Updates 2013


I’ve again updated the article 10-10-1895: French stained glass window for St. Patricks R.C. Kilmore.

I’ve done a bit of research on the ‘Rush’ family members and the donor of the window and have included a few paragraphs to give some perspective of the windows history.


We went to St Patrick’s Catholic Church at Kilmore today based on a lead from a journal I found written in 1870. This church does indeed have a magnificent Ferguson & Urie sanctuary window (principal east). It’s a very close copy of the chancel window of St John’s Anglican Church at Toorak!

No history article has been posted on this site yet in regards to the Ferguson & Urie window yet, but I have posted a series of photos on my Flickr photo stream here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/raysalmanac/sets/72157638691524593/

The extra bonus windows were many by William Montgomery in the nave and a magnificent one by ‘Earley Studios’ from 1953 which, along with Harry Clarke, are my favorite modern stained glass artists.

The other bonus was a photo of the supposed ‘French’ stained glass window in the east wall that was installed by a “capable workman from the firm Ferguson & Urie”. This was reported in October 1895 which is only four years before the company folded. See: http://wp.me/p28nLD-JX.


We went to Flemington today (amongst many other places) and got a photo of the street sign for “Urie Lane” in Flemington. The lane-way, between 17 and 19 Waltham Street in Flemington was named in honour of Ferguson & Urie partner James Urie in 2013. The laneway is only a hundred meters down Waltham Street from James Urie’s house ‘Glencairn’ (now St  Brendan’s Presbytery) which is on the corner of Wellington & Waltham Streets.

[See: Updated Article | Photo | Map]


Added photo of the pink granite memorial found at the Melbourne General Cemetery to the article about the James Goodall Francis window at St Mary’s Anglican Church at Sunbury.


I was graciously invited by Marilyn Kenny to the Essendon Historical Society’s book launch for “The Grand Mansions of Essendon & District 1880-1892”. Pages 26 to 28 of the book has some photos and detail about James Urie’s mansion “Glencairn” from this web site (by permission). The article about Glencairn was written by Marilyn Kenny and was very professionally done and does justice to the Ferguson & Urie history.

See: http://www.esshissoc.org.au/


Managed to get into St Mary’s Catholic Church at Lancefield on Sunday the 24th to photograph the Ferguson & Urie Chancel window. I don’t have enough information to make a decent article for this web site as yet but I have uploaded a very detailed series of photos of the window on my Flickr site which you can see at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/raysalmanac/sets/72157637996176926/


Added some detailed shots of the Ferguson & Urie west rose window from St Mary of the Angels Basilica at Geelong to the Flickr set. I took these photos on the 4th Nov 2013 using my new Canon Powershot Sx50 at maximum zoom on a tripod from about 60/70 meters distance.

See: http://www.flickr.com/photos/raysalmanac/sets/72157637752964746/


I’ve added the full cycle of detailed photographs of the Ferguson & Urie windows at All Saint’s Anglican Church, South Hobart to the Flickr account.

See: http://www.flickr.com/photos/raysalmanac/sets/72157637215071116/

Also added detailed shots of the window and church for St John the Baptist at Ouse, Tasmania.

See: http://www.flickr.com/photos/raysalmanac/sets/72157637215951323/


I’ve added the full cycle of Ferguson & Urie stained glass windows, with detailed shots,  to the St George’s, Queenscliff, Victoria set on my Flickr photos account. This is an incredible collection of Ferguson & Urie stained glass windows.

See: http://www.flickr.com/photos/raysalmanac/sets/72157637215431474/

All these windows at St George’s have their own detailed story on this web site which you can find in the Queenscliff category at:



My post about John Dixon Wyselaskies’ “‘Narrapumelap” Mansion at Wickliffe in western Victoria has had a major work-over. I’ve added a significant  timeline of the history and owners from Wyselaskie to current times which includes detail not included in his official biography.

See post: 18-01-1873: Wyselaskie’s ‘Narrapumelap’ Homestead at Wickliffe.


Visited Sacred Heart College at Newtown in Geelong on the 17th Oct 2013. I’ve known of the existence of the great east window designed by Ferguson & Urie’s artist David Relph Drape for some time but only got to see it in person on the 17th. It’s a stunning window! The extra bonus was another five windows!

I’m working on an article about the history of the College and windows at the moment but if you want to see the great east window and detailed shots as well as the five other Ferguson & Urie windows at the college you can see them on my Flickr photo stream here:


Geoff from Geoffrey Wallace Stained Glass has published his winter edition of his eMagazine the ‘Stained Glass Observer‘.

