1889: All Saint’s Anglican Church, St Kilda, Victoria

Artist/Studio: Oidtmann & Co, Brüssels, 1889.
Location: St Kilda, Victoria.
Building: All Saints Anglican Church.
Lauchlan Mackinnon and others.
Donor: Mr & Mrs.
Lauchlan Charles Mackinnon (one pair not specified).
Photos dated: 3rd April 2011.

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The Australasian, Melbourne, Vic, Saturday 15th June 1889, page 32.


The windows of All Saints’ Church, St. Kilda, present an illuminated history of the more remarkable of the events of the New Testament, and apart from their instructive and decorative uses, they serve to temper and soften the otherwise strong radiance which pours through them during at least eight months of the year, and to shed that “dim religious light” which the ecclesiastical architects of the middle ages, and those under whose direction they worked, regarded as auxiliary to devotion. Of the six which have been recently added, all of them executed by the firm of Oidtmann and Co., of Brussels, four have been placed in the north aisle, and the incidents they portray are the Visitation; Christ holding discourse with Mary, while Martha is busy in the background with the household affairs; the Annunciation, with the dove descending on the head of the Virgin; and Christ surrounded by little children. In the opposite aisle are two memorial windows, one of which has been placed there as a tribute of affection to the late Mr. Lauchlan Mackinnon, one of the proprietors of The Argus, by Mr. and Mrs. L. C. Mackinnon. The subject of the first is St. John in Patmos, to whom one of the seven angels, with a golden reed in his hand, is showing the vision of the new Jerusalem, coming down out of Heaven. The second represents the raising of Lazarus, in the presence of Mary and Martha, and one of the disciples. Each composition is simple in arrangement, skilful in drawing, and rich in colour; and the artist has succeeded in communicating to the faces a refined religious sentiment in harmony with the spiritual subjects he has been called upon to treat. The figures occupy a sort of panel, surrounded by a jeweled border, the rest of the windows being filled in with a combination of geometrical designs and of flowers conventionally treated, the general effect being one of sober brilliancy.”

Scottish born Lauchlane Mackinon migrated to Van Diemen’s Land in 1838 and then moved to Sydney where he followed pastoral pursuits. By 1848 he was a member of the New South Wales Legislative Council and circa 1852 partnered Edward Wilson as proprietor of “The Argus” newspaper until retiring to England in 1868. His cousin, Lauchlan Charles Mackinnon (knighted in 1916), took over as his successor in ‘The Argus’. Lauchlan Charles McKinnon and his second wife, Lady Emily (nee Bundock) are credited with the donation of one of the two light stained glass windows in All Saints Anglican Church in St Kilda to the memory of his cousin. Exactly which of the Oidtmann stained glass windows they donated is not known but all are shown in the image slideshow.


Also see earlier Van Der Poorten, Brussels,  stained glass erected in All Saints c.1881: 26-07-1881: All Saints, St Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

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1916: St Stephen’s Anglican Church, Belmont, Victoria

Artist/Studio: William Montgomery. c.1917 (signed at base of centre light).
Location: Belmont, Victoria.
Building: St Stephen’s Anglican Church.
Memorials to WW1 soldiers:
♦ Brothers Pte H. M. Lennox and Cpl R. T. Lennox (left light).
♦ Sgt Clifton Riversdale Grenfell (centre light).
♦ Pte E. W. Davis and Sgt C. F. Arnold (right light).
Donors: Parishioners & Friends.
Photos dated: 23rd January 2014.

The triple light window at St Stephen’s Anglican Church is a memorial to five of the soldiers of the parish who paid the supreme sacrifice during World War One. Each of the three panels were created by stained glass artist William Montgomery (1850-1927).

The original wooden church that hosted the windows was opened on the 1st November 1906. The foundation stone of the current building was laid on the 25th October  1958 on the corner of Regent and Thomson Streets at Belmont and it was dedicated 24th May 1959. After a considerable time in storage, the historic stained glass windows by Montgomery were re-erected in the current building at the liturgical west end.

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The soldiers remembered in the windows:

Pte. Harold Marshall Lennox who was killed in France, November 1916 (service No: 2684. Joined 18/01/1916). His mother Mary Louise signed the consent form for his enlistment on 05/01/1916. His brother, Cpl Robert Thomas Lennox also enlisted and was  killed in France August 1916 (service No: 997, enlisted 08/09/1914). Their mother brought them up alone, their father having left them when they were young boys.

Sgt Clifton Riversdale Grenfell was killed at Gallipoli, August 1915 (service No: 381). Born in South Australia and joined 15th Sept 1914.

Pte Ewart William Davis was killed at Gallipoli October 1915. (Service No: 500). He was born in London, Joined 06/03/1915 and killed at Gallipoli 17/10/1915.

Sgt Charles Francis Arnold M.M. was killed in France October 1917. (Service No: 2846). Joined 08/08/1915. Awarded the Military Medal for his actions on the 24th July 1917.

“…No.2846 Sgt C. F. Arnold immediately dismounted the gun and mounted it in an auxiliary pit maintaining it in action. This N.C.O. by his splendid example, initiative and coolness inspired his detachment to maintain an effective fire…”

Tabloid transcriptions:

Geelong Advertiser, Vic, Monday 26th June 1916, page 3.


The beautiful colored memorial window placed in the chancel of St. Stephen’s Church of England, Belmont, by the parishioners and friends of the late Sergt. Cliff. R. Grenfell, 8th Light Horse, A.I.F., was unveiled on Sunday afternoon. The Rev. R. H. B. Williams, who, by request, officiated, took his text from Joshua, 4th chapter, 6-7 verses. He said they were met to do honor to one who, on his last Sunday, took part in the service of his church, also that future generations may have a fitting memorial of one who gave his life as a sacrifice. It would be a reminder to others that sacrifices had to be made, even as Christ sacrificed Himself for us, and it was fitting that the first memorial window to a fallen soldier should be a picture of the Saviour. The inscription on the scroll in the window reads; “In memory of Sergt. C. R. Grenfell, killed in action, Gallipoli, August, 1915.” Suitable hymns were sung during the service, and the National Anthem at the close. The committee elected to arrange for the arranging of the window were Misses. Adams, Edney and Mrs. Johnstone and Messrs. E. Phillips, H. R. Taylor, with Rev. H. Williams and Mr. R. Phillips ex officio.”

