24-10-1876: St Stephen’s Church, Portland, Victoria, Australia.

The Rev. James Yelverton Wilson memorial stained glass window at St Stephen’s Anglican Church, Portland, Victoria.

Portland Guardian, Tuesday 24th October 1876, page 2

“IN MEMORIAM – A beautiful memorial window has been inserted in St Stephen’s Church during the past week which, if it does not surpass, at least rivals any of he already brilliant collection. The subject is described in a central scroll, “I am the Good Shepherd,” and the remarkable combination of colours that seems, at first sight, to set all the accepted rules of contrast at defiance, becomes from closer familiarity as a union of light and shade as is the whole illumination a correct conception of the scripted idea in its minutest details. The window, which occupies a position on the north side of the chancel, corresponding to that erected to the memory of the late Mr. P. Scott on the south, bears the following inscription – “In memory of the Rev. James Yelverton Wilson, 27 years Incumbent of this parish, who died January 20, 1875, aged 64 years.” This elegant work of art is from the studio of Messrs. Ferguson and Urie, of Melbourne, who may fairly claim to rank amongst the first ecclesiastical decorative artists.”

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The Rev James Yelverton Wilson (1811-1875), arrived in Portland in 1839 and died on the 20th January 1875 at his residence in Lygon Street Carlton.

I visited St Stephen’s in 2011 and photographed all the windows but I don’t seem to have a photo of this particular window! I’m fairly certain that I didn’t miss any but I’ve emailed St Stephen’s on 06/03/2012 to ascertain whether this particular window exists.

There are many modern windows by Auguste Fischer, John Orvall and others that may have replaced some older ones.

Related posts:

29-12-1888: St Stephen’s Anglican, Portland, Victoria.The historic Stephen George Henty and Philip Scott memorial windows.

2 comments on “24-10-1876: St Stephen’s Church, Portland, Victoria, Australia.

  1. I am a great grt grandson of Rev Y Wilson, daughter Charlotte Maria Matheson (Nee Wilson) who married Robert Matheson at Portland. Anyone who can share our history is welcome to contact me. Alan

    • Glad to hear of anything that lends to the history of the windows, donor, or memorial subject, which in this case is the Rev. Wilson. – Ray

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