NQ History Blogger - on the road

I was recently holidaying in Victoria and during my travels came across a lovely old church holding a second-hand book sale. I was thrilled to find that inside the church was a beautiful stained glass window dedicated to three brothers who died serving Australia in WWI and WWII.  It was a bit unusual, so I thought I'd share it with you. Even though it has no connection to North Queensland, I hope you enjoy it just the same.

Stained glass window inside St. Paul's Anglican Church in Yarra Glen, Victoria.
Photo: Trisha Fielding, 2017.
When I noticed this stained glass window, in St. Paul's Anglican Church in Yarra Glen, I asked the lady who was running the book stall for permission to take a photograph of it. She said that yes, that was okay, and a few minutes later, while I was still admiring it, and wondering what the story behind it was, she came up and told me a little bit about the history of it. Because of the dates, I had already guessed that two of the sons had died during the First World War, and that possibly the third son had died during the Second World War. This lovely lady (I wish I had thought to ask her name) confirmed that theory. She told me that when Mrs McLeod died, she left money to the church for a stained glass window to be erected honouring her sons. What a beautiful way to ensure that the memory of her sons lived on forever.

Alexander John McLeod, eldest son of Alexander and Elizabeth McLeod, died at Lone Pine, 16 August 1915, aged 19.
Leslie John McLeod, enlisted in the 9th Light Horse Regiment in July 1915, in Melbourne. He contracted meningitis en route to Fremantle on the transport ship HMAT Kyarra, and died from the illness. He was 17.
Othel Keith McLeod (known as Keith), enlisted with the 2/33 Australian Infantry Battalion in January 1943. He died while serving in New Guinea.


You can read more at:
http://www.yarraglenhistory.com.au/a-z/M/mcleod-family

And this web page is also very interesting, and gives more information about the McLeod sons, as well as their mother.
https://shireatwar.com/2015/08/16/48-alexander-john-mcleod-1709-and-leslie-john-mcleod-1077/

Yarra Glen Anglican Church.
Photo: Trisha Fielding, 2017.
The lady in the church was very proud of her town's history and told me that the church was originally in a different location, and had been moved to its present site around 1900, to be closer to the railway station (although the rail line now no longer goes to Yarra Glen). The timber stays at the side of the church were put there to ensure the church didn't blow over during high winds! It was wonderful that this lady took the time to share these stories with me.

Yarra Glen Anglican Church.
Courtesy: yarraglenhistory.com.au 
For more about the history of the church, read:
http://www.yarraglenhistory.com.au/a-z/S/st-pauls-anglican-church-yarra-glen

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