Talbot Leader, Vic, Saturday 8th July 1916, page 2.

“Mr and Mrs R. H. Grenfell, of Belmont, have received a valued recognition of the fine work done at Gallipoli by their son, the late Sergeant Cliff Grenfell. The letter reads as follows:- “War Office, Whitehall, S. W., 10th April, 1916. Sir, – I have it in command from His Majesty the King to inform you, as next of kin of the late Sergeant Clifton Grenfell… that this non-commissioned officer was mentioned in a despatch from General Sir Ian Hamilton, dated 22nd September 1915…for gallent [sic] and distinguished service in the field. I am to express to you the King’s high appreciation of these services and to add that His Majesty trusts that their public acknowledgement may be of some consolation in your bereavement. I have the honor to be, your obedient servant, M. D. Graham, Lieut.-Col., Assistant Military Secretary.” On Sunday afternoon, 25th ult., a beautiful stained glass memorial window, placed in the chancel of St. Stephen’s Church, Belmont, by the parishioner and friends of the late Sergeant Cliff. Grenfell, 8th Light Horse A.I.F., who was killed in the famous charge at Lone Pine, was unveiled, the church being crowded. The inscription on the scroll in the window reads:- “In memory of Sergt. C. R. Grenfell, killed in action Gallipoli, August, 1915.” Mr R. H. Grenfell was a former head teacher of the Dunach State school.”

Geelong Advertiser, Vic, Wednesday 9th August 1916, page 5.



“At St. Stephen’s Church on Sunday morning a large number assembled to witness te unveiling of an enlarged photo of the late Pte. Ewart W. Davis. The inscription was: “Pte. Ewart W. Davis, 22nd Battalion Infantry, A.I.F., killed in action, Gallipoli, October 17th, 1915. For King and Country. Also served 18 months at Boer War. Presented to St. Stephen’s by parishioners and friends, 1916.” The Rev. G. W. Ratten conducted the service, which was most impressive. There were special prayers on the occasion of the second anniversary of the war. He took his text from “Greater love hath no man that this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” After speaking of the message of the Church at this time – thankfulness, penitence, courage, fortitude and prayer – he shewed the difference between a strong and a weak religion in the hour of trial. Belgium in her poverty to-day was far greater than Belgium rich with the rubber trade from Congo, for she stood pure in soul, untarnished in fame. She had lost her wealth, but had found her soul. There was a new France in the world to-day. In Russia, at the touch of the purging fire a great soul breathed. In a week vodka was flung aside. In comforting those who mourned the loss of their sons and brothers at the Front. He told them to hold on with both hands to this thought – that the boys had died in the most glorious cause. Their dear ones had died that Christian principles might dominate the world instead of the pagan doctrine that might is right. The late Pte. Davis was valued by his comrades for his quiet, stirling and manly character. He was one of the most cheerful and soldierly men in the ranks. He met his death at the port of duty on guard – a soldier’s death – by a stray bullet from the Turkish trenches just at dawn, having safely got through the night’s heavy firing. Heroes all! We leave them in our Heavenly Father’s keeping. After the address the Rev. Ratten unveiled the photo and dedicated it to the glory of God and in memory of his servant, Pte. Davis. The plate will be placed in the Parish Hall alongside the late Sergt. C. Grenfell’s. The organist, Miss Grenfell, played the “Dead march” in Saul.”

Geelong Advertiser, Vic, Thursday 8th February 1917, page 2.


The picnic in connection with St. Stephen’s Sunday School will take place on Saturday afternoon at Queenscliff. A special carriage will be provided at South Geelong. At St. Stephen’s Church on Sunday evening a memorial service was held in honor of Private H. M. Lennox who fell in November, 1916. The Rev. G. W. Ratten delivered an address on “Sacrifice” asking all to put aside worldly ends of personal gain, prejudices of class, party feeling, small and paltry things, to dedicate their aims to the glory of God and the service of their country. Pte. Lennox was a member of the Sunday School Bible class, and gained the first prize, a Bible, not long before he enlisted. He had kept in close touch with his teacher and the Sunday School when at the Front. An enlarged photo was then unveiled, inscribed “Pte. H. M. Lennox, 29th Battalion, killed in action in France, November 2nd, 1916. For God, King and Country. Presented to St. Stephen’s by parishioners and friends.” The organist, Miss Grenfell, then played the “Dead March: in saul. This is the third soldier who has fallen from this church, the others being Sergt. C. R. Grenfell and Pte. E. W. Davis.”


Geelong Advertiser, Vic, Tuesday 19th June 1917, page 4.


