Vi­sion to colour war mem­o­ries

Memo­rial win­dow shines


LOOK­ING through his­toric pa­pers re­cently I came across this write-up re­gard­ing the RSL Memo­rial win­dow and I’m sure you’ll find it in­ter­est­ing.

The mag­nif­i­cent stained glass win­dow in the Ip­swich Memo­rial Hall was un­veiled by then-Gov­er­nor Sir Mathew Nathan on Novem­ber 30, 1922. Among the vis­i­tors present at the un­veil­ing was the Duchess of Hamil­ton who was hol­i­day­ing in Aus­tralia. A re­port at that time said many dig­gers who had passed through her hospi­tal in Eng­land had cause to re­mem­ber her ten­der care for the sick and wounded.

It was claimed the Memo­rial Win­dow was the finest ex­am­ple of stained glass pro­duced in Aus­tralia. A bronze in­scrip­tion be­low the win­dow states: “This win­dow was erected by the Ip­swich Train Tea So­ci­ety and the lit­tle chil­dren who helped them, in grate­ful mem­ory of the men who gave their lives to keep our Em­pire, Lib­erty and Homes in­vi­o­late”.

The whole of the work was car­ried out by the Bris­bane firm of RS Ex­ton Co Ltd, to a de­sign sub­mit­ted by Mr W Bus­tard. The work was ex­e­cuted un­der the di­rec­tion of Mr C H Lan­caster.

Glasses used in the win­dow were said to be the best English an­tiques.

Cen­tre fea­ture of the de­sign is a fig­ure of St Michael rep­re­sent­ing the An­gel of Vic­tory with out­spread wings em­brac­ing four sol­dier fig­ures rep­re­sent­ing the 9th, 15th and 26th Bat­tal­ions and the 5th Light Horse.

St Michaels is shown stand­ing on a globe rep­re­sent­ing the earth with the crushed Ger­man ea­gle ly­ing at its base and in his hands, he is hold­ing a sheathed sword and the Palm of Vic­tory.

The field of Flanders is shown in the back­ground with scar­let pop­pies and crosses, while a band of cherubs form a valu­able line in the de­sign.

The motto on the win­dow is “Vincit Qui Pat­i­tur” which means “He who en­dures con­quers”.

In­spi­ra­tion for the Memo­rial Win­dow came from Mrs JA Cameron, wife of Dr Cameron Snr, who was pres­i­dent of the Train Tea So­ci­ety. This world War Or­gan­i­sa­tion met ev­ery troop train tak­ing sol­diers to and from the war and served them tea at the Ip­swich Rail­way Sta­tion.

At the open­ing of the Memo­rial Hall, Mrs Cameron gave an un­der­tak­ing that money would be raised for a Memo­rial Win­dow and she or­gan­ised en­ter­tain­ments and other ef­forts to raise funds for the win­dow.

The Mayor Ald AT Stephen­son who presided at the open­ing of the Memo­rial Hall said it was the best memo­rial that could be found in any sin­gu­lar city in the Com­mon­wealth.

Ded­i­cat­ing the memo­rial Win­dow the Rec­tor of St Paul’s Angli­can Church, the Rev A St J Heard said his­tory was the foun­da­tion of fu­ture progress. Memo­ri­als should al­ways be a means whereby all con­cerned were stim­u­lated to a more ac­tive recog­ni­tion of their du­ties and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to the re­turned men.


A VI­SION: The beau­ti­ful Memo­rial Win­dow at (in­set) Ip­swich Memo­rial Hall.

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