In 1935 the West Melbourne Presbyterian Church was dismantled and re-erected as St Andrew’s at Box Hill. St Andrew’s was meant to be a faithful replica of the old West Melbourne Church and so the stained glass windows were included in the reconstruction.
Except for one, which found its new home at Trinity Church, Camberwell.
“Trinity Church, Camberwell”.
“…During the service Mr. Macaulay announced that in honour of the Rev. P. J. Murdoch’s long ministry in the church Sir Keith and lady Murdoch had decided to provide a stained glass window, of three lights, for the church….”
“On Sunday Rev. R. W. Macaulay dedicated a renovated stained glass window at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Camberwell. The window was originally erected in the West Melbourne Presbyterian Church to commemorate the ministry there of Rev. P. J. Murdock, who was also minister at Camberwell from 1887 till his retirement.”
The window mentioned here has been confirmed to be the one the fourteen three-light nave windows that came from the old West Melbourne Church that was dismantled in 1935. It would appear this window was obtained by Sir Keith Murdoch for Trinity Church Camberwell and erected in the name of his father’s long standing ministry in the Church. It was unveiled on Sunday 2nd February 1936. (see post 01-02-1936)
The window contains a piece of scripture in the centre of each of the three lights with the relevant bible reference:
“I AM THE WAY AND THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE” “JOHN: 14-6”
“SHEW ME THY WAY O LORD” “PS: 25-4” (Psalms 25-4)
“SEEK YE THE LORD WHILE HE MAY BE FOUND” “IS: 55-6” (Isaiah 55-6)
Biography: Rev Patrick John Murdoch (1850-1940)
Biography: Sir Keith Arthur Murdoch (1885-1952).
To see a slideshow of the entire cycle of windows at St Andrews Box Hill, see post: 27-04-1935