The vicar (Rev G. W. Ratten) in a rather trying ordeal on Sunday in having to officiate at two memorial services at S. Stephen’s, There were good attendances at each, especially in the evening. The pretty little church was tastefully draped in mourning by Mrs. J. Larcombe, and the church flag bearing evidence of it in honor and in loving memory of the late Cpl. R. T. Lennox, who was killed in France on July 19th, 1916. He was the first to enlist from Belmont, and he and his brother have given their lives for King and Empire. This constitutes the fourth hero who has sacrificed his life in connection with this church. Cpl. Lennox was employed in the local P.O., at the age of 14, and remained in that position for about six years. He was a member of the Bible Class in connection with the Sunday school until his enlistment was confirmed at St. Wilfrid’s, Mount Duneed; a regular communicant and bore a splendid character. His teacher informed the vicar that he was “a grand lad, brave, faithful and true, one of the best; it was a privilege to have been his teacher.” He has been missing since last July, and this anxiety has been a great strain to his parents. The preacher took his text from “Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends.” They should be proud of their hero, who had died for the freedom of the world, for national honor; in fact, for the most glorious cause for which a man has ever lived. He wished to convey to the mourners his heart felt sympathy in their sad loss, but they must remember that he had died at his post of duty; that honor is more precious than life; that “a crowded hour of glorious life is worth an age without a name.” Never while the British Empire shall last can we forget these glorious sons and brothers who have given their lives so bravely for the flag that binds us all together. The very impressive service was concluded by the singing of the hymn “For All the Saints Whom From Their Labor Rest.” and by the congregation standing while the “Dead March” was played by Miss A. Biggs. The second service was held to pay tribute of respect and loving memory to one who for the past five years had been a regular worshipper up to the time of his illness – the late Thos. Calvert. There was a large number of mourners present. Deceased’s favorite hymns were sung impressively, “Nearer, My God, to Thee.” “Rock of Ages,”Jesu, Lover of My Soul.” The vicar took for his text “Thy will be done,” and spoke of comfort to the bereaved; their dear one had gone home after his pilgrimage to “light after darkness, crown instead of cross.” Miss Hunt officiated at the organ. The vicar read Tennyson’s “Crossing the bar” during the address.”

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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:


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”)


1917: Christ Church Anglican, Hawthorn, Victoria.

Artist/Studio: Brooks, Robinson & Co, Melbourne, Victoria, c. 1917.
Location: Hawthorn, Victoria.
Building: Christ Church, Hawthorn.
Memorial: Maj Geoffrey Gordon McCrae.
Photos dated: 14th Nov 2010

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Geoffrey Gordon McCrae born in Hawthorn on 1st Jan 1890 to George Gordon McCrae & Helen Augusta Brown. He was the rank of Major when he was killed in action at Fromelles on the 19th July 1916.


Major Geoffrey Gordon McCrae, 60th Infantry Battalion, Killed in Action, Fromelles, France, 19 July 1916, aged 26 years. (AWM Image)

The Argus, Melbourne, Tuesday 27th March 1917, page 8.

“A stained glass window was unveiled on Sunday evening at Christ Church, Hawthorn, by Brigadier-General Burston. The service was conducted by the Rev. W. W. Laidlay, and the vicar gave a short address. The window is erected by his family to the memory of Major Geoffrey Gordon McCrea [sic], of the 60th Battalion, who died in battle in July last year near Armentieres, in France, and who was formerly a resident of the parish”.

The Ballarat Courier, Vic, Tuesday 20th March 1917, page 1.

“A stained glass window to the memory of Mjr Geoffrey McCrae will be unveiled on Sunday next in the nave of Christ Church, Hawthorn, by Brig-Gen Burston. Mr McCrae was the son of Mr McCrae, veteran poet, of Creswick street, Hawthorn.

Australian War Memorial; record 1DRL/0427 http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/1DRL/0427/, retrieved 31 Oct 2014.

“Geoffrey Gordon (Geoff) McCrae was born in 1890 at Lower Hawthorn, Victoria. McCrae was an architect and serving as a Captain in the militia with the 58th Infantry Regiment (The Essendon Rifles) when he enlisted in the AIF in August 1914 at Hawthorn, Victoria. He was twice wounded on Gallipoli while serving with 7 Battalion. In 1916, at the express wish of his former battalion commander, Brigadier General H E ‘Pompey’ Elliott, he was transferred to 60 Battalion, promoted to Major and appointed temporary commander of the unit He was twenty-six years old when he was killed in action on the evening of 19 July 1916 during the Battle of Fromelles. McCrae was posthumously mentioned in Despatches and is buried at Rue-Du-Bois Military Cemetery, Fleurbaix, France. He is commemorated by a stained glass window in Christ Church, Hawthorn, Victoria”.

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1889: St John’s Anglican Church, Heidelberg, Victoria.

Artist/Studio: Brooks, Robinson & Co, c.1889.
Location: Heidelberg, Victoria.
Building: St John’s Church, Heidelberg.
Memorial: David Charteris McArthur.
Donor: His widow.
Photos dated: 20th June 2013.

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Mercury and Weekly Courier, Vic, Thursday 12th September 1889, page 3.

