Friday, April 6, 2012

William Savage stained glass window

One of the stained glass windows in the historic Public Library in the Port Elizabeth city centre shows the picture of Mr WH Savage.  I Googled the name but couldn't find much and then turned to Margaret Harradine's Port Elizabeth, A social chronicle to the end of 1945.  William Savage was born in Kent in 1824 and came to Port Elizabeth in 1849.  He had a business selling stationary and hardware and was a generous benefactor of several good causes both in Port Elizabeth and in Grahamstown.  The library's Savage Memorial Hall was also named after him.


  1. He looks like a good Victorian, prosperous gent!Fabulous whiskers. Maybe he felt he needed to come to tame some savages in AFrica to live up to his rather severe name! Most interesting.

  2. The detail of painted stained glass amazes me.
    Funny how we go to the internet now instead of the library to do research.

  3. Marvellous piece of standed glass art! Great colours and detail!