08-04-1862: St Paul’s, Bakery Hill, Ballarat, Victoria.

In early April 1862, two stained glass windows were on display at the Ferguson & Urie workshops in Curzon Street North Melbourne.

The Argus, Melbourne, Tuesday 8th April 1862, page 4.

“Yesterday our attention was directed to two stained-glass windows, at the establishment of Messrs. Ferguson and Urie, Curzon-street, North Melbourne. They are both what are called ‘single light’ windows, and are adapted for ecclesiastical edifices. The design of one is in the early English style of architecture, and that of the other is the decorated style. The centre of the former window is occupied by a figure of the Saviour, seated upon a throne, underneath a canopy, and holding in one hand the symbols of Majesty. Above the canopy is the paschal lamb, and at the bottom of the window is the scriptural text, “He shall judge the world in righteousness”. The Principal feature of the second window are a cross and crown, with the inscription, “Blessed are the dead”. Both designs are exceedingly chaste, and the colours rich and harmonious. As specimens of painted glass, the windows are alike creditable to Messrs. Ferguson and Urie, by whom they were made, and to Mr. Lyons[sic], by whom they were designed. A beautiful triple light window, executed by the same gentlemen, has recently been placed in St. Paul’s Church, Ballarat. The two already referred to, remain on view at Messrs. Ferguson and Urie’s, and are well worthy of inspection, both for their intrinsic merits and as specimens of a new branch of the Victorian industry”.

The location of the first window depicting Christ  is not known. The triple light ‘decorated’ window for St. Paul’s Church at Ballarat is extant.

St Pauls Bakery Hill Ballarat

The Ferguson & Urie chancel window at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Humfray Street Ballarat. Photo: Ray Brown 17 Mar 2011.

St Pauls Bakery Hill Ballarat

The Ferguson & Urie chancel window at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Humfray Street Ballarat. Photo: Ray Brown 17 Mar 2011.

St. Paul's, Bakery Hill, Ballarat, Victoria

St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Humfray Street Ballarat. Photo: Ray Brown 17 Mar 2011

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