22-04-1869: Christ Church, Warrnambool, Victoria.

The Church of England Messenger, 22nd April 1869, page 7-8.

“WARRNAMBOOL.- The church here has recently been presented with some beautiful windows of stained glass, from the manufactory of Messrs. Urie, Ferguson and Lyon, of Melbourne. The east window (one of three lights) has been presented by F. P. Stevens, Esq., as a tribute to the memory of his deceased wife. It represents the baptism, crucifixion, and resurrection of our Lord; underneath which, and distributed through all three divisions, is the representation of the Last Supper. The three lights at the eastern end of the north aisle, together with the round window in the gable, have been presented by W. Bateman, Esq., as a memorial of his deceased parents. The first three represent the raising of Jairus’ daughter, the transfiguration of our Lord, and His agony in the garden of Gethsemane”.

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The Stevens Window:

The Argus, Melbourne, Vic, Wednesday 5th August 1868, page 4.

STEVENS.- On the 26th ult., at the Cottage, Warrnambool, Jane, the beloved wife of F. P. Stevens, aged forty-seven years.”

The three light window above the High Altar was presented by Frederick Perkins Stevens in memory of his wife Jane (nee Rule) who died on the 26th July 1868 at the age of 47. The windows depict the Baptism, Crucifixion and Ascension with the lower scenes depicting the Last Supper.

A brass plaque in the church also reads:

“The Three Bells erected / in this Tower were / presented to Christ Church Warrnambool by FP Stevens / Member for Villiers & Heytesbury / of the Legislative Council of / Victoria 1852 / In Memory of his younger Son / FS Stevens who died at his Station / Tintinchilla Queensland / 26th May 1880 Aged 30 Years”.

The bells presented to Christ Church were brought to Melbourne for the 1881 Melbourne Exhibition where they were awarded 1st prize.

The Bateman Window:

Illustrated Australian News for Home Readers, Melbourne, Vic, Saturday 25th April 1868, page 15.

“BATEMAN.- On the 30th March, at his residence, Fern Cottage, Warrnambool, Mr. William Bateman, sen., aged 79″.

The Argus, Melbourne, Vic, Tuesday 25th August 1868, page 4.

“BATEMAN.- On the 24th inst., at Spring-gardens, Warrnambool. Mrs. Bateman, sen., aged sixty-nine years”.

William Bateman Snr was born in Bradford, Yorkshire circa 1794 and married Sarah Smith in 1815 in the same town. They migrated to Australia with their four children circa 1853 and set up business in Warrnambool as Bateman & Co in the name of their son William Jnr. The company became one of the districts largest mercantile businesses but eventually ran into financial difficulty during the time of the land speculation boom when William Jnr ran up huge debts in land holdings which eventually saw the collapse of the small family empire.

In 1869 William Bateman Jnr presented Christ Church Warrnambool with the three light window in memory of his parents, William & Sarah Bateman. William Jnr died in 1913.


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