29-08-1890: Letter of Condolence from the Borough Council to Grace Urie.

On the 21st July 1890 James Urie, a principal partner of the Ferguson & Urie stained glass company died.

As a mark of respect, the Flemington Council presented his wife Grace with a leather bound letter of condolence from the members of the council. James had not only been a principal partner in the Ferguson & Urie stained glass firm,  but also a very prominent member of the Flemington & Kensington council and Mayor in 1887-1887.

It’s not known whether the letter of condolence may possibly still exists somewhere, but if it was ever found it would be a remarkable piece of history worthy of being displayed in a museum for all to see.

North Melbourne Advertiser, Friday 29th August 1890, page 2.


 “Yesterday afternoon the mayor of Flemington, Cr Rigby, the ex-Mayor, Mr Thomas Millar, Cr Barrett, and Mr Cattanach, town clerk, waited on Mrs Urie at her residence, Wellington street, and presented her with a ‘Letter of Condolence’ from the Borough Council, worded as follows:-

‘To Mrs Grace Urie, Wellington street, Flemington – Dear Madam, We the Mayor and Councillors of Flemington and Kensington, desire to express our deep sense of the loss you and your family have sustained through the lamented death of your beloved husband, our esteemed friend and colleague, Councillor James Urie, whos death is universally deplored and has cast gloom over the whole district. While asking you to receive our warmest and most sincere sympathy in your sad bereavement, we trust that the loving influence of the dear departed one will still sustain you under your heavy burden. Again assuring you of our deepest sympathy for you in the loss of one to whom you were so fondly and deeply attached, We are, dear madam, yours sincerely T. Millar (Mayor), R. C. Barrett, J. E. Rigby, M. J. Hardiman, F. Melville, W. Blackwell, J. M. Dalglish, R. Mitchell, Wm Cattanach’.
The letter of condolence has the seal of the Borough Council attached. It is beautifully illuminated by Messrs Arnall and Jackson, and is bound in morocco leather, the cost of the testimonial being borne by the gentlemen whose signatures are appended. Mrs Urie thanked the gentlemen who made the presentation in feeling and appropriate terms.”

Photo of the Urie family kindly contributed by Mrs Noelle Nathan 26 Apr 2010.

The James & Grace Urie family, Flemington 1884.

Related posts:

23-07-1890: James Urie, principal partner in the firm Ferguson & Urie dies.

25-07-1890: The late Councillor Urie.


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