“On Sunday morning last a larger congregation than usual assembled in St. John’s Church, Heidelberg, on the occasion [sic] of the unveiling of the memorial window to the late D. C. McArthur, Esq., J.P. Morning prayer having been said by the Rev. A. J. Pickering, the incumbent of the parish, the sermon was preached by the Rev. Charles T. Perks, incumbent of St. Stephen’s, Richmond, and Rural Dean of Melbourne East, who took for his text, Hebrew iii. 4. In his opening remarks he referred to the state of the road between Melbourne and Heidelberg, and the appearance of the surrounding country forty years ago, the time when he first became acquainted with Mr. McArthur and to the great changes for the better, in many respects, that had since been affected by the agency of man. He also spoke of the character of Mr. McArthur, which was marked by uprightness and kindness, and that he was one who had taken and active part in everything that concerned the best interests of the district, that while he was glad to have been invited to take part in the service on the present occasion, he thought it fitting that another still older friend of Mr. Macarthur’s, whom he was glad to see in the church, should be asked to perform the ceremony of unveiling. At the conclusion of the service the rev. A. J. Pickering left the sanctuary, and requested the Hon. James Graham to unveil the window, at the same time giving that gentleman permission to address the congregation. Mr. Graham said he had known his late friend over fifty years, and could endorse all that the reverend speaker had just said about him, that Mr. Mc Arthur was one of the most upright, straightforward, hospitable, and generous men, and he was very pleased to see this tribute raised to his memory, and placed in this church by one who also was highly esteemed by all who knew her, and he regarded it as a very great privilege to be present on the occasion, and to have been asked to perform the ceremony of unveiling that truly beautiful memorial of his late friend. The inscription at the base of the window was then read, and the window dedicated by the officiating clergymen. The following is the inscription – “To the glory of God, and in memory of David Charteris McArthur, one of the first trustees of this church: this window was erected by his widow.” This is one of the finest pieces of artistic work of the kind we have seen in the colony, and to see it would well repay a visit to Heidelberg. It was from Messrs. Brooks, Robinson and Co., Elizabeth-street, Melbourne, and was designed by their artist, Mr. Hughes. The subject of the window is King David, and is very powerfully drawn and executed, full of majesty and devotional feeling, and the coloring, while being rich and gorgeous, is soft and harmonious. Mr. McArthur had retired on a handsome pension from the bank of Australasia, of which he was the first general manager and inspector in this colony. He was connected with several of our public and social institutions, succeeding the late Judge Barry as president of the Melbourne Public Library, of which he was a trustee; he was chairman of the Library Committee, member of the national, and also of the Industrial and Technological Museums; also Vice-President of the Austin Hospital for incurables, and a member of the Old Colonists’ Association, of which he was for some time president. The Rev. C. T. Perks is also a member and chaplain of that Association, so too is the Hon. James Graham, and for that reason, in addition to being very old friends of the late Mr. McArthur, were especially invited to take part in the ceremony on Sunday last.”

1887: Christ Church Anglican, Birregurra, Victoria.

Artist/Studio: Burlison & Grylls, London, c.1887.
Location: Birregurra, Victoria.
Building: Christ Church, Birregurra.
Memorial: Sir Charles Sladen (1816-1884).
Donor: Lady Sladen.
Photos dated: 28th December 2010.

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Geelong Advertiser, Tuesday 19th April 1887, page 4.


On Good Friday, April 8th, 1887, the service was one of peculiar interest, that day having been fixed for the ceremony of unveiling the large west window, recently presented to the church by Lady Sladen, in memory of her husband, Sir Charles Sladen, who died in February, 1884. The window, by Burlisson [sic] and Grylls, of London, is exceedingly beautiful. The upper tracery is rich, but harmonious. The four chief lights contain large and spirited representation of Joseph, Daniel, Stephen, and Paul; whilst beneath the figures are well executed groups, illustrating the four legends introduced below them: “I was an hungered, and ye gave Me meat;” “I was a stranger, and ye took Me in;” “Naked, and ye clothed Me;” “Sick, and in prison, and ye visited Me.” The east window is also a handsome one, erected by his widow in memory of the late Mr Bromfield. The interior of the beautiful church now presents an exceedingly striking and dignified appearance. A large congregation assembled at the church, including old and intimate personal friends of Sir Charles, from Geelong, Lorne, and other places, besides and excellent representation of the residents of the township and neighborhood. The bishop, who had travelled from Ballarat by the early train, in order to attend, was assisted by the Rev. H. J. Carr, of Krambruk, and the Rev. T. Sabine, the retiring incumbent; this was possibly the last occasion of his officiating in the church, as he is leaving the colony. The service used was that appointed by the Church of England for Good Friday: two breaks, however, occurred in it. The first related to the opening, the other to the close, of human life. After the second lesson Holy Baptism was administered to the twin son and daughter of the Rev. H. J. Carr, by the bishop, the Rev. T. Sabine assisting. Later on, between matins and communion, the bishop conducted the “unveiling;” advancing to the desk, he bade all join in prayer of dedication as follows:- “Almighty God, we humbly beseech Thee graciously to accept the adornment of this, Thy sanctuary, the window in the western wall, which we dedicate this day to the honor of Thy holy name and to the reverend and loving memory of that faithful servant of Thine, who so largely helped to build this house of prayer, and was wont for years to worship Thee within its walls. We bless Thy name for the noble life