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A stained glass window with a Cross of Sacrifice commemorates Lilla Lashmar, a missionary who was beheaded by the Japanese in New Guinea in 1942 during World War Two. The cross in the window was a gift of the Japanese Anglican Church concerning martyrdom of Australian Missionaries at the hands of Japanese soldiers.

Miss Lilla Lashmar, South Australian woman missionary in New Guinea, has been captured by the Japanese. Other Australian missionaries, the Rev. James Benson and Misses May Hayman,of New South Wales, and Mavis Parkinson, of Queensland, who were at Gona Mission, are reported to have been killed, and Miss Margery Brenchley, and Messrs. John Duffill and V. F. B. Redlish also captured.

This news has been received in Adelaide by the Australian Board of Missions. The advice came through the Bishop of New Guinea (Bishop Strong). There are no further details.

Formerly living at Braund Road, Prospect, Miss Lashmar had been with the Australian Board of Inland Missions in New Guinea for several years. Last messages came from her when she was at Sangara between Gona and Kokoda
News (Adelaide), 7 October 1942.


Address:Prospect Road & Ballville Street, St Cuthberts Anglican Church, Prospect, 5082
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.891727
Long: 138.594491
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Window
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event STart Date:03-September-1939
Actual Event End Date:15-August-1945


Front Inscription

This cross is an offering from the Japanese Anglican Church to Saint Cuthbert`s Church, Prospect, South Australia.

The cross was brought from Japan by the Reverend Frank Coaldrake in 1979, and was placed in tis church as an offering to commemorate the life and work of Lilla Lashmar

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