Gippsland, Victoria.
Building: St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral.
Memorial: Menie Peck.
Photos dated: 23rd April 2011.
Short link: http://wp.me/p2yCYO-wV

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In late 1887 a stained glass window was erected to the memory of Menie Peck (nee Campbell) [1820-1887] in St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral at Sale, Gippsland, Victoria.

The window was created by the stained glass craftsman William Montgomery of Melbourne and a tarnished brass plate beneath the window contains the dedication:

“IN LOVING MEMORY OF MENIE PECK, WIDOW OF Ff. M. PECK, DIED 28 JUNE 1887 AGED 67 YEARS. THIS WINDOW IS ERECTED BY HER MANY FRIENDS.”

The main figure in this window is Christ depicted as The Good Shepherd with the text below “I AM THE GOOD SHEPHERD.” The panel below Christ depicts the charity of Dorcas (also known as Tabitha) handing coins to the poor. Below is the text “SHE STRETCHETH OUT HER HAND TO THE POOR” (described in Proverbs 31:20).

The window is erected in the liturgical east end of the church and is the right light of a set of three cusp headed lancets that comprise the three light chancel window of the Cathedral.

All three lights in the east window were made at different times over a twenty year period by two different Melbourne stained glass studios. In 1867 the centre window was created by the Ferguson & Urie stained glass company of Melbourne and was erected in the original church in Raymond Street Sale to the memory of Menie’s husband, Dr. Ffloyd Minter Peck (1818-1861). In 1886 the left light was created by Ferguson & Urie to the memory of Edward Crooke (1810-1873).

Significant transcriptions:

Gippsland Times, Vic, Thursday 4th November 1937, page 1.

“FIFTY YEARS AGO”

“From the ‘Gippsland Times’ Wednesday, November 2, 1887…”

“…A very neat and chaste marble tablet has been erected in St. Paul’s Church to the memory of the late Mrs. F. M. Peck. The stained glass window which is being prepared Mr. Montgomery, of Melbourne, is also to Mrs. Peck’s memory. It will be placed in the church before Christmas.”

The Argus, Melbourne, Vic, Wednesday 22nd August 1860, page 4.

Marriages:

“On the 15th inst., at Clyde Bank, Gipps Land, by the Rev. W. S. Login, Ffloyd Minter Peck, M.D., of Sale, formerly of Newmarket, England, to Mini [sic], daughter of Duncan Campbell, Esq., of Rockside, Islay, Argileshire, Scotland.”

Gippsland Times, Vic, Wednesday 29th June 1887, page 3.

“PECK.- On the 28th instant, at her residence, Islay Cottage, Cunninghame-street, Sale, Menie, widow of the late Flloyd Minter Peck, surgeon, aged 67 years.”

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