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30-April-2014
30-April-2014

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A stained glass window commemorates Thomas Charles Joseph Berry who served on H.M.A.S. Sydney, and drowned whilst swimming in December 1919.

Twelve months ago a great bereavement befell Mr and Mrs J. T. Berry, Of Lincoln Hill Creswick when their Son Stoker Thomas Charles Joseph Berry was drowned. The young man was of fine character, and greatly liked and respected by all who knew him. He joined the Australian Navy, and was attached to the H.M.A.S. Sydney, when off Port Darwin on 6th December, 1919, he was bathing in the sea with some of his messmates, and he was missed by them. A search was made, and his body was found at a depth of about 60 feet, have been washed from the shallows, by the ocean currents. The following day the body was consigned to the sea. The great esteem in which Stoker Berry was held by his comrades on the Sydney was soon evidenced, for they raised a sum of money with which to to erect a memorial, and the location of that memorial was chosen in St. John's Church of England, Creswick where their deceased comrade had worshipped prior to entering the navy. A suggestion that the memorial take take the form of a brass eagle lectern could not be adopted, for the church already had a memorial lectern, and the proposal was made by the vicar (the Rev. F. H. lngamells) that a memorial window be placed in the church, and this was adopted. The crew of the Sydney raised the sum of £50 for the purpose.

A very fine stained glass window was secured, the design chosen being “The Light of the World," with which was incorporated the coat or arms of the Sydney, consisting of a star, crown and anchor, The work of the artist, Mr Montgomery, was extremely well done, and another fine window adorns the beauty of the church. It was placed in its position beside the seat that the late Stoker Berry used to occupy, this work being entrusted to Mr Simon Jory, who carried out his task most creditably. Under the design of “The Light of the World" appear the words. “Lead, kindly Light, lead Thou me on.” Below is the ship’s coat of arms and H.M.A..S. Sydney,” and the following: "To the glory of God, and in loving memory of Stoker Thomas Charles Joseph Berry, of H.M.A.S. Sydney. A tribute from his comrades. He did his duty, and did it well." There was a special service in St. John’s Church last Sunday morning, for the purpose of unveiling the memorial window, and there was a large congregation. A floral anchor had been thoughtfully placed on the pew of the Berry family. The lessons, prayers and hymns were appropriate to the occasion. The Rev. F. H Ingamells, the vicar, conducted the service, and the lessons were read by Sir A. J. Peacock (Minister of Education and Forests). The unveiling ceremony was performed by the vicar, prior to which Sir Alexander Peacock read the licence from the diocesan authorities, giving permission for the erection of the window. The vicar gave a very fine discourse.
Ballarat Star (Vic), 8 December 1920.

Location

Address:103 Napier Street, St John`s Anglican Church, Creswick, 3363
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.42685
Long: 143.89177
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Window
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Tragedy
Actual Event STart Date:06-December-1919
Actual Event End Date:06-December-1919
Monument Designer:William Montgomery (Melbourne, VIC)

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 5th December, 1920
Front Inscription

Lead, kindly Light, lead Thou me on

H.M.A.S.
Sydney

To The Glory Of God And In Loving Memory Of Stoker Thomas Charles Joseph Berry of H.M.A.S. Sydney
A Tribute From His Comrades
He Did His Duty And Did It Well

Source: MA
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