22-11-1861: St Margaret’s Eltham, Church Archives

St Margaret’s Eltham, Church Archives, 22nd November 1861.

St Margaret’s Church at Eltham has a letter in their archives from the Ferguson and Urie stained glass company dated the 22 November 1861, addressed to the Church Committee on the progress of the window. It mentions specifically the production of imitation ancient glass for the small end window as being the first in the colony. The window was reported to have cost £1 (one pound). This is the oldest extant stained glass window by the firm and may have been done by James Urie and James Ferguson. The firms most notable stained glass artists did not Join until after this window was created. John Lamb Lyon (1835-1916) joined in late December/early January 1862. Artist David Relph Drape (1821-1882) officially joined on the 8th November 1863.

Advertiser, Hurstbridge, Friday 22 July 1932, page 2.

‘Early History of the Church of St. Margaret’.

St Margaret’s Church Eltham awarded contracts for building the church and Ferguson & Urie were awarded the contract for windows and varnishing seats at £41.

( The reference to varnishing seats I believe to be incorrect).


The foundation stone for St Margaret’s was laid on the 4th of April 1861 and was built by George Stebbings to the designs of architect Nathaniel Billing. The Church was opened and dedicated on the 12 December 1861 and consecrated by the Rt.Rev. Bishop Thornton of Ballarat on the 16th of May 1876.

In 2000, St Margaret’s received a grant of $12,000 from Heritage Victoria  to restore all the windows in the church and during the renovations, a Dossal erected behind the altar in 1935, was removed to reveal the historic Ferguson & Urie stained glass window which no one had seen for over 65 years.

As at 2012, the Ferguson & Urie window at St Mararet’s, Eltham, is the earliest known extant stained glass window by the company.

Photos taken 2nd January 2011.

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2 comments on “22-11-1861: St Margaret’s Eltham, Church Archives

  1. Hello Ray. I spoke to you at the Australian Heraldry Society presentation in Carlton yesterday (24-3-18). I have had a quick look at this website and am pleased at what you have created. I grew up in the Eltham area and attended Eltham High School now Eltham Secondary College. This church is located on Pitt street which is a main corridor through Eltham. I have never set foot inside St Margarets but the images here give a good idea of the craftsmanship of Ferguson and Urie.
    I may see you at a future AHS presentation.
    Best wishes,

    William Maher
    Braybrook, 3019

    • Hi William,

      Good to hear from you and glad you found something of interest to you on the web site in relation to St Margaret’s at Eltham.

      No doubt we will meet again at another AHS presentation in the future.



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