04-10-1881: Christ Church, South Yarra, Melbourne, Victoria

The foundation stone for Christ Church at South Yarra was laid on Saturday 26th April 1856 by Major General Macarthur[1] .Further enlargements were conducted in the following years and the new North Aisle was opened on Thursday 22 August 1889[2]. The three windows in east wall of the sanctuary were created by Ferguson & Urie and depict the crucifixion, in the centre, mother Mary in the left window and what I believe is Mary Magdalene in the right window. There are three other individual windows by Ferguson & Urie installed at later dates. The two in the south wall of the sanctuary were installed in March 1882, and depict St Peter & St John converting converts at Samaris and the other is Christ  commissioning St. Peter. In the north transept is a memorial window to ‘Justice Thomas Howard Fellows’ depicting the Good Samaritan.

Photos taken 25th March 2012. All six windows are included in the slideshow.

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The Argus, Melbourne, Tuesday 4th October 1881, page 6.


“[…] At the eastern end has been added a sanctuary of very pleasant proportions, lighted by three dwarf windows, in which there will be stained glass […]”.

Justice Thomas Howard Fellows had long associations with the Queenscliff congregation and had, in 1866, donated the magnificent east window of St Georges Church in Queenscliff, and the Twelve Apostle windows in the nave, which were also crafted by Ferguson & Urie.

On the 12th April 1938 the Argus reported[3] (in relation to Christ Church South Yarra) “Historic Church may have to be closed …”. Obviously this never eventuated.

Related posts:

17-03-1882: Christ Church, South Yarra.

07-04-1882: St George’s Church, Queenscliff.

29-01-1866: St Georges Church Queenscliff.




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