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A window commemorates William George Torr, headmaster and lay preacher, who died in 1939. 

A Bible Christian, Torr became a lay preacher. In 1885 when his Church proposed to establish Way College, a boys' school in Adelaide, he undertook to accept the position of headmaster; having attended the University of Adelaide, he went to England to acquire further qualifications. 

Way College opened in 1892 and in 1899 Torr reported to the government on educational trends he had observed in Britain and other countries. With Methodist union in 1900, Way College was made redundant by the Wesleyans' Prince Alfred College and closed in 1903.

In 1909, he set up and was governor (until 1920) of the Methodist Training Home at Brighton, Adelaide; here he prepared some young men for the ministry and others as lay workers and preachers. When the institution was given to the Methodist Church in 1922, Torr continued as an honorary tutor. 

In memory of the late Dr. W. G. Torr, a stained glass window will be unveiled by the President of the Methodist Conference (Rev. D. J. Wellington) at the Brighton Methodist Church at 3 pm. on Sunday, December 17. Mr. Wellington will also dedicate deaf aid equipment and earphones. An address will be given by the Rev. V. H. Goldney, and others assisting at the ceremony will be the Revs. Eric Tregilgas, C.L. Sanders, and J.H. Pointon.
The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA), 8 December 1939.



Address:443 Brighton Road, Brighton Uniting Church, Brighton, 5048
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.016381
Long: 138.522772
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Window
Monument Theme:People


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 17th December, 1939
Source: ADB, MA
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