South Australian Register, Adelaide, Tuesday 13th September 1881, page 4.
“MEMORIAL WINDOW – A Very handsome memorial window has been lately completed in the eastern transept of St. Peter’s Cathedral, North Adelaide, in remembrance of the Rev. C. B. Howard, M.A, the first Colonial Chaplain. The window has been constructed by Messrs. Ferguson & Urie, of Melbourne, to designs furnished by Mr. D. Garlick, the subject being the Judgement. Mr. Howard arrived in the colony in 1836, and from thence to his death in 1843 he laboured earnestly and successfully in his vocation as a minister of the Anglican Church”.
The foundation stone of St. Peter’s was laid on Tuesday 25th of June 1869 representing the 22nd anniversary of the ordination of Augustus Short, the first Bishop of Adelaide.
The Rev Charles Beaumont Howard was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1807 and after graduating from Trinity College in Dublin, he sailed to Australia with Governor Hindmarsh aboard the ‘Buffalo’ in July 1836 and he became the first Colonial Chaplain for the province of South Australia.
He died 19th July 1843 aged 36 and was buried in the Adelaide West Terrace Cemetery.
The St Peter’s Church History pamphlet (as at Feb 2012) reads:
“The Dean’s Chapel Windows: The Last Judgement (Matthew 25:3). This window is a memorial to Charles Beaumont Howard, the first Colonial Chaplain. He died at the age of 36 in 1843. Of unknown origin, it was erected approximately 50 years after his death by his few remaining friends”.
The mystery as to the maker of the window is a mystery no more. The window was created by the Ferguson & Urie stained glass company at Curzon Street, North Melbourne, 38 years after his death and not the reported 50 years!
The text on the window reads:
“ERECTED BY A FEW REMAINING FRIENDS IN MEMORY OF CHARLES BEAUMONT HOWARD FIRST COLONIAL CHAPLAIN HE ARRIVED HERE 28 DEC 1836 DIED 19 JULY 1843 AGED 36”.
“DURING THE WHOLE OF WHICH TIME HE LABOURED IN THE ADVANCEMENT OF THE HONOUR AND GLORY OF GOD AND WAS UNIVERSALLY RESPECTED BY ALL CLASSES”.
Images: Window photos courtesy of Ben Oborn, SA (10/02/2012), Church photo courtesy of Kerry Kroen SA (02/03/2012) .
Biography: Charles Beaumont Howard 1807-1843
Biography: Rev Augustus Short (1802-1883)
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