DJ Ross Memorial Window Appeal

The Committee of the Old Grammarians in partnership with Melbourne Girls Grammar would like to thank our community for helping to complete this project in honour of past Principal, DJ Ross.

THE APPEAL

The Old Grammarians Society in partnership with Melbourne Girls Grammar is pleased to announce the completion of the DJ Ross Window Appeal. The appeal target was raised and we are extremely grateful for the support of the community in helping us create a lasting memory of our former Principal, DJ Ross.

The stained glass window has been designed and constructed by David Wright, and was installed in the Chapel of St Luke in January 2020. The unveiling of the window will coincide with the DJ Ross Oration, which is planned to be held later in 2020 subject to the risk and regulations around COVID-19. All donors to the appeal will be invited to attend this launch event, along with special members of our community. Further information on this event will be shared via email and on MGGS Connect.

As DJ ‘girls’, the Organising Committee understands the close bond and loyalty many in our community hold for DJ Ross. She was an extraordinary woman and educationalist, way ahead of her time and we are confident the new stained glass window has captured her essence, illuminating memorable aspects of DJ and her beloved spaniel, Geordie.

We look forward to joining together with members of our community in honour of Miss Ross, and to celebrate the everlasting contribution she has made to the School and students.

about DJ ROSS

Dorothy J. Ross – widely known and respected Headmistress of Melbourne Church of England Girls’ Grammar School (Merton Hall) from 1938–1955 – was an icon in female education. DJ as she was affectionately known, or Miss Ross to her students, held a profound conviction that education was the key to a better world. She had a vitality, energy and passion for what she believed in. It is this vibrancy and belief in women that she passed onto many others during her time at the School.

THE ARTIST – DAVID WRIGHT

David Wright is one of the world’s leading glass artists. His work spans 40 years.

Since graduating in Architecture in the early 1970s David Wright has gained an international reputation for his unique style and glass working techniques, whereby the glass is layered and moulded in the kiln, giving a rich colour and texture to his work. He has taught and lectured throughout Australia and overseas.

David’s art is held in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria, the National Glass Collection and over a hundred works are held by numerous prominent Australian and overseas collectors.

Melbourne Girls Grammar has commissioned prior works for the Chapel of St Luke that commemorate former principals of the School. Windows in the Chapel are for: Edith Mountain and Nina Crone. This Appeal has enabled us to add to the collection with the DJ Ross Window.