which through Thy grace he lived, and for that high and enduring example which he bequeathed to us. We thank Thee for that fidelity and constancy which shone so clearly in him as in old time in Holy Joseph. We praise Thee for the devoutness, purity, and wisdom which made him, as they made Thy prophet Daniel, and uncorrupt and high-souled statesman. We give Thee glory for that courageous, large-hearted piety in him, which reminded us in a measure of the saintly Stephen; and for the loving zeal, coupled with insight in the Apostle of the Gentiles. We adore Thee for his unstinted generosity and unfailing charity. To Thee be all the praise for what Thy servant was and what he did, and we beseech Thee to grant that we, reminded continually by this memorial window of what Thy grace wrought in him whose memory be delight to cherish, may by that same grace be enabled to follow in the footsteps of that crucified Redeemer whom he loved and served, through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.” The prayer of dedication over, the congregation were invited to stand and face westward. The veil, which hitherto had concealed the window, was now at the bishop’s signal lowered, disclosing the beautiful design, seen to great advantage in the forenoon sunlight; the bishop slowly reciting the words: “In the name of the donor and this congregation, I solemnly dedicate this window to the praise and glory of Almighty God, and to the perpetual memory of Sir Charles Sladen.” He then briefly explained the design of the window. The congregation being again seated, the bishop said:- “We have now unveiled a window set in yonder wall in memory of one of the truest-hearted and best of public men that ever emerged into distinction in Australian colonies. He played is part in the life of Victoria for over 40 years, and although his duties took him frequently elsewhere, it is with your parish and district that his private and domestic life was principally connected. And that life, I make bold to say, secured for him universal respect and love as that of a public-spirited and honorable neighbour; and upright and influential professional man and property holder; a most kindly , constant, and benevolent friend; whilst his loyal affection towards the church and her services was sincere, deep, exemplary, and unfailing. Shall such a man be forgotten amongst us in three short years after he has been gathered to his rest? There are those whose lives have been too completely altered by the loss of him for them to forget him for a single hour, and it is not in order to enable them to remember him, but as the instinctive tribute of an unutterable affection that can never cease to think of and honor the noble dead, that they have set this fair window in the church for the gratification of their fellow Christians who knew and prized him, for the credit of the place he loved, and for the conservation there to after years of the stimulating recollection of his high example. Live on, then, in all our hearts, noble memory of a faith that never faltered; or an integrity that never trifled, even with the finger of truth; of a diligence that never stained one duty with the blood of another; of a love which bore all, believed all, hoped all, endured all. We set up a fair memorial of all that to-day, not because without it we should forget the man whom many of us still miss so sorely, but just as we beautify the casket we keep some priceless jewel in, bind in sumptuous easing some precious book whose pages we would turn continually to mark our sense of their exceeding worthiness to be preserved. “He that believeth on Me,” said our crucified Master, ‘shall; never die.’ That window puts into glass for us, expressing in terms of sacred art, the thought that, though dead, in all our hearts and memories Charles Sladen lives on still. It is not the moment, as the poet sings, that conquers death; it is the faith and work of the servant of Christ; and the monument is only the trophy of that victory. Yes, and Charles Sladen will live on still; that window may remind us not only in our loving memory, but in the present consequence and influences of his personality and example. ‘The evil that men do lives after them.’ Shakespeare tells us, but I should go mad if I thought that was chiefly true of evil. No! ‘Ties have no legs;’ it is not wickedness that abides while goodness dies. It is ‘the way of the ungodly’ that ‘shall perish;’ it is ‘the righteous’ that ‘shall be held in everlasting remembrance,’ it is the holy man that, being dead, yet speaketh. Ever since they lifted up Jesus on a cross and laid Him in a grave He has had power over all the human race, and drawn all men unto Him. The crucified is now the ascended Christ, but He is no more lost in power and presence to His people than the sublime mountain is lost to the valley it presides over, when hidden from view by the clouds that have gathered round its breast, to distil down its side, like gifts of benediction, fertilising rains. One word more. For what activities the life of the departed expresses itself we cannot tell, yet it seems hard to suppose that they are shorn by their promotion of faculties of sympathy and knowledge which they possessed in this inferior state. Rather would these faculties be enlarged and intensified. Not improbably then, the man we loved, in the world of spirits, is cognisant of our strong and loving thought of him to-day, as we lay this fresh garland on his tomb. If so, will not his strong and loving thought of us be this: to beckon us along the same road he travelled tot he goal he reached? O! for grace to follow him as he followed Christ! O! to have a good hope of seeing him once again; no longer indeed in the flesh, no longer in the vesture of humiliation, but under conditions such as shall befit the life of Paradise and the immediate presence of our once crucified, but now ascended and glorified, Redeemer!” The Communion Service followed, and the service closed with a sermon on the Passion, the bishop taking for his text Rev. v., 12:- “The Lamb that was slain.” It need not be said that those present followed the entire proceedings with the deepest attention and interest: it was and occasion not to be forgotten. The Bishop of Ballarat, Lady Sladen, and Mr and Mrs Charles Beale were the guests of Mr Edmundson, Eliminook, Birregurra.”



