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29-July-2015
29-July-2015

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The Great West Window erected by public subscription commemorates Reverend Dr Patrick Bonaventure Geoghegan, the first Catholic missionary of Victoria.

The Great West Window depicts the Ascension of Our Lord into Heaven. Installed in 1867, the window depicts:

  • Our Lady and eleven apostles (lower register), with Bishop Geoghegan as St John the Evangelist to the right of Our Lady
  • Our Lord ascending into Heaven (central panel, middle register)
  • Angels carrying scrolls with Latin texts from the Acts of the Apostles ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up to heaven’ and ‘This Jesus who is taken up from you into Heaven’ (panels on either side)
  • Old Testament prophets, priests, patriarchs, kings and holy men and women (roundels)
  • The Book of the Apocalypse (top register)
  • The Blessed Trinity (window above)

We are informed that it is proposed by the friends of the late Right Rev. Dr. Geoghegan, Bishop of Adelaide and Goulburn, to commemorate his public services to Victoria, as its first Catholic missionary, by purchasing from England a memorial window of stained glass, for the great western window of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. A magnificent design by Hardman, valued at £1,000, the subject of which is the Ascension of our Lord, has been submitted for this purpose, and approved of by the bishop and architect of the church. A likeness of the late bishop will be introduced amongst the crowd of awestricken bystanders, with a suitable scroll, intended to be an everlasting memorial of the affectionate esteem of the subscribers, and an ever-present appeal for the prayers of the faithful in his behalf. Subscription-lists will be prepared in the course of a few days, and left at the principal banking establishments and public places in Melbourne.
The Argus (Melbourne), 28th February 1865.

 

Location

Address:Gisborne Street & Cathedral Place, St Patrick`s Cathedral , East Melbourne, 3002
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.809974
Long: 144.976124
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Window
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Religion
Monument Designer:Hardman (England)
Link: http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/adbonl…

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1867
Front Inscription
Plaque

DEDICATIONS
THE WEST WINDOW  TO THE MEMORY OF
BISHOP PATRICK BONAVENTURE GEOGHEGAN OFM
FIRST PRIEST IN PORT PHILLIP DISTRICT
LATER BISHOP OF ADELAIDE AND BISHOP OF GOULBURN
+ IN 1867+

CENTRAL SPIRE
TO THE MEMORY OF ARCHBISHOP THOMAS JOSEPH CARR
TWIN FRONT SPIRES
TO THE MEMORY OF OF ARCHBISHOP JAMES ALIPIUS GOOLD O S A 
NARTHEX AND ENTRANCE 
TO THE MEMORY OF DEAN JOHN FITZPATRICK
DEAN THOMAS DONAGHY
AND OTHER PIONEER PRIESTS AND PEOPLE
+ 1939 OCTOBER 29 BY ARCHBISHOP MANNIX+

 
Source: MA, ADB
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