Restored stained glass shines new light in Sandy Bay

Media Release


06 December 2015

Joint release with:

Senator Eric Abetz

Senator for Tasmania

St Stephen's Anglican Church has been ‘blessed' with 19 restored stained glass windows at the Parish of Sandy Bay and Taroona in Hobart.

Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said the Australian Government provided $25,000 to the project through the Tasmanian Jobs and Growth Package.

“The Package supports projects which contribute positively to the economic and community development of Tasmania,” Mr McCormack said.

“In the case of St Stephen's, the funding was provided to the Trustees of the Diocese of Tasmania who also contributed $2,965 to restore the church's stained glass windows.”

Senator for Tasmania Eric Abetz, who joined the celebration of thanksgiving at St Stephen's today, said the restoration of windows complemented the Church and attracted new light into the building.

“The stained glass windows have been fully dismantled, rebuilt and cleaned. The sanctuary and entrance porch windows, which get the strong eastern and western sun, have had their mesh screens replaced by special strengthened clear glass to enhance them,” Senator Abetz said.

“The windows were originally installed by families of the parishioners. Holy Wisdom by Napier Waller stands out as the gem of them all.

“Holy Wisdom shows a serene female dressed in crimson who holds the repository of divine knowledge and the key to unlock it. The window also includes seven white doves which form her halo.”

All restoration works were undertaken by the talented Gavin Merrington of Original Stained Glass.

The St Stephen's restoration of stained glass windows project commenced in June 2014.