DJ Ross Memorial Window Appeal

The Committee of the Old Grammarians in partnership with Melbourne Girls Grammar is committed to this project and we hope you join with us in helping raise the funds necessary.


The Old Grammarians Society in partnership with Melbourne Girls Grammar are dedicated to this project. We appreciate your support in helping us create a lasting memory of our former Principal, DJ Ross.

As DJ ‘girls’, the Organising Committee understands the close bond and loyalty many in our community hold for this Headmistress. She was an extraordinary woman and educationalist, way ahead of her time and we are hoping to capture some of the essence of DJ in this window.

The money we seek to raise is $80,000 to cover all costs including the design, production and installation in the Chapel of St Luke. Work is already underway on a design that illuminates aspects of DJ including her beloved spaniel, Geordie.

The design of the window will be launched at an unveiling event after the installation of the window is complete. All donors to the appeal will be invited to attend this launch event. 

All donations will be greatly appreciated and every gift will be receipted for the purposes of tax deductibility.

We look forward to many in our community joining with us to celebrate the contribution made to the School and girls by Miss Ross.

Track our progress


This diagram illustrates the progress of the DJ Ross Memorial Window Appeal. Each square represents $1,000 worth of donations. 

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.


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 will enable us to add to the collection with the DJ Ross Window.