Another stained glass window to the memory of Sir Charles Sladen, also made by Burlison & Grylls, exists at Christ Church in Geelong. See: 23-07-1884: Christ Church, Geelong, Victoria.

1896: Christ Church Anglican, Geelong, Victoria.

Artist/Studio: Brooks, Robinson, Melbourne, Vic. C.1896.
Location: Geelong, Victoria.
Building: Christ Church, Geelong.
Memorial: Fanny Goodman (daughter of the incumbent, Canon George Goodman).
Donor: Subscribers.
Photos dated: 24th October 2010.

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Geelong Advertiser, Vic, Monday 10th February 1896, page 3.


“The dedication of the handsome memorial window erected at Christ Church in remembrance of the late Miss Fanny Goodman took place yesterday at the forenoon service, which was conducted by the Rev. W. Chas. Pritchard. The window in which the memorial is set is that by which the eastern light is admitted into the north transept, and is thus within the view of the worshipers in the main body of the church and of the occupants of the pews in the transepts. It is fitting that the memorial to one who was so conspicuous in the service of the church for which she had been 22 years organist should take the form that it has done. The movement for its erection was quite spontaneous, the funds required for the purpose being subscribed with a readiness which was deeply felt by the relatives. From an aesthetic point of view the church has been greatly enriched by the memorial, which is and exceptionally fine specimen of colonial art, reflecting the highest credit upon the firm of Brooks, Robinson and Co., by whom it was produced. It was designed by Mr. Drummond, artist for the firm named, and is symbolical of the three Christian virtues represented by three female figures standing upon tessellated pavement beneath canopies of beautiful and intricate design. Charity, as the greatest of all, occupies the central panel. Her face is animated by an expression of the most maternal solicitude, her attention being divided between an infant in her arms and a gaunt youth in an attitude of supplication at her feet. Faith leans with an aspect of security upon the Cross, and Hope, looking expectantly upwards, has the anchor for support. The allegories are exquisitely worked out, the central figures being revealed with great distinctness, against the subdued lights which form the background. The tone of the memorial is more subdued than that of the other stained glass windows in the church, which are a glorious mass of color, but its artistic excellence will probably be recognised much more readily on account of the contrast. A memorial brass beneath the window contains the following inscription:- “This window was erected by the parishioners of Christ Church, and other friends of Fanny Goodman, in affectionate remembrance of the Christian graces by which she endeared herself to all, her zeal and devotion in every good work, and her eminent talent as organist of the church for 22 years. ‘She being dead yet speaketh’.” There was a crowded congregation, and the sermon for the occasion was preached by the Rev. W. Chas. Pritchard, who took “The ideal of angel life” as the subject of his discourse, the text being taken from the Gospel according to St. Matthew, xxii. 30. In the course of his remarks the preacher said that there could surely be no better fashion of perpetuating the memory of their loved ones than by such gifts as that which they had dedicated to God’s glory. Their memory became more hallowed by constant association with the sacred subjects and symbols thus presented. They took comfort in the knowledge that God’s house would be more beautiful by reason of such a memorial. to them it would symbolise the unfailing blessing which God had given to them, and to others by the life they held in cherished memory. Faith, Hope, and Charity were pictured by symbolic forms and the greatest, as was fitting, occupied the central panel, and she was in the act to make proof of the love of which she was the expression. Faith was represented as grasping the sacred sign of Redemption, and the artist had made it staff-like in form as though to teach that the cross was both the rod which pointed the way and the staff which helped them on their journey. Hope, resting upon an anchor, taught them that his grace was the means from which the soul fastened all its longings and affections in that place “whether the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus.” But Hope also held a book, for they knew that it was “by patience and comfort of the Scriptures” that they had hope. The fact that in this window holy virtues were thus personified and symbolised suggested the remembrance that they were wont to express their ideals of the Heavenly life by angelic forms. And for this, as their text assured them, they had the highest warrant. Artists had exercised their highest gifts of genius in picturing the glory and beauty and perfection of all graces by the figures of angels. The angel life was their ideal of purity and holiness, and they were surely justified in tracing the approaches to that ideal in the characters of those they loved. Those of his hearers who best knew the faithful servant of God of whom the new window reminded them would readily recall such signs of God’s grace in her. As the light shone in more mellowed beauty through the picture pane, so by her works, her gifts, her influence, a new and holier light shone for many upon their common surroundings. The inscription underneath the window told of the Christian graces by which she endeared herself to all, of her zeal and devotion in every good work, of the eminent talent with which she exercised her office as organist of the church for 22 years. Surely then it was well written as the conclusion of the inscription “She being dead yet speaketh.” They should remember that as they might thus find help and comfort from the cherished memory of one so esteemed amongst them, so they might always grow in grace by following in themselves all that approached to the ideal of the angel life in the faithful departed. The memory of the just was blessed, because they could in loving remembrance trace the working of God’s grace in all that was highest and best in their characters. After death they were more ready to make that merciful allowance which in life, alas! they too seldom exercised, and so they could see, unbiased, the fruits of good living, the points of good example, the devotion to duty and the principles that shaped life to noblest ends. So by their fellows God led them nearer to Himself. His grace to them was magnified when they fondly remembered all that was best and divinest in their life and conversation. They could learn that morning to their practical benefit how they might profit by every good example which God helped them to prepare for the life to come – not simply by admiring and praising, but by following in the power that the Father would give through His Spirit, following the Saviour along the way of the cross to the way of light – “Per crucem ad lucem.” The music was suitable to the occasion, and Sir John Stainer’s setting of Cardinal Newman’s beautiful hymn “Lead kindly light” was sung with much feeling by the choir under the direction of Mr Croft, the last verse being peculiarly appropriate to the occasion.”

29-08-1914: All Saints Anglican Church, St Kilda, Victoria.

Artist/Studio: Unknown Studio, England.
Location: St Kilda, Victoria, Australia.
Building: All Saints’, St Kilda.
Annie Lange, 1839-1912.
Donors: L.H. & A.F. Lange
Photos taken: 3rd April 2011.

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The Australasian, Melbourne, Vic, Saturday 29th August 1914, page 55.


A memorial window to the late Mrs. F. C. Lange was unveiled in All Saints’ Church, St. Kilda, on Wednesday, August 5, at a special choral service, attended by her friends. His Grace the Archbishop of Melbourne, assisted by the vicar, officiated. The stained glass, which occupies the whole of the main west window, had been executed in England to the order of Miss and Mr. Lange (youngest daughter and son) and is an approximate copy of a famous picture. The late Mrs. Lange’s association with All Saints’ Church as a parishioner extended over a period of 45 years, and members of the older generation will remember her residing at Herford, Alma road, built by her husband, the late Mr. F. C. Lange, in 1871. On Sunday, August 9, at morning service, the Rev. J. W. Ashton, M.A., vicar of All Saints’, handed over the window, which had already been dedicated, to the church authorities, saying a few appropriate words referring to the late Mrs. Lange during the course of his sermon. Those present at the special service were Miss Lange and Mr. A. F. Lange, Mrs. S. C. Browne, Miss Mack (Warrnambool), Mrs. H. P. Matthews, Mrs. and Miss Mather, Mrs. McLean, Mrs. F. E. Strangward, Mdlle. [sic] Maillard, Signorina Coy, Messrs. W. Stawell and R. Thwaites, Mrs. and Miss Hodgson, Mrs. and Miss Drane, Mrs. H. Drane, Mrs. Coutie, and several members of the vestry. The window bears the inscription . “In loving memory of Annie Lange, 1839-1912. erected by her children, L H.L. and A.F.L.,” and was placed in position by Messrs. Brook, Robinson, and Co.”

Note: Specified as only erected in position by Brooks, Robinson & Co, Melbourne.

1884: St Augustine’s Anglican Church, Inglewood, Victoria.

Artist/Studio: Brooks, Robinson & Co, Melbourne, c.1884.
Location: Inglewood, Victoria, Australia.
Building: St Augustine’s, Anglican Church.
Memorial: John & Margaret Catto.
Photos dated: 2nd January 2014.

Photos taken: 2nd January 2014.

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On the evening of the 2nd of October 1884 a three light memorial stained glass window was unveiled in St Augustine’s Anglican Church at Inglewood in Victoria.

