The men from left to right are Gary Cornelios, Bishop Philip Huggins, Michael Nardella (KRF Chairman), Peter Toyne, Rev Ruhan Palapathwala, Peter Crook and Noel Speakman.
Sunday December 11 was an important event in the road to recovery of St Peter’s memorial church. The original church was lost on Black Saturday and has now been replaced by the new St Peter’s. Its reason for existing has not changed however. It still commemorates the lost soldiers of WW1 and has become a focal point for Anzac Day. On Sunday the new church again showed its’ importance as a community venue with a threefold event.
A piano recital by Max and Hayden Reader was well received by a full house. At intermission, Bishop Philip Huggins dedicated six new windows in the west wall of the church which commemorate the loss of life and property during Black Saturday. The design, manufacture and installation of the windows involved many volunteers from the community and thus continued a proud tradition at St Peter’s. After the concert, a book by Jillian Durance, detailing the history of the church, was launched.
Kinglake Ranges Foundation played an important part in the realization of the commemorative windows by providing a grant of $6000 during the 2016 round.
Report courtesy of Peter Toyne (artist)
Four of the six window panels are depicted below.