08-12-1883: St Paul’s, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia.

The Capricornian, Rockhampton, QLD, Saturday 8th December 1883, page 13.

“The stained glass window for St. Paul’s Church, towards which the officers and work men of the Central Railway subscribed to liberally, has been set in position, and is a great ornament to the interior of the building. It forms the centre of the five windows facing William-street. In the centre is a figure of the Saviour, 6 ft. 3 in. high, clad in robes of varied hues, holding in one hand a ball, representing the world, while the other points up ward to a descending dove, in the centre of a number of rolling spheres of a silvery and golden tinge. Under the figure is the motto, ‘ I am the law, the word, the truth, and the life.’ Immediately below is an Agnus Dei in the centre of a sphere. The window, which is 13 ft- 7½ in. high and 2 ft. 8½ in. wide, was formally handed over on Saturday by Mr. I Linthwaite on behalf of the officers and work men on the Central Railway. The cost of it was about £130, and was made by Messrs. Ferguson and Urie of Melbourne, at a cost of  £2 2s. per superficial foot. It will always be a memento of the liberality of the men working on the railway, who subscribed freely when requested to do so by Mr. F. Linthwaite. All paid up well what they promised, a fact pleasingly commented on by Mr. Linthwaite. He stated that when the list was returned to him £120 15s. was written down, whilst the cash forwarded was £120 13s. 6d”.

Photos taken: September 2012. Thanks to Mr Mark Spearing, Gladstone, Qld.

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The text in the lower region of the window reads:

“I AM THE WAY THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE”

“A GIFT BY THE OFFICERS AND WORKMEN OF THE QUEENSLAND AND CENTRAL RAILWAYS”

Note: This article also appeared in the Morning Bulletin, Rockhampton, QLD, Monday 3rd December 1883, page 2.

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