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December 01, 2016

The John Charlton Memorial Window, found under the floor in a Euroa church, were restored and unveiled to the public recently.

The Charlton Memorial Committee’s journey has come to an end after countless hours spent cleaning, photographing and researching a stained glass window found in Euroa.

The story of John Charlton, along with his involvement in the Boer War, was brought back into the light thanks to a dedicated committee after memorial windows were found under the floor of Euroa’s Anglican church.

‘‘From shards of glass to a truly beautiful memorial, the window will now take its place as a significant piece of Boer War history and enable a new generation to engage with its stories,’’ Charlton Memorial Committee member Lynne Dore said.

‘‘Finally, after lying hidden away for several decades, the John Charlton memorial window has been brought back into the light.

‘‘From being covered in dust and grime, broken and cracked in places and missing a vital dedicatory inscription, the memorial window has been restored to its former beauty.’’

The central memorial pane was unveiled to the public at Maygars Hill Winery in Longwood recently by one of Mr Charlton’s descendants, Christine O’Brien, in front of about 80 guests.

‘‘Confirmation was provided that the Shrine of Remembrance had approved a proposal to accept the window into their Boer War collection,’’ Mrs Dore explained after a long battle to find somewhere large enough to house the giant stained glass memorial.

The unveiling was attended by a Lance Guard Party from the Royal Australian Armoured Corps, Puckapunyal, who provided a fitting tribute to one of their own, Private John Charlton of the 5th Victorian Mounted Rifles.

‘‘A re-dedication of the window was performed by Reverend Patti Matthews, of St Paul’s Anglican Church, who talked about attempts to rescue the window from an uncertain future,’’ Mrs Dore said.

Mrs Dore said it was a wonderful outcome for the window to be restored and housed.

“While the window is dedicated to one man, it’s capable of representing the many who gave their lives in the Boer War,’’ she said.

‘‘Its acceptance into the Shrine collection would enable all Victorians to share that history and to be proud of those who served in the Boer War.

‘‘The restoration was possible thanks to the Victorian Government and the Victorian Veterans Council funding under the Victoria Remembers program.”

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