David Tait Memorial Window

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St Peter and St Andrew

The work was produced in the studio of R S Exton & Co, Brisbane in 1949. The artist’s name does not appear but the window is attributed to William Bustard.

The inscription reads:

Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.

AMDG and in loving memory of Flight Sergeant David Tait who made the supreme sacrifice at Saramo New Guinea 31.3.1944.

Dedicated by his loving parents.

This beautiful window was unveiled and dedicated on 3rd April 1949, the gift of Mr and Mrs David Tait, in memory of their son, David Charles Tait.

The lower panel common to both windows depicts Christ on the shore issuing his command to Andrew and Peter, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” In the two separate upper panels are Peter and Andrew as they are traditionally depicted in sacred art. Above the head of the Master in the lower panel, and at the heads of Peter and Andrew in the upper panels are seagulls emblematic of the wings of the airman. Above the heads of the saints is the RAAF badge in bronze tints and above that the Australian Coat of Arms. In the top medallion an airman in full harness is seen entering heaven while the Master stands in spotless white with his hand extended in blessing as he utters, “Well done.” The glass is particularly clear while the blending of the reds and blues, the browns and the greens is exquisite.