Warrnambool St. John's Presbyterian Church Memorial Window Back to Search

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Location 22 Spence Street, Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia
Type stained_glass_window
Description

St. John's Church, Warrnambool, was designed by Andrew Kerr and built in 1876. It was largely destroyed by fire in 1920 and local architect, JJ Forrester, was entrusted with the rebuilding. This included the replacement of leadlight windows throughout, and in November 1921 Montgomery quoted £298.5.0 F.O.B. Melbourne, for twelve nave, two transept, two porch, and three small front windows.

The subject of the memorial window was the Crucifixion as a group in the centre light, flanked by St. John and St. Paul, and St. Michael and the Archangel Gabriel in the outer panels. The Burning Bush, symbol of the Presbyterian Church, was placed in the topmost tracery piece, with the sacred and secular symbols of peace and victory below. The base panels of the central light held the badge of the Australian Commonwealth Military Forces. The memorial was unveiled on Sunday 27 August 1922. Earlier that month Forrester had written to congratulate Montgomery on the final results: 'I am pleased to say I am very satisfied with the windows. They are finer than I expected. The sketches were beautiful but the windows are more beautiful and this is the opinion of everybody...The big window is a standing advertisement of the skill of your firm. There is nothing second rate about that or any of the other windows throughout...'

The scale draing, in watercolour, pen and ink, brush and brown ink, measuring 54.4 x 25.0 cm., is held in the National Gallery of Australia collection, and a photograph of the same sketch is in the State Library of Victoria. The Honour Board, unveiled on the same day, contained the names of 138 men who had gone to war from the church.

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Inscription

The window was dedicated by the people of this congregation as a tribute to the men who went and were spared to return from the Great War 1914 - 1918

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