There’s some fascinating information for everyone in these very informative magazines.


Minor update to the post 1872: St John’s Anglican Church, Raymond Terrace, New South Wales.

I neglected to include the transcription of the consecration of St John’s in 1862 so I’ve added it to the existing file and uploaded it again.

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Changed the web site background image . It’s now a portion of the canopy of the Ferguson & Urie chancel window of St Judes at Carlton.

See: 20-07-1867: St Jude’s Church, Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.


Added a little extra info to the post 05-02-1872: St Mary of the Angels Basilica, Geelong, Victoria.

A para from “Antipodean Gothic – University of Melbourne Thesis, G. Marie Moore 1984, P279” has been included for context.


A minor update to the post 07-12-1861: The 1861 Melbourne Industrial Exhibition by the inclusion of one image. Today I took a photo of the Royal Mint building built in 1872 in William Street. This is the exact spot that Melbourne’s first Exhibition Building was built on where Ferguson & Urie won a prize for “Ornamental Glazing” and undoubtedly teamed up with John Lamb Lyon.


A complete historical timeline and Bio has been done for an older post: 21-03-1871: Struan House, Launceston, Tasmania.

This was done in response to the article about his elder brother William Robertson who became the largest landholder in Western Victoria who coincidentally has a magnificent Ferguson & Urie stained glass window dedicated at St Andrew’s at Colac. See: 1877: St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Colac, Victoria.

The coincidence is that both men had, in death or life, stained glass windows erected by them, or in their memory by the Ferguson & Urie stained glass company.


A couple of extra images have been added to the post 1988: Monash Medical Centre, Clayton, Victoria. This includes additional pictures and historical comparisons of the original Dr. James George Beaney Building in Collins/Russell street Melbourne from 1891 to 2013, plus some great lampooning images of the controversial Quack Doctor.


A complete rewrite has been done to the post 26-07-1872: Memorial Congregational, Elizabeth and Brisbane streets, Hobart, Tasmania.

Three simple previous posts have been combined into one and a complete new article has been put together with significant detail of the church history as well as the windows, plus a couple of extra photos and links to biographical information of the key figures involved.


Added some photos of the memorial at the Kew, Boroondarra Cemetery of James Fergusson, M.L.A, who owned the Glenferrie mansion at Malvern.

See: 18-08-1951: Zeerust/Glenferrie Mansion, Malvern, Victoria.


Added photos of the original Dr John Singleton Dispensary building in Wellington Street Collingwood. See post: 1897: The Singleton Dispensary, Collingwood, Victoria.  One end of the old building is now a business called “Wet on Wellington“, advertised as “Melbourne’s Finest Gay Pool & Sauna”. I’m pretty that the old Dr John Singleton would have been amazed at the architectural advancement of Collingwood and Melbourne and even more amazed that his old dispensary building still stands, but I’m not sure that anyone could explain to him what a “Gay Pool & Sauna” was !!!!!!!


Additional historical photos have been added to the post 22-08-1884: The Ferguson & Urie Building, 281-283 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria. Between late 1884, when the building erected and 1915 when it was demolished there were a number of obscure photographs taken of Collins street, which by coincidence, included the Ferguson & Urie building at address 281-283 Collins Street (formerly numbered 10 Collins street East).


My new post of today, “1867: St Peter’s Anglican Church, Woolloomooloo, Sydney, New South Wales“, is a combination of three previous simple posts in a complete re-write. It includes a significant amount of new research information on the history of St Peters Anglican Church at Woolloomooloo, which is now known as the “Great Hall” of the Sydney Church of England Girls Grammar School (SCEGGS). Also included is a significant amount of biographical information on the first incumbent, the Rev George Harman Moreton whom the stained glass window is a tribute to. The person who donated the window, “James Gordon” has been very elusive to identify other than him being the initial Warden and Treasurer of St Peter’s. The only other feasible reference to him’ is in April 1879 when a daughter of a ‘James Gordon’ of ‘Home Rule, Gulgong’, (Margaret Elizabeth Gordon), was married a Mr Holland by the Rev Moreton at St Peters, Woolloomooloo. Other than that, there doesn’t appear to be anything else to sufficiently associate any other ‘James Gordon’ outside of the church circles to the donor of the Ferguson & Urie window. Whomever he is, it’s reasonable to assume that he is wealthy enough to afford the £182 cost of the window.


I’ve added a further 28 detailed images of the Ferguson & Urie windows located at James Ferguson’s house “Ayr Cottage” in Leonard street Parkville. These new images comprise a very detailed collection of all the existing stained glass. Thanks to International House Librarian Laurel Clark for the tour on the 19th June 2013. These additional images represent a fantastic collection in stained glass.

