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Photographs supplied by Arthur Garland

The mosaic Reredos and honour roll commemorate members of the parish who were died in service or were killed in action in World War One.  It lists 25 names.

The Reredos is an interpretation of Leonardo da Vinci's 'The Last Supper'    A plaque was also erected in the church listing the names of the twenty-four men who died.

At yesterday's service at St John's Church the Venerable Archdeacon Beresford assisted by the rector the Rev C Crotty dedicated a handsome mosaic reredos erected as a memorial to soldiers from St John's parish who fell in the war.

The reredos is a beautifully coloured representation of Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting "The Last Supper", cut on glass tiles similar to those used in Westminster Abbey, and it is considered to be the finest work of its kind in Australia. The cost of the reredos which has been subscribed for by the parishioners was about £400.
The Mercury (Hobart), 11th July 1921.  

Note : the “Tasmanian War Memorials Data Base” , compiled by Fred Thornett which is located at the State Library of Tasmania, contains a comprehensive listing of the names on this reredos.


Address:157 St John Street, St John`s Anglican Church, Launceston, 7250
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -41.4399641
Long: 147.1411364
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Religious Object
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:04-August-1914
Actual Event End Date:28-June-1919


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 10th July, 1921
Front Inscription

To the glory of God

And in grateful memory of the men from this Parish who gave their lives in the Great War 1914 1919.

The reredos in this church has been erected by the parishioners.

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Be thou faithful unto death and I will give thee the crown of life.


Source: MA,SKP,TWM
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au