Window, commemorative; [?]; c1902; 2011.260


Window, commemorative

About this object

Commemorative window; a tall, narrow stained glass window, made in loving memory of Joseph William Ashmore, of the Seventh New Zealand Contingent who was killed in action in South Africa, February 24th 1902.

This window was installed in St Matthias' Anglican church, Owaka. The small church, dedicated to Saint Matthias, was built early in 1892 on a section gifted by W Forsyth at the corner of Royal Terrace and the Pounawea Road, Owaka, but it was soon destroyed by fire. A new church was erected on a more central site in December of 1892. This second church was demolished in 2002.

Trooper Joseph William Ashmore, a labourer from Owaka, served in the South African War (1899-1902) as a member of the 7th New Zealand Mounted Rifles, 25 Company, Otago Section.



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Medium and Materials

processed material, glass
processed material, metal

Inscription and Marks

"In Loving Memory of / JOSEPH WILLIAM ASHMORE / Seventh New Zealand Contingent / who was killed in Action at / Bolhasberg, South Africa. Feb. 24. 1902"


w 450mm

Subject and Association Keywords

military science, war

Subject and Association Keywords

religions. mythology. rationalism. religious life

Credit Line

From the collection of Owaka Museum Wahi Kahuika The Meeting Place "a rest on your journey".

Object Type

architectural element

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