1920 St Matthew’s New Norfolk, Eric Hill memorial window.


Artist/Studio: William Montgomery, Melbourne, c.1920.
Location: New Norfolk, Tasmania, Australia.
Building: St Matthew’s, New Norfolk.
Eric George Hill.
Donor: Relatives.

Status: Extant.
Photos dated: 7th Oct 2010.

At Hobart, on the afternoon of Sunday the 19th December 1920, a young 21 year old Postal worker named Eric Hill and his two mates, Frank Hartill and Keith Smith, decided it would be a great day to go motor-boating on the Derwent River.

Down at Hobart’s Domain Shipyards the young men spent a considerable amount of time and frustration attempting to get the boats “rebellious” motor to fire up. Eric gave up in disgust and decided to let his two mates continue the sisyphean task and decided to go for a row in a small flat bottomed “punto” by himself. Frank and Keith watched him as he slowly rowed out of sight around Battery Point towards Sandy Bay. Eric wasn’t an experienced boatman and he couldn’t swim!

Some distance out in the Derwent River off Battery Point the water became choppy and Eric got into difficulty with handling the dinghy. A short distance away a fellow named Glyn Salter, in a motor-boat with his teenage son, saw that Eric was in difficulty and steered towards him. When close enough he asked him to come aboard their boat but Eric simply said “No, throw me a rope”, which Salter did. Instead of tying the rope to the bow of the boat, Eric made yet another poor decision and held onto the rope instead, whilst he was sitting in the middle of the dinghy. The obvious then occurred and the dinghy turned side-on as it was being towed and began to fill with water. To make matters worse, Eric began to pull harder on the rope and the dinghy began to take even more water. The chain of events became even more perilous as “two river steamers, the Togo and Cartela, went past, almost abreast, on each side of the motor-boat and the dinghy…”

Eric saw the wake coming towards him from both sides and without thinking he “lost his head, let go the rope, and sprang overboard”.

Salter turned his boat around in a circle of the area and when he saw Eric come to the surface a few yards off he jumped into the water fully clothed to save him. Eric disappeared out of sight and despite Salter’s numerous dives under the water but he could not be found. Salter then made his arduous attempt to get back aboard his boat where his son was at the tiller. It was a difficult task as he still had his coat on which was extremely heavy with water.

Eric’s dinghy had sunk and unfortunately so had he.

Salter circled the area in his motor-boat for some time, but nothing was to be seen so he headed for shore to inform the water police of the incident. He returned to his home briefly to change into some dry clothing before heading back out to the scene. Together with “Sergeant Wright, with Constables Rogers and Stewart, and Water-Bailiff Challenger, spent the rest of the afternoon dragging, but without success.”

Despite the area being searched as far as Sandy Bay, the body of Eric George Hill was never recovered. [1]

At St Matthew’s Church, New Norfolk, on the 30th of December 1921, a memorial stained glass window was unveiled to the memory of Eric George Hill. The window was made by William Montgomery of Melbourne and depicts Saint Stephen with the memorial text below:-


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[1] The Mercury, Hobart, TAS, Monday 20th December 1920, page 5.

[2] The Mercury, Hobart, TAS, Saturday 31st December 1921, page 6.

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1884: St John’s Anglican Church, Toorak, Victoria.

Artist/Studio: Fouracre & Watson, Plymouth, Devonshire, England, 1884.
Location: Toorak, Victoria.
Building: St John’s Anglican Church.
Memorial: Allan Spowers.
Donor: Friends in England.
Photos dated: 31st October 2010.

These two triple-light English windows by Fouracre & Watson of Plymouth, were erected at St John’s Anglican Church, Toorak in April 1884 and are the only examples of this company’s work I have found in Victoria to date.

The company was started by John Thomas Fouracre and Henry Watson circa 1872 and operated from premises at 28 Chapel Street, Plymouth, Devonshire, next to Fouracre & Sons decorators and plumbers. Their work appears to be predominantly in England but they showed their stained glass at the Melbourne International Exhibition of 1881, where the company was listed in the Fourth Order of Merit in the awards among other English, Australian and German firms.[1]

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The Australasian, Melbourne, Vic, Saturday 12th April 1884, page 19.

“Two memorial windows, the cost of which was defrayed by subscription among the friends in England of the late Mr. Allan Spowers, have been erected in the north aisle of St. John’s Church, Toorak. Each contains three lights, and four of these have been filled in by full-length figures of the evangelists, each of whom is represented as a scribe, with the exception of St. John, who bears the sacred chalice. The other two openings enclose the effigies of St. Peter and St. James, the former grasping the symbolical keys and the latter holding the traditional sword; while the circular opening in the head of each window exhibits and angel bearing a palm branch. At the base of he figures is the following inscription:- “In memory of Allan Spowers, an original trustee of this church; died in London 1876, aetat 62″ The windows were executed by Messrs Fouracre and Watson, of Plymouth, Devonshire.”

The Argus, Melbourne, Vic, Monday 9th October 1876, page 5.


“We deeply regret to record the death of Mr. Allan Spowers, one of the proprietors of this journal. He was resident in London, and intimation of his decease has been received by cable message, which states that he died on September 27. Mr. Spowers arrived in Melbourne in 1855. He was an intimate friend and old schoolfellow of Mr. Edward Wilson, the senior proprietor of The Argus, and in January, 1857, he joined him as a partner. He never took any active part in public life, but he gained the respect of all brought in cntact with him in his private relations. He returned to England in 1864, leaving by the Great Britain in January of that year, and has since lived in London. He was 61 years of age; and as he had been in ill health for several months, his decease was not entirely unexpected. He was highly esteemed by his partners, Messrs. Wilson and McKinnon, with whom his connexion throughout was of the most friendly nature.”

