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The Beauty Within (Posted On: Monday, January 26, 2009)

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During a visit to All Saints’ Anglican Church with guests from our Sister City, Katano, Japan I found myself admiring the beautiful stained glass works within the Church and with permission from The Reverend Heather Stacey I was able to take some photos to share with you.

All Saints’ Anglican Church is recognized as one of the most beautiful and historic Anglican parish churches on Ontario and stands as one of the most significant buildings, historically and architecturally. The nave of the present Church was erected in 1858 and is one of a handful of buildings remaining from the town’s earlier days.

Stained Glass Windows:

Between 1902 and 1992, the original windows of the Church were replaced by the magnificent stained

glass that we see today. Among the most significant are the three windows in the south wall above the altar that depict the “Ascension of Our Lord”. These windows installed in 1925, commemorate the sacrifice of the twenty-eight men* of the parish who gave their lives in the Great War of 1914 – 1918.

In 1947, the two windows in the north wall of the west transept were placed there in recognition of the fifty years of service given to the town of Collingwood by Public Health Nurse, Ethel M. Dawson, R.N., a member of the parish. Nurse Dawson was a public health nurse and member of the first graduating class of the G&M Hospital. She devoted her life to service in the community (erected June 20, 1947).

The two windows, “St. Michael” and “St. George” at the north end of the west wall of the nave, are in memory of C.T. Arthur and C.M. Ross of the Royal Australian Air Force, whose plane went down in Georgian Bay, in February of 1941. The original paintings of these windows, by a war artist at the time, hang in the War Memorial in Canberra, Australia (artist Werner, erected November 5, 1944).

*the names of the twenty-eight men inscribed on the window are:
Dalton Bailey
Robert E. Boyce
Roy E. Campbell
Harold Clarke
Alexander Connell
George R. Cook
Thomas Dare
J. Kenneth Dawson
Henry A. Duncan
Frederick C. Erie
Abram Gibson
Robert V. Gilpin
Ernest Griffin Lawrence R. Hartley
Charles Kirby
Edward L. Knight
Matthew Lightheart
John R. Orr
Earl O’Hara
Earnest Podmore
E. Harry Pulham
Frank R. Shannon
Thomas J. Shephero
Robert Soulsby
Herbert Thomas
Arthur E. Willison
Harold Varley

Special thanks to Bruce Mackison for taking the time to meet with me and provide the information for this article of interest. 

To view more photos of the stained glass windows at All Saints’ Anglican Church click here to visit our community photo gallery.

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