This article by Ailish Delaney appeared in the South Western Times on 31 December 2020
Almost 100 years since it was unveiled, a memorial window recognising the names of those from Bunbury’s old Wesley Church congregation who served in World War I has been restored to its former glory.
The stained glass window was originally installed in April 1921 and was unveiled by the WA Governor at the time, Sir Francis Newdegate, as a token of remembrance for those who sacrificed for the safety of others.
Bunbury Historical Society president Graham Houghton said he was “gobsmacked” by the condition of the refurbished window.
The society paid for the refurbishment process out of its own pocket to bring the window back to its original glory.
“I’ve never seen parts of it like this before, it’s absolutely beautiful,” Mr Houghton said.
“It was so corroded before that you could not read the names or see the intricate details.
“I’m totally gobsmacked (the artists) have been able to get it back to this quality.”
Perth Art Glass’ Ian Dixon undertook the refurbishments, with a special mention to Linda Etherington who was considered to be instrumental in the restoration process by the team.
The window underwent a total refurbishment process, which removed the old lead that was corroding the artwork.
Next year marks 100 years since its unveiling, and the historical society hopes to hold a commemorative ceremony with those who have ties to the names displayed.