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A stained glass window commemorates the life and work of General Charles Gordon. The window was erected in the main stairwell of Booloominbah, the residence of F.R. White, now the University administrative buildings. 

Gordon’s death in 1885 was the occasion for an outburst of British loyalty and Imperial pride, combined with an assertion of a colonial pride and confidence. The contingent of New South Wales troops which went to assist the British in the Sudan, and perhaps to avenge Gordon’s death, was seen by one Englishman visiting Australia at the time as a ‘demonstration in favour of national identity’.

Window depicted as one scene in the top four segments is the unarmed Gordon wearing a fez, hand upraised to hold back the many armed arabs which surround him, that is, the Battle of Khartoum. In the central eight segments are four scenes. In the left hand upper, Gordon wearing a fez mounted on a white horse and flanked by his soldiers riding into the midst of the Abyssinian army. Right upper, Gordon similarly mounted and clad confronting the slave trader Suleiman at Darfour. Lower left, Gordon wearing a fur hat and greatcoat consulting a map with others in the snow at Sebastapol. Right hand lower, Gordon in Chinese costume conversing with another soldier and a Chinese man flanked by two British sailors who watch gun boats filled with sailors row up the Yangtze River. Lower left is a schoolroom with the seated Gordon teaching children at desks. Lower right, young Gordon at the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich.


Address:Meredith Road & Elm Avenue, University of New England. , Armidale, 2350
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -30.497778
Long: 151.6425
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Window
Monument Theme:People
Monument Designer:Design by Westlake of Lavers, Barraud, and Westlake (London)


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:circa 1901
Source: H, MA
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