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A stained glass window commemorates the New Guinea Martyrs.

333 Christians lost their lives in New Guinea during the invasion and occupation of the island by the Japanese forces during Word War Two. The four women depicted in the stained glass window are representative of those who remained at their posts, refusing to desert the people they cared for.

In January 1942 the Anglican bishop, Philip Strong, had broadcast an appeal to them to stay at their work, come what may. Many of the missionaries themselves wished to stay and had already resisted calls to turn to safety. On 21 July 1942 the Japanese invaded the island near the mission station at Gona where Mavis Parkinson, a teacher, and May Hayman, a nurse, were based.

Eventually they were caught and murdered by the Japanese at Popondetta in August 1942. Their bodies were later recovered and buried at Sangara Mission Station. Mavis Parkinson came from Ipswich and May Hayman from Fortitude Valley. Lilla Lashmar, a teacher, and Margery Brenchley, a nurse, who had been working at Sangara Mission Station were beheaded on the beach at Buna. Their bodies were never recovered, as it was believed that they were thrown into the sea.


Address:373 Ann Street, St John`s Cathedral, Brisbane, 4000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -27.463707
Long: 153.029816
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Window
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event STart Date:03-September-1939
Actual Event End Date:15-August-1945


Front Inscription

Margery Brenchley
May Hayman
Lilla Lashmar
Mavis Parkinson

The noble army of martyrs

Praise thee

Source: MA
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