The window was erected by the Brooks, Robinson & Co stained glass company of Melbourne and cost £250. It depicts the Virgin Mary, The Good Shepherd and St John and is dedicated to the Loddon district pioneer John Catto (1802-1872) and his wife Mary, (nee Lyell 1826-1883). The window was donated by their two surviving children, John Catto (1854-1926) and Ann ‘Annie’ Catto (1862-1929), both of whom died in England in their later years.

The memorial text across the base of the windows reads:


John Catto (1802-1872):

Scottish pioneer John Catto arrived in Tasmania in 1833 and later at Port Phillip in 1839. He became one of the first pioneer squatters in the Loddon district where his land holdings in 1848 were estimated at 64,000 acres and known as “Catto’s” station or run[1].

At Melbourne, on the 9th December 1852[2] he married Margaret Lyell, the daughter of Scottish manufacturer Alex Lyell of Fifeshire and they had four children, only two of whom would survive to dedicate the stained glass window to their memory .

John Catto was remembered as a pioneer settler of the Loddon and a charitable and generous patron to the districts local institutions. For many years the annual Inglewood Church of England Sunday school picnic was held on his property where he also provided an abundance of fruit from his award winning gardens.

On the day of his death, 16th July 1872[3], he claimed to know that he was dying and made the unusual request that he should be buried in the Melbourne General Cemetery. His funeral procession stopped at the town of Newbridge for his funeral service and on the day of his interment, 20th July 1872, the procession departed for the Melbourne General Cemetery from the residence of his brother in-law, George Lyell, at Fitzroy[4].

His wife Margaret died 19th November 1883 at her residence, Koort-Koort-Nong, Queen’s-terrace, St. Kilda Park, aged 57[5] and she was interred with John in the Melbourne General Cemetery on the 21st[6].

The Catto memorial monolith at the Melbourne General Cemetery is made of polished pink granite and includes the names of all their immediate family members, although not all are actually interred there[7].

Their daughter Annie later married an officer of the Royal Engineers, Major (later Colonel) Ernest St. Clair Pemberton (1857-1950), at Holy Trinity, Sloan-street, London, on the 17th March 1896[8] and she remained in England until her death in Somerset on the 26th October 1929 aged 67. Her estate was valued at over £60,000 and from this, in memory of her mother, she bequeathed the sum of £2,000 to the University of Melbourne[9] for the establishment of the “Margaret Catto” Scholarship for Zoology science[10].

The Catto scholarship still exists to this day as does the magnificent stained glass window to their memory in St. Augustine’s at Inglewood.

Significant transcriptions:

Bendigo Advertiser, Vic, Friday 3rd October 1884, page 3.


 The consecration of the new chancel of this church was arranged to take place last night, and several Sandhurst residents left town to be present on the occasion. The Bishop of Ballarat was appointed to preach, and special music by the choir was also arranged for. The alterations at this church comprise a new chancel, vestry, and organ loft. The window of the chancel consists of cement mullions and stained glass, and is really a fine piece of workmanship. The most prominent of the subjects are the “Virgin Mary,” The Good Shepherd,” and “St. John,” all life size. In the tracery the subjects are not so large; they comprise angels, etc. This window is, there is no doubt, the best of its kind out of Melbourne, and reflects great credit on all concerned. There is a very neat piece of work in the shape of a “Reredos” at the back of the altar. It is of the most unique design, finished in Kean’s cement. The approach to the chancel is all paved with Minton’s encaustic tiles, which has a very pleasing effect. Provision has been made for the comfort of the congregation in the shape of ventilation, for which purpose patent air-pumps, etc., have been provided. A number of fittings for the choir have been added, ornamented gothic style. The whole of the alterations (41 by 25) cost upwards of £1,000, the chancel windows alone costing about £250. Miss and Mr. J. Catto, of Memsie, Bridgewater-on-Loddon, are the donors of this alteration, in memory of their late father. The work has been carried out under the supervision of Mr. W. C. Vahland, architect, of Sandhurst. The contractor for the general work is Mr. N. Longstaff, Sandhurst, and for the glass Messrs, Brooks, Robinson, and Co., of Melbourne”.

Bendigo Advertiser, Vic, Monday 22nd July 1872, page 3.


We are sorry to have to record the death of Mr. John Catto, who died suddenly at his residence, West Loddon, on Tuesday evening last, after a short illness of twelve hours. He was quite well on Monday, and slept well on Monday night, but on rising next morning he complained of a pain in the chest, and his son at once rode into Inglewood for Dr. Starke, who administered medicine, but without avail. He was not in much pain, but said he knew he was dying, and he expired without a struggle, after having expressed a wish to be buried in the Melbourne   Cemetery. He was 70 years of age, and leaves a wife, and a family of three children, a son and two daughters. Mr Catto was about the first settler in the Loddon district, and one of the early pioneers of the colony, having arrived in Port Phillip from Tasmania in 1839, and taken up the station on the Loddon, since known as “Catto’s Station,” in 1840. He landed in Tasmania in 1833, and had thus been thirty-nine years in the Australian colonies, and thirty two years a settler on the Loddon. In the early part of his career as a squatter in this colony, he had great difficulties to contend with. The Loddon tribe was then numerous and warlike, and the bush swarmed with dingoes, which ravaged his flocks; but by his kindness and liberality he soon won the affection and respect of the aborigines, and by a different system, but one quite as effectual, he rid himself of his four footed enemies. Danger and hardship had constantly to be met and overcome in those early days, and Mr. Catto had his share of them. At one time, owing to a heavy flood in the Loddon, he had to take refuge in a tree for twenty-four hours, with no hope of release, except from the subsidence of the water. Notwithstanding, such drawbacks as these, his career a whole was a prosperous one, and at his death the whole of the land held by him was his own purchased property. The liberality of his sentiments was conspicuously shown of late years, by his ready acquiescence in the various Land Acts framed with a view to agricultural settlement, and he never showed any jealousy, or threw any obstacle in the way of any selector who wished to take up land near him. He was a most liberal patron of our local charitable institutions, and was ever ready with his purse to assist in any good object which might be brought under his notice. The children of Inglewood have reason to remember him with affection, for the anniversary picnic of the Church of England Sunday School was every year held in his paddock, on which occasions Mr. Catto delighted in providing them with an abundant supply of grapes and other fruit from his well-stocked garden. He took great interest in agricultural progress, and was every year a prize-taker, both for fruit and stock, at the Newbridge Agricultural Show. His death will be felt throughout the district as a heavy public loss.
In compliance with Mr. Catto’s dying request, he will be interred in the Melbourne Cemetery, but the funeral procession, which starts from his residence today, will stop at Newbridge on the way, where a funeral service will be held, in which his numerous friends in this locality will be able to join. – Inglewood Advertiser.”

