31 October 2017

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Artist’s church installation Trio charged A STAINED glass window by renowned artist David Wright has been installed at St John’s Church, Flinders. The design by Wright, who has a studio and lives at Flinders, incorporates the emblem of St John, the golden eagle, and represents the Bun Wurrung people with indigenous plants. Glass used by Wright in his windows is layered and moulded in the kiln to produce “rich colour and texture”. The window can be viewed by the public in the Kings St, Flinders church on 4 and 5 November during the annual flower festival. Wright, whose past commissions include work for the new Parliament House, Canberra and the Creation wall at St James, King St, Sydney, spent his childhood holidays on the Mornington Peninsula 60 years ago. “David’s exceptional skill and imagination in this rare art is shown brilliantly in the wonderful window in which he also expresses his profound and deeply spiritual understanding of theology,” St John’s vicar the Rev Jennifer Furphy said. Some of Wright’s other major projects include 22 windows for Temple Beth Israel Synagogue in Melbourne and a commission for St Peter’s Cathedral, Adelaide celebrating women’s ministry. Recent work for Caulfield Grammar School involves major windows for the Wheelers Hill campus and 12 panels for the chapel of St Paul in Caulfield. Wright’s art is held in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria and the National Glass Collection and has featured in exhibitions in Australia, the United States, Europe and Japan. Keith Platt

over man’s death

Let there be light: David Wright installing his window in St John’s Anglican Church, Flinders. Picture: Supplied

A HASTINGS woman was charged with murder on Thursday (26 October) after a man’s body was found in a shallow grave at Tyabb last week. Natalie Dalton, 36, faced Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday and has been remanded to reappear on 23 March. She is accused of killing Jade Goodwin at Hastings on 14-15 October. She did not apply for bail. Police reportedly told magistrate Duncan Reynolds they would need extra time to prepare for the case which they said had several crime scenes and many witness statements and telephone intercepts to be transcribed. A 52-year-old Crib Point man, Brendan Mcdowall, and a 34-year-old Hastings man, Shane Heiberg, were both charged with murder on Sunday (29 October) and faced Melbourne Magistrates’ court later that day. Neither man applied for bail and both were remanded until their next court appearance on 3 November. Mr Goodwin’s body was found at a vacant rural property on DandenongHastings Rd, 9pm, Sunday 22 October. The next day, homicide Squad detectives called in 40 SES volunteers to line search the 11.7ha property. Forensics police laid down yellow markers pointing to possible evidence at the scene, including a black glove in the driveway. A blue tent was set up at the rear, possibly to cover the body. A source said police were paying particular attention to a locked steel gate. The rundown property, with weatherboard house, machinery shed, steel

outbuildings and dam, had been vacant for about 12 months, with locals saying it was being used as a dumping ground. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or file a confidential report at crimestoppersvic.com.au

Women’s murders

SIX rewards of $1 million will be paid for information leading to convictions in the murders of six women whose bodies were found in Frankston and Tynong North in 1980-81. The rewards are part of Operation Lyndhurst and are the largest ever offered in Victoria. They relate to the disappearance and murder of six women – two from Frankston and four from other suburbs – between May 1980 and October 1981. On 30 May 1980, Allison Rooke, 59, was seen leaving her home in Hannah St, Frankston North, 11am, intending to catch a bus to the shops. Her body was discovered by a man walking his dogs in scrubland near McClelland Drive, Frankston, 5 July, 1980. On 9 October 1981, Joy Carmel Summers, 55, was seen at a bus stop at Chile St and Frankston-Dandenong Rd, Frankston, 1pm, intending to catch a bus to the Frankston shops. Her body was found in scrubland near Skye Rd, Frankston North, 22 November 1981. The four other women – from Glen Iris, Berwick, Cranbourne, and Brunswick – were aged 14-73. Three of the women’s bodies were found at Tynong North, and a fourth at Tynong North.

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Southern Peninsula News 31 October 2017


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