Foot notes:

[1] The Argus, Melbourne, Vic, Tuesday 8th March 1881, page 6.


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1919: St Katherine’s Chapel, St Helena, Victoria.

Artist/Studio: Brooks, Robinson & Co, c.1957. Replica of original by William Montgomery, Melbourne, 1919.
Location: St Helena, Victoria, Australia.
Building: St Katherine’s Chapel.
Memorial: WW1 Soldiers
Photos dated: 26 May 2013.

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Eltham and Whittlesea Shires Advertiser and Diamond Creek Valley Advocate, Vic, Friday 19th December, 1919, page 2.

“Saturday, 6th December, saw a handsome stained glass window unveiled at St. Catherine’s [Sic: St Katherine’s] (St. Helena), a beautiful piece of work executed by Mr. W. Montgomery, and a lasting memorial to our soldiers. The figure of St. Michael, the Triumphant Archangel, is depicted in magnificent colouring, and is well worth seeing. At the base of the window a brass tablet is affixed bearing the inscription- “With thankfulness to Almighty God and in memory of all those who willingly offered their services during the great war (1914-1919) this window is placed here by the congregation and friends.” Chaplain-Captain Rolsinson [sic] performed the ceremony of unveiling and dedication as well as delivering a most stirring address. The visitors and Sunday school scholars (whose picnic was held the same day) were entertained sequentially in the grounds, and Mr. W. H. Everard, M.L.A., welcomed the returned men in his usual hearty manner.”

St Katherine’s church was gutted by a bush fire on the 28th February 1957 and all the original historic windows, some of which date as far back as 1869, and many other artifacts were lost in the blaze.

After the fire the congregation resolved to restore the church and replicate as much as possible based on old photographs. The replica’s of the stained glass windows were produced by Brooks, Robinson & Co. of Melbourne.

A detailed article about the history of St Katherine’s chapel and the Beale family can be see here: 1869: St Katherine’s Church, St Helena, Victoria.


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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.
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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:


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.


“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.


“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.”

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”.

Other references and photos:



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1914: Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Stawell, Victoria.

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

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Stawell News and Pleasant Creek Chronicle, Vic, Tuesday 8th December 1914, p2.


“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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1917: St Matthew’s Presbyterian Church, Stawell, Victoria.

Artist/Studio: William Montgomery, c.1917.
Location: Stawell, Victoria.
Building: St Matthew’s, Stawell.
Memorial: Mrs Anne Anthony.
Donor: Her three daughters, Mrs Forshaw, Mrs Lilley and Miss Anthony.
Photos dated: 11th June 2011.

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Stawell News and Pleasant Creek Chronicle, Vic, Saturday 22nd September 1917, page 2.

“Some time ago the daughters of the late Mrs Anthony, (Mrs Forshaw, Mrs Lilley and Miss Anthony) expressed a desire to present something to St Matthew’s Presbyterian Church as a memorial of their mother. The gift has taken the form of three stained glass windows, which have just been executed by Mr W. Montgomery, of Melbourne, and erected. The Kirk session gratefully accepted the handsome gift and recorded its appreciation of this beautiful way of expressing gratitude and loyalty. The windows are the three end windows nearest the northern end on the west side. The topics of the windows are “Faith,” “Hope” and “Charity,” and are of chaste design. The Rev. H. C. Matthew, M.A., will preach on Sunday morning and during the service unveil the windows…”

1914: St Stephen’s Anglican Church, Lower Sandy Bay, Tasmania.

Artist/Studio: Brooks, Robinson & Co, Melbourne, c.1914.
Location: Lower Sandy Bay, Tasmania, Australia.
Building: St Stephen’s, Lower Sandy Bay.
Memorial: George Patten Adams. Died 22nd June 1913.
Conservation: Gavin Merrington, ‘Original Stained Glass’, South Hobart, 2012.
Photos dated: July 2012.

Unfortunately the natural lighting for the time of day the photos were taken has accentuated the outer wire protection mesh through the glass.

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The Mercury, Hobart, Tasmania, Monday 25th January 1915, page 3.

“At the morning service in St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, Lower Sandy Bay, a memorial window to the late Mr. G. Patten Adams, who, with the late Mrs. Patten Adams, was identified with the church from the time of its erection, was dedicated. Mr. Patten Adams had been churchwarden for very many years. The window is of stained glass, beautifully coloured, the subject being St. Augustine of Hippo, one of the early missionary bishops of the church. The cost of the window was subscribed for by residents and friends, and was supplied by Messrs. Brooks, Robinson and Co., of Melbourne, and fixed by Messrs. Valentine and Creese. The dedication service was conducted by the Ven. Archdeacon Whittington, who preached from the words, “In Thy light shall we see light” (Psalm 1vi.9). A similar window had been previously subscribed and erected in memory of the late Mrs. Patten Adams. It may be added that a brass tablet has recently been put up in this church in memory of the late Mr. and Mrs. C. O. Abbot, who were earnest workers in the parish for many years”.

The Mercury, Hobart, Tas, Monday 23rd June 1913, page 1.

“ADAMS.- On June 22, 1913, at his residence, Beaufront, Lower Sandy Bay, George Patten Adams, in his 80th year. Funeral will take place on Tuesday, the 24th inst., leaving Beaufront at 2 p.m., and arriving at Cornellian Bay Cemetery at 3.15.”


George Patten Adams (1833-1913) was Registrar and Collector of Stamp Duties for the Supreme Court Tasmania. He married Elizabeth Alice Dobson (1843-1906) at St. John’s Church Hobart on the 5th September 1868.

A window was later erected to the memory of his wife Elizabeth in 1906 and was made by stained glass artist Auguste Fischer. Conservation on this window was done by Gavin Merrington in 2012.

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.”