Historic memorial window restored to former glory

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.

Window into Natural World

This article appeared in the Fremantle Herald on 27 April 2021 

A stunning series of feature windows designed by O’Connor based stained glass extraordinaire Ian Dixon will take pride of place at a state-of-the-art residential care facility being built in Dunsborough.

The windows – depicting black cockatoos, eucalyptus and flowering gums – will be installed next week in the reception area at Capecare Dunsborough, which is due to open mid-year.

Mr Dixon’s business, Perth Art Glass, was commissioned to create the three-panel artwork and he will personally help with the installation.

“Although i did the design work and I did all the glass selection, the actual crafting was a team effort,” he said.

“Our brief was to reflect the local environment with the new facility being adjacent to a nature reserve and so close to the coast.

“The hand-painted cockatoos and flowering gums lend a unique quality that elevates the work beyond standard leadlight.”

After spending three days designing the windows – which are worth about $9000 – it took Mr Dixon and his workers Simon Cook and Linda Etherington about four weeks to handcraft them.

Mr Dixon said while stained glass has been around for many centuries there were only a few people seriously dedicated to the artform in Perth/

“I’ve been doing it for 36-years,” he said.

“Nothing has changed, really in hundreds of years in the way that these are made.

“Some of the tools we have are probably a little better than some of the ones that were around 100 years ago, but everything is still hand-done so they’re very bespoke.

“It’s particularly important that architectural windows such as these are built with strength and longevity in mind.”

The windows will be among a number of artworks, including exterior murals and sculpture, set to

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