“INDEPENDENT CHURCH, GEELONG.”
“This addition to the ecclesiastical edifices of Geelong has been built by the congregation that for many years worshipped in the building in McKillop-street, and which has been purchased by the Government and converted into an orderly-room for the Geelong Volunteer Artillery. The new church occupies a commanding site at the corner of Ryrie and Gheringhap streets, opposite to the post office…”
“… The church is beautified by three stained-glass windows, made by Messrs. Ferguson and Urie, of Melbourne, designed in the Gothic style, and placed on the northern, southern and eastern sides respectively. The northern one has a life figure of St. Paul designed thereon, and the southern a representation of St. John. Each is divided by two mullions into three sections, with trefoil light in each complete window. In each side section are worked [sic] Greek or Latin inscriptions. The third window is divided into four sections by three mullions. There are at the top three four-leaved lights, emblematic of faith, hope and charity. On the two inner sections of the window there are appropriate inscriptions. The cost of the three windows was £320″.
“… there are also five small windows…” “…The ordinary windows of ground glass, with stained glass margins…”
“The Independent congregation of McKillop-street will hold divine service in their new church in Gheringhap-street on Sunday next. The building has cost altogether£ 4650, and it will seat 500 persons. The structure is a handsome one, built in the Florentine-gothic style, of dark West Geelong bricks, relieved by Waurn Ponds ston dressings, with bluestone base courses. The roof is slated, and the foundations rest on a deep bed of concrete. The church is also beautified by three as good stained glass windows as could be procured in the colony. The makers are Messrs Ferguson and Urie, of Melbourne, and the windows are works of art. They are designed in the Gothic style, and are placed on the northern, southern and eastern (or street) sides respectively. The two former are almost facimilies of each other, with the exception that the northern one has a life figure of St. Paul designed thereon, while the other has a representation of St. John. Each of the windows in question is divided by two mullions into three sections, with a trefoil light in the apex of each compete window. In the centre sections are the figures as before stated, while in each side section are worked Greek or Latin inscriptions. The window facing the street is situated behind the gallery of the church, and is divided into four sections by three mullions. There are at the top three four leaved lights, emblematic of faith, hope, and charity. On the two inner sections of the window there are appropriate inscriptions. The cost of the three windows was altogether £320. The architect of the building was Mr. H. R. Caselli, of Ballarat, and the clerk of works, Mr. J. Matthews…”
The Argus, Melbourne, Tuesday 1st April 1879, page 6.
“The new Congregational Church in Gheringhap-street, which supersedes the old structure in McKillop-street, was opened yesterday for the first time. Special sermons were preached to large congregations, in the morning by the pastor of the church, the Rev. C. S. Y. Price, and in the evening by the Rev. T. McKenzie Frazer. A tea-meeting to celebrate the event was held in the Mechanics hall this evening, and a public meeting held subsequently in the church, when addresses were given by several clergymen, and selections of music rendered by the choir. The building, which is a very handsome one, is built in the Florentine Gothic style, of West Geelong bricks, relieved by Waurn Ponds stone dressings, with bluestone base coignes. It has cost £4,650, and will seat 500 persons. The seats are placed in the amphitheatre style, similar to those of the Collins-street Independent Church. There are three beautiful stained glass windows, made by Messrs. Ferguson and Urie, of Melbourne, the cost of them being altogether £320.”