See post: 1886: The History of Ayr Cottage, Leonard Street, Parkville, Melbourne, Victoria.

June 2013

Geoffrey Wallace publishes his first eMagazine “The Stained Glass Observer”, a quarterly magazine devoted to discussing and appreciating Victoria’s stained glass heritage. This first issue is a very informative introduction to the the appreciation of stained glass and covers some of the history & techniques of the Medieval art. A considerable number of images are included, some of which are of Ferguson & Urie stained glass which the Geoffrey Wallace studio has performed conservation/restoration work on. See Geoffrey’s first issue of the eMagazine at: The SGO Issue 1.  Winter 2013


Another update to post 19-09-1863: Norman Lodge AKA Manyung, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria. Michael Pater of Pater Leadlights has provided a couple of images of post repair work of the broken piece in the window. Michael was commissioned for the restoration work. The artist who performed the glass painting was Robyn Lingard of “Robyn Lingard Glassworks”.


Updated post 1863: St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Collingwood, Victoria. Photos of the three light Crucifixion window by Ferguson & Urie have been added and have been kindly contributed by Dr. Bronwyn Hughes. These early photos were taken in the 1990’s. The last photos of the burnt out shell of St Joseph’s I took on the 7th Nov 2010.


Updated post 19-09-1863: Norman Lodge AKA Manyung, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria. Thanks to Michael Galimany, of Lovell Chen Architects & Heritage Consultants, and with the permission of Mr Chas Jacobsen, current owner of ‘Norman Lodge’ (formerly Richard Grice’s mansion’Manyung’ built in 1863), Michael’s photos of the Ferguson & Urie window from 2004 have been included on the article.


Updated post 12-04-1875: Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Port Chalmers, New Zealand. Mr Bill Lloyd from Port Chalmers, New Zealand, has gone out of his way to locate and get copies, and reproduction authority from the Hocken Library, University of Otago, of some historical images of the inside of Holy Trinity in the early 1900’s which show the Ferguson & Urie stained glass window when it was originally in the chancel.


Updated post 21-04-1872: Presbyterian Church, Napier St, Fitzroy, Victoria. An addition extract from an 1872 newspaper article has been added which specifically names Ferguson & Urie as the makers of the stained glass windows, although they were mentioned as “Messrs. Urie and Fergusson”.


Updated post 20-10-1885: Christ Church, Frederick St, Launceston, Tasmania. This is a complete re-write of the article and includes all the transcriptions of the newspaper articles of the time. The subject of the stained glass window in Christ Church, W. S. Button is also painted not quite as honest as it would seem in relation to his initial election as the first Mayor of Launceston.


Updated post 19-06-1873: St. Andrew’s Church of England Cathedral, Sydney, New South Wales. Thanks to historian Karla Whitmore and a photo by Ken Burke, the “Mary Ann Stephen” memorial window by Ferguson & Urie is now included in the article. Additional historic articles about, Mary Ann Stephen (nee Pasmore) have also been added as well as links to biographies.


Updated a reference page about transfers or transparencies on glass which was known under the patent names of Glacier, Crystograph and Diaphanie. There are also a number of articles I’ve posted previously that mentioned occurrences of of these transparencies, most of which were used to decorate shop fronts for the Royal visits.

See: https://fergusonandurie.wordpress.com/category/transparencies-on-glass/


Updated post 06-01-1865: The warehouse of Mr. Howie, Linen Draper of Bourke Street East, Melbourne. Some detail has come to light as to whom Howie was and the address of the warehouse in Bourke street.


Updated post 19-11-1886: Auction of the Curzon Street Cottages. A partial municipal map has been included which show the three key addresses for the Ferguson & Urie building (no.42) and the Little Curzon street homes of James Ferguson (no.24) and James Urie (no.28).


Updated post 18-01-1873: Wyselaskie’s ‘Narrapumelap’ Homestead at Wickliffe. I’m still finding odd little rudimentary iPhone video clips I’ve taken but forgotten about and so I’ve uploaded two short clips to YouTube and embedded them into the article. They aren’t good quality but certainly give a better perspective of what the old mansion is like. There are two short videos, one is almost a 360 degree view from the top of the vine covered tower at sunset and the other is a walk through the mansion and the B&B out the back.


