“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.
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.