Holm Memorial Window

The Holm window, a major contribution to the Cathedral's stained glass, is dedicated to the memory of Captain Ferdinand Holm, founder of the Holm Shipping Company, and his wife Mary Alexander who were married in Old St Paul's Church in 1870.

It depicts St Paul, patron saint of the Cathedral, as the missionary voyager who said: '... The life I now live is not my life, but the life Christ lives in me.' Galatians 2:20. The sword is his symbol, as he is reputed to have been executed with a sword.

Top left, the window shows the stars of the Southern Cross and the flag of the Holm Shipping Company. The three ships represent stages in the development of the company. They are, lower right, the barque Malay, the company's first sailing ship. Above it is the Holmdale, the last ship, and on the left, the John, the first motorised vessel.

The window was dedicated by Bishop Henry Baines, seventh Bishop of Wellington, in 1970, and was Beverley Shore Bennett's first stained-glass design. It was made in collaboration with Roy Miller of Miller Studios, Dunedin.