“ST. MARK’S CHURCH.- The stonework of St. Mark’s church was completed yesterday. The masons, Messrs. Knott, Sewell, and Hutcheon, have done their work in the most faithful manner, and we would not feel surprised if St. Mark’s church were to prove one of their best recommendations to those about to build. The full effect of the improved style of windows and porch is now seen to advantage. The carpenters have also completed the roof, and have placed the ridge cap upon it. The only considerable portion of their work that remains is the flooring, and with the number of experienced joiners employed, this cannot occupy many days. It may be interesting to note that the church from end of chancel to western porch in 94 feet, and the transepts from porch to porch are 68 feet. The church will accommodate 500 people comfortably – even 600, on a pinch – and will have cost when completed, apart from the proposed tower and peal of bells, nearly £3000. Cathedral glass, with coloured margins, has been ordered from Messrs. Ferguson and Urie, stained glass manufacturers, Curzon-street, Melbourne, and will add much to the beauty and comfort of the church. When and organ has been added – and it will be, we hope, at no very distant date – St. Mark’s church will, if we except the new cathedral in Brisbane, be the finest and most complete ecclesiastical edifice in the colony. A small balance of the subscriptions to the building fund are still unpaid, and we must urge the subscribers to pay it to the Treasurer, Wm. Thompson, Esq., Bank of New South Wales, during the next week, so that all claims for the completion of the church may be satisfied as soon as presented. We shall give full particulars in an early issue in reference to the opening services.”
“ST. MARK’S CHURCH.- There is a pleasant surprise in store for the parishioners of St. Mark’s Church to-morrow morning. The windows have arrived, and have been put into their places during the present week, though all the work connected therewith is hardly yet finished. They are from the Stained Glass Factory of Messrs. Ferguson and Urie, Melbourne, and reflect great credit on that firm. The workmanship is such as we should hardly expect to find in the colinies, and well deserves a visit of inspection from those who are interested in such matters. The centre portion of he windows is composed of cathedral glass, diamond shaped, fitted in lead, and strengthened at every angle by soldering. The margins of nave windows are composed of coloured glass of different shades, so harmonised that the effect is most pleasing. The light is softened and subdued, and the colours so blended, that there is nothing “loud” nor glaring. Nor has the important item of ventilation been forgotten. There are six ventilators which open and shut in the simplest manner, and admit currents of fresh air at such a height as to refresh, and yet not to alarm the most susceptible to colds. But perhaps the most prominent object of attraction is the window in the gable. The centres of the different circles and figures are of Cathedral glass, whicle the margins are stained. The colours are exceedingly rich and effective. Altogether the windows of St. Mark’s Church, while comparatively cheap, are most beautiful and attractive. They give a character and a gracefulness to the Church not often met with. They bespeak excellent judgement as well as chastened taste on the part of those who have designed, selected, and arranged them. The Bishop, on his way to Stanthorpe, preached last night”.
“St. Mark’s church is completed so far as externals are concerned. The windows, made by a Melbourne house, are very beautiful, and the church is greatly admired. New seats are being made, and grounds are about to be laid out.”