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As per his dying wish, John Catto was interred in the Melbourne General Cemetery. The Catto gravestone is an imposing four sided monolith of pink granite and is set amongst many other notable Melbourne identities who coincidentally also have stained glass memorials to their name. The memorial transcription reads:

(West face of monument)

Sacred to the memory of John CATTO of Catto’s Station Loddon River who died 15 Jul 1872 age 69 years.

Margaret his wife who died at South Yarra 19 Nov 1883 age 67 years.

Also John their elder son who died in London 5 Feb 1926 age 71 yrs.

(North face of monument)

Also Cecilia Mary their daughter who died 5 Jul 1878 age 20 years.

(East Face of monument)

Also Annie their daughter, wife of Colonel E. St. C. PEMBERTON who died in England 26 Oct 1929 age 67 yrs.

(South face of monument)

Also Alexander second son of John and Margaret CATTO who died at sea 26 Apr 1857 age 13 mths.


 [1] The Argus, Melbourne, Vic, Friday 29th September 1848, page 1.

1897: St John’s Anglican Church, Heidelberg, Victoria.

Artist/Studio: William Montgomery, Melbourne, 1897.
Location: Heidelberg, Victoria.
Building: St John’s, Heidelberg.
Memorial: Charles & Isabella Margaret Maplestone.
Donor: Maplestone family.
Photos dated: 29th June 2013.


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Mercury & Weekly Courier, Vic, Friday 20th August 1897, page 3.

“A Dedication Service.”

“A memorial window has just been erected in St. John’s Church, Heidelberg, by the family of the late Mr. and Mrs. Maplestone, of Ivanhoe, and was dedicated, on behalf of the donors, by the Rev. Arthur J. Pickering, Vicar of the Parish, on Sunday afternoon, the 8th inst., in the presence of a large number of members of the family and others.
The window is from the studio of Mr. William Montgomery, of 164 Flinders-street, Melbourne, and is treated in his well known masterly style. There are three figures – Zacharias and his wife, Elizabeth, with the child, John Baptist standing by her side the text under the figures being: “And they were both righteous before God.” – Luke 1.6.
At the base is the following inscription: “In memory of Charles Maplestone, of Ivanhoe Lodge, and his wife, Isabella Margaret, for 20 years earnest workers in this parish. Erected by their children, 1897…”


In the Glory of God, and on behalf of the family who have erected this window, I solemnly dedicate the same to remain in this church as a memorial of their beloved parents, Charles and Isabella Margaret Maplestone, who for 20 years were earnest Christian workers in this parish. Amen.

In a brief address after the dedication, the Vicar said that out of consideration for the feelings of some present who were most closely concerned with and most nearly affected by the ceremony just performed (feelings in which he could very deeply sympathise) his remarks would be much briefer than they otherwise would have been. But his personal knowledge of and acquaintance with in years gone by, those whose memory would now be perpetuated in St. John’s Church, Heidelberg, and his relation to and esteem for many members of their family, forbad that he should be altogether silent; it would be unfitting and he considered strange if he allowed those present to leave the church that afternoon without his making some reference to that which had been the occasion of their assembling at that time. He desired to mention to others not of the family referred to that he was entirely alone responsible for the special services that afternoon. It had been the intention of the family to have attended the morning service during or after which the window could have been simply dedicated. His reason, however, for appointing a special service and in the afternoon was not with a view of making any undue distinction (those who rightly knew him would be satisfied on that point) but chiefly because Mr. and Mrs. Maplestone had for so many (20) years been earnest Christian workers in the Parish of Heidelberg. Mr. Maplestone had been an active member of the vestry and its secretary, also hon. Reader, conducting Divine Service in the church school house at Ivanhoe, and lay representative of the Parish in the Church Assembly, and though that was before his (the Vicar’s) time in Heidelberg, and though so many years had passed since then, yet that was no argument against but for his action in having appointed that special service for the object which had brought them together, inasmuch as it showed that the good faithful work of those two truly Christian persons, though they had long since removed, was not forgotten – nay, was still with us, bearing good fruit; and with regard to those more closely connected the lapse of time fails to efface from memory the faces and voices of those once and still so dear. With regard to this beautiful window which has just been dedicated, the adult figures are Zacharias and his wife Elizabeth, and St. Luke’s description of those two saintly persons – “They were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless” has been most appropriately chosen as the text for the window to describe the lives and characters of those whose memory it has been erected by their children. Nothing better can be said of any man or woman. In further referring to the window the Vicar said it reflected the greatest credit on the artist, who is resident in Heidelberg, and that he took that opportunity on behalf of the congregation, the vestry, and himself as Vicar, to thank the family who had placed it there, and was sure that he uttered the sentiments of that family in saying that they, on their part, esteemed it a privilege to have it placed where it was, for like their worthy parents, to whose memory it had just been erected and dedicated, they could say, and they also showed by their regular attendance at their Parish Church, either here or wherever they resided, and by their liberal support of its ministry and ordinances according to their means, that what they said was on their lips, no idle, empty meanless words…”

Also see:

1870: St John’s Anglican Church, Diamond Creek, Victoria.


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