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Memorial Plaque - Ethel Augusta Godfrey

From the Collection of Mission to Seafarers Victoria 717 Flinders Street Docklands Victoria

Clay base rectangular plaque with inlaid blue ceramic regular tesserae surrounding the ceramic centre rectangular ceramic panel with inscription.Support is a metal frame with inset wood pieces .
20 x 40 cm
Object Registration
memorial plaque, plaque, ethel augusta godfrey, lhlg, port melbourne, chapel, brooks robinson and co, reverend john smerger drought
Historical information
The memorial tablet was unveiled in the St Nicholas chapel at the Port Melbourne mission (Beach Cnr Nott St) on Wednesday 24 June 1936. The ceremony was performed by her nephew, Reverend John Smerger Drought - her sister's son.
Miss Ethel Godfrey was born in 1861 at sea on the vessel called Copenhagen. Daughter of a pioneer, Frederick Race Godfrey MLA and subsequently Lay Dean at St Paul's. Ethel Studied in Melbourne and abroad at Brussels and became a singing teacher and performer. In 1906 she took on the role of Honorary General Secretary to create and lead the volunteer organisation "The Ladies Harbour Lights Guild" and subsequently helped establish similar groups in Newcastle, Brisbane, Sydney, Hobart, Adelaide and also established the mission in Southampton in the UK. The structure was based on a model established by the London central mission. A key achievement was the funding of the memorial chapel in St Peters built in 1917 by Walter R.Butler.
She died the 7 July 1936, and is buried in the St Kilda Cemetery.
When Made
Made By
Brooks Robinson
see above
Possibly manufactured by Brooks Robinson but also associated with a key woman active in Victoria
Inscriptions & Markings
To the Glory of God and in memory ops/ a much loved leaderAthel Augusta Godfrey, / one of the founders/ of the ladies Harbour Lights Guild/ of which she was honorary general secretary / Until 1930./ This memorial erected in the year if her death."
Last updated
9 Apr 2019 at 7:49PM