The window behind the sanctuary of St Johns Anglican Church, in Canberra, A.C.T., Australia.
As yet I don’t know the background of the window, but thought it was wonderful. It caught my eye while we were at our son’s wedding rehearsal in the church.
Stay tuned for further history and stories. I do know the church is the oldest in Canberra, having been built initially as the Campbell family chapel on their sheep station in the area. So the window most likely dates from then.
The history of the window
‘The Lamb of God’
The large window at the east end of the Church is in memory of Robert Campbell and is inscribed: “In Memoriam Roberti Campbell Armig. Hugus Ecclesiae Fundatoris obit A.D. 1846 aetatis suae 77”, which may be translated: “In Memory of Robert Campbell Esq., of this church the founder, died A.D. 1846, in the 77th year of his age.”
The left panel of the window illustrates the angel telling Zacharias that he will become the father of John. The centre panel shows St John the Baptist baptising Jesus in the River Jordan. The right panel illustrates St John the Baptist foretelling the coming of our Lord. The banner is inscribed: “Agnes Dei” (Lamb of God). The family crest in the centre panel has the motto: “Agite pro viribus” (work with all your might). This window was installed in 1874.