07-07-1863: The Ebenezer St John’s Church Armstrong Street Ballarat.

The Star Ballarat, Tuesday 7th July 1863, page 2.

Messrs Urie and Ferguson, of Melbourne, have just completed two stained glass windows at the west end of the newly erected United Presbyterian Church in Armstrong street. These lights are very handsome, and were designed by Messrs Urie and Ferguson, the pattern exhibiting the trefoil with circles and diamonds, scrolls and foliage making up the margins. The coloring is rich but mellow, and the windows are certainly a great ornament to the church. We believe there is some intention of having colored glass put in the triplet of the large east window. The western lights we have mentioned have been supplied for £80”.

Photos taken 6th November 2011.

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The “Ebenezer” United Presbyterian Church in Armstrong street was opened on the 23rd June 1863 [1] It was designed in the Anglo-Norman style by local architect Henry Richards Caselli (c1816-1885). The two stained glass windows by Ferguson & Urie were provided by the ladies of the congregation with the initial suggestion coming from Georgiana Caselli who also provided £5 as a subscription towards the windows[2].

The church is now known as the “Ebenezer St John’s” church, at 212 Armstrong street. The stained glass for the triplet window mentioned never eventuated.



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