Historic window pays tribute to fallen soldiers
A significant piece of Bunbury’s history will spend its 22nd Remembrance Day at King Cottage Museum after being remarkably saved from the scrapheap in the late 1970s.
The historic stained glass window was first unveiled back in April, 1921 by Governor Francis Newdegate and tells the story of the people who never came home from World War I.
The four-metre high window pays tribute to the 76 gallant men and boys from the church who lost their lives fighting for the British Empire between 1914-1918.
It is the only piece of the Wesley Church that remains since the demolition in 1978, after looking seemingly destined for the tip.
Twelve years later the window was restored and donated to the Bunbury Historical Society, where it is a prized feature at the museum.
Bunbury Historical Society president Margaret Fleay described the window as ‘‘one of the most valuable possessions in our museum’’.
‘‘It is in a prominent position so that it’s shown in its full glory,’’ Fleay said.
‘‘It could have easily been lost when the church was demolished, but some enterprising person managed to salvage it and we were very lucky to receive it.’’
To look after it the historical society has encased the window in two pieces of glass, but unfortunately the lead has disintegrated with time.
There will be a Remembrance Day ceremony at the Bunbury War Memorial at 10.40am tomorrow, with a fall in at 10.50am, the last post and a minute of silence will be at 11am.
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