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♦ Working on a presentation for the Hotham History Project to be delivered possibly in late July of September.


♦ Did a 1,000km trip around Western Victoria’s Wimmera region between 1st to 4th August. The specifics for this trip were to see the Ferguson & Urie windows at the original “Longerenong” homestead built by Sir Samuel Wilson in 1862 and also the church windows at St Mary’s Church at Balmoral, south of Horsham in 1895.

All up it was an outstanding success and the windows were extant and it pretty good condition considering their age.


♦ Posted a whopping big article about the Ferguson family history on the web site today. It’s about the equivalent of a 33 page Ms Word document. It has been published as a page on the web site instead of a blog post so there are no subscriber notifications. You can see the page here: http://wp.me/P28nLD-2Ps There is also a menu link on the top menu bar under [Other > Ferguson family history]


♦ Late last year I was contacted by the new owners of Enstone Park at Falmouth on the east coast of Tasmania. They have graciously sent me some magnificent photos of the Ferguson & Urie stained glass window which dates from circa 1868. Once I have assembled my other research notes on the history of Enstone Park I’ll create a new post for the web site. It the meantime you can see my original article here > http://wp.me/p28nLD-aQ


♦ Help! – I’m looking for a contact person in the small town of Balmoral in Western Victoria in the Grampians region who is associated with and has access to St Mary’s  Church in Balmoral. The principal three light window in the church was  made by Ferguson & Urie circa 1895 and depicts St Peter, Christ and St Andrew and was donated by the Armytage family in memory of Charles Henry Armytage (1824-1876) of Fulham. This would represent one of a very few rare windows by the company created post 1895.


♦ Welcome to 2017. This is going to be a strange year at the very least. The world will change significantly and the old saying “History Never Repeats” will be defied I feel.

The latest posts on this site can be seen <here>

I’m still working on many more articles in the background, but they are mostly missing something significant such as photos of the windows or other information to make them a  more interesting read.

Articles of note from 2016 include the history of the chancel windows of St Peter’s Church in Sturt Street Ballarat donated by James Fry. The famous Melbourne Caterer, Charles Doyl Straker, who catered for the Ferguson & Urie employee dinners, and the memorial windows to John Dixon Stodart at the South Yarra Presbyterian Church.


♦ Merry Christmas to all my site followers and those who found a family history gem amongst my posts. I hope 2017 brings more exciting research opportunities to everyone. Forget about wishing the ‘World Peace’ thing as that is never going to happen, but look to the positives that are achievable. If you aim a little lower in your expectations of mankind you will inevitably be surprised now and then.


♦ Another Ferguson & Urie employee has been found!

W. H. Lacey 1887

William Henry Lacey (1868-1920) was born in Dunedin new Zealand to William Henry Lacey Snr & Martha “Minnie” Barclay. He was apprenticed to the Ferguson & Urie company in Australia circa 1882. His cameo photo appears in the 1887 Ferguson & Urie company dinner portraits. In 1891 he married Alice Sarah Lake and they had eight children. William only maintained laboring jobs aligned to decoration, painting and glazing after the closure of Ferguson & Urie in 1899. William died in 1920 aged 52 and was buried at the Kew, Boroondarra cemetery. There were an extraordinary number of people of this exact name in this era, but  the required proofs eventually came from his Will & Probate documents in 1920 which reveal two other Ferguson & Urie Employee’s named Charles William Hardess and Frank Clifford Lording were witnesses to his Will. [A significant article will follow later…]


I’ve found the existence of another Ferguson & Urie triple light window. This one is located at St Mary’s Anglican Church in the tiny township of Balmoral in Western Victoria. No photos yet until I can organise a trip over that way.

I found this article below in Trove on the evening of 13th June 2016 but nothing further known yet other than the window supposedly depicts St Peter, Christ and St Andrew and was donated by the Armytage family in memory of Charles Henry Armytage (1824-1876) of Fulham and it was erected in the church in late 1894.

Hamilton Spectator, Vic, Saturday 26th January 1895, page 3.



On Thursday last, 24th inst., the Bishop of Ballarat opened the new brick church erected at Balmoral, from designs by Rev. R. M. Fulford, modified by Mr. Hill, architect, of Coleraine. It has cost (reckoning the value of furniture and ornaments donated) some £550 in all, and a debt of only £100 remains on it. The church consists of a kind of porch (partly available for baptistry and vestry), nave and chancel in early English style, with handsome triple east window (presented by the Armytage family in memory of the late C. Armytage, Esq., of Fulham), by Ferguson and Urie, much tasteful furniture in kauri pine and cedar; and presents a most complete and attractive appearance. The contractors are Messrs. C. Parker and Sons, of Melbourne, who made handsome contributions to the structure…”

C. H. Armytage was the owner of “Como House & Gardens” from 1864 and donated to the national Trust by his descendants in 1959.


I’ve updated the post 30-03-1882: David Relph Drape, Stained Glass Artist, (1821-1882). This is a complete re-write of Drape’s biography utilising new research of his life in Carlisle prior to 1858.


I’ve updated the article 27-07-1885: St Paul’s Pro Cathedral, Flinders St, Melbourne, Victoria. I’ve included a transcription of a new article I found published in the Church of England Messenger from Sept 1885 which contains the best description of the Prince Consort window I have seen.


I’ve removed all the categories in the web sites drop down menu list that were years/dates and they have been added as tags on individual posted articles. This should make it much easier to navigate the categories list and will be even better when I’ve nested the churches or building names below the town or city they can be found in.


This is an interesting link from the National Library’s “Trove” traces.
http://trovespace.webfactional.com/traces/top-pages/ Somehow this web site ranks as the third highest domain that has citation links to historical newspaper articles on Trove.


I’ve done a small update to the article about St Katherine’s Church at St. Helena.

A scanned copy of an article from The Australian Women’s Weekly, 6th November 1957. Page 12-13. (Vic edition) has been contributed by Steve Whatmoug (22nd Apr 2015) from his original copy of the magazine. The footnote reference to this now loads in a new window to display the relevant pages.


I finally got into St Margaret’s Anglican Church at Bulla near Sunbury on Friday 17th April. Third time lucky!

The liturgical east chancel window is a Ferguson & Urie masterpiece as I suspected so stay tuned for the history post and photos on this one.

A sneak preview of the window can be seen here on my Twitter account


I’ve eventually found a newspaper article from the ‘Advocate’ of 18th March 1871 which specifically mentions Ferguson & Urie by name and I’ve updated the post to include a transcription of it: 1871: St Patrick’s Catholic Church, Wangaratta, Victoria.


On the 22nd of January I received a surprise email from Janice in New Zealand. She has found two more Ferguson & Urie stained glass windows at the former St John’s Wesleyan Church at Nelson. There is absolutely no doubt whatsoever as to the craftsmen of these windows which are dedicated to John Honeycomb Cock and his wife Mary Webber Cock (nee Chigwidden).

Further information, correspondence, and photos are in progress for an article on these windows.


The article about John Lamb Lyon has been updated. New detail, which includes a painting of his wife Elizabeth which was done aboard the ‘Great Britain’ 13th Feb 1872 has been included courtesy of Phil & Lisa from England.


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