Updated post 14-02-1891: Probate notice for Crawford Kier, son in law of James Ferguson. This article made mention of a stained glass window made by Crawford Kier’s uncles, “W & J.J. Kier” of Scotland for the Presbyterian church in Strathalbyn, South Australia and I have included the response from Mr Brian Simpson (4th October 2012) as to the fate of the window.


Updated post 03-07-1869: St. John’s Anglican Church, Ross, Tasmania. The entire slideshow of photos has been updated with  a complete new cycle of photos taken on the 12th August 2012 whilst on a ‘stained glass’ road trip hosted by Gavin Merrington. We managed to find a local parishioner who graciously gave us access for photos which include Gavin’s restoration work on one of the single lancet windows that was damaged by an intruder in 2006.


Updated post 15-05-1891: The 1876 Melbourne Cup winner ‘Briseis’ in stained glass. I obtained an original Cigaret collector card of Briseis on eBay which arrived today. The card is very small and is described as:
“Wills Cigarettes issued a set of cigarette cards in 1906 titled “Melbourne Cup Winners”. There were 45 unnumbered cards needed to make the set from 1861 to 1905. The cards were also issued with and without a “Capstan Cigarettes” legend on the front.” A copy of the front and back of the card has been added to the photo slideshow.


Updated post 21-04-1872: Presbyterian Church, Napier St, Fitzroy, Victoria. I was graciously invited to the church by the new owner, Glenn Morris, who purchased the property last year for redevelopment as boutique housing. Photos are all updated and a transcription of the text in the three scrolls in the five light west window is included.


Updated post 15-05-1891: The 1876 Melbourne Cup winner ‘Briseis’ in stained glass. Added a copy of the engraving depicting the 1876 Melb Cup plus Obits of the times for James Wilson (owner trainer of Briseis) and minor Obit detail for the jockey Peter “St. Albans” Bowden. The last few paras of the post include some very interesting detail about how this Melb Cup trophy was the only one presented in an 18 year period!


Updated post for 07-04-1882: St George’s Church, Queenscliff, Victoria. I found a rudimentary walk around the windows video I took with my iPhone 3GS on the 6th January 2012 and have uploaded it to YouTube and embedded it on this post. The video quality isn’t that great but shows a different perspective in conjunction with the detailed photos.


Updated the post about Labassa Mansion at Caulfield Nth (also known as Sylliot-Hill and Ontario in the past). Detailed photos taken on the 16th Feb 2013 have been added as well as an embedded YouTube clip about Labassa  from 2010. Also attended the ‘Return to Labassa’ event at the mansion today.


Update post 26-06-1868: St. John’s Church, Toorak, Melbourne, Victoria. New images and information have been added as the original Ferguson & Urie design for this window has been found (Feb 2013) and images and comparisons have been added to the article.


Updated post 27-07-1885: St Paul’s Pro Cathedral, Flinders St, Melbourne, Victoria. Some fantastic new historical images of St Paul’s Church in Flinders street have been added (prior to demolition for the Cathedral in 1885), and show the original ‘Prince Consort’ window (now at St John’s, Sorrento) and the St Peter window (now at St Paul’s Warragul).

♦ Updated post 29-01-1866: St George’s Anglican Church, Queenscliff, Victoria. An image has been found of the original design for the chancel window of St George’s and this has now been included in the slideshow of photos.


♦ Updated post 30-03-1882: Death of stained glass artist David Relph Drape. Two new images added of original paintings by Drape from 1871. Royal Park ‘North Paddock’ [D.R. Drape 1871] and Royal Park ‘Road to the Model Farm’ [D.R. Drape 1871].


♦ Updated post for 1878: St Mark’s Anglican Church, Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand. Three new black and white photos added from the Auckland City Library (via Janice Ball, 11th Feb 2013) of the chancel windows prior to the 1935 fire from the ‘Sir George Grey Collections’


♦ Updated 1881: St. Saviour’s Church, Templeton, New Zealand. Some additional detail and references included,


♦ Visited St Stephen’s Anglican Church in Mount Waverley today. In 1915 it was reported that a round Ferguson & Urie window, erected in 1865, had been blown in and crashed 15ft to the church floor. Needless to say, I didn’t hold much hope that the window would have been salvaged and repaired, but I’ve happily been proven wrong again. The window still exists and proudly sits where it was erected nearly one and a half centuries ago. See updated post with photos: 04-12-1915: St Stephen’s Church, Mount Waverley, Victoria.


♦ Updated post 23-07-1883: St James’s Old Cathedral, Melbourne. Thanks to Dr Bronwyn Hughes for pointing out the article about the erection of the window as detailed in the Argus, 23 July 1883, p.5


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