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"STILLNESS AND WARMTH"
Painted by: John Lendis assisted
by Diane Whiting Date
Completed: December 13, 1986
This was the first Mural to be painted in Sheffield as part of
the Murals Project.
It features Gustav Weindorfer, the man responsible
for having Cradle Mountain / Lake St Clair declared a National
The theme is taken from the words of Weindorfer's diary, as shown
in the Mural:
"When the ground is all covered in snow, I do
build a big fire, open my door, seat myself very, very quietly
in front of the blazing logs and presently, they come in, one by
one, the wild animals, without their usual fear of man or of one
another and share with me, in the stillness, the grateful warmth."
Weindorfer was born in Austria and came to Melbourne in 1900 to
work at the Austrian Consulate.
He met his wife-to-be, Kate Cowle, while they were members of
the Victorian Field Naturalists' Club and when they married in
1906, they came to Tasmania spending their honeymoon on top of
They built Waldheim Chalet at Cradle Mountain and after
Kate died in 1916, Gustav lived there alone until his death in
Designed and painted by: Cheyne Purdue
In the early 1860's Mrs. Eliza von Bibra stands
on the verandah of her West Kentish home ready to teach the first
Sunday School, while her husband Francis guides the first clergyman
through the bush to the new settlement.
He was Rev. Jesse Pullen,
Wesleyan Methodist Clergyman from Deloraine.
The first church was
erected by the Methodist pioneers at Barrington.
Some Christian Brethren preachers held evangelistic meetings in
the farmers' barns in the early 1870's.
Many responded, and the
first Gospel Hall was erected in 1874.
One of these Evangelists,
Chas. Perrin from Ireland, aged 33 died and was buried at Forth.
The Christian Brethren pioneers named such places as Paradise,
Beulah and the Promised Land.
In the mid 1880's, the Anglican Minister from Latrobe commenced
visiting the Kentish district, which resulted in building St. Barnabus
Church of England in Main Street.
It was dedicated in 1891, during
the Bishop's first visit to Sheffield.
He also visited a working
bee at Beulah where a block was being cleared for a second church.
The Salvation Army held their first street meeting in the mid 1880's
and later erected a building on the road to the Promised land -
The West Kentish Presbyterians are having a wedding there.
one of three Presbyterian churches in Kentish.
Following the visit of a Baptist Pastor in the late 1880's a Baptist
Tabernacle was erected in 1891 and other district churches were
built at about the same time.
The Sheffield church was burnt down
in a spectacular fire in 1930.
The tents depict the beginning of
Christian camping in Tasmania.
Both Baptist and Christian Brethren
camp work was originated by Kentish Christians.
In 1922 the foundation stone of the Holy Cross Roman Catholic church
in High Street was laid.
On that ccasion Joseph Lyons, later Prime
Minister, appealed to the crowd to give funds to the project.
The mural concludes with the Risen Christ pointing
to the workers' mission fields, where about sixty Kentish descendants
have taken their faith .... some like Bert Overton of India, giving
their lives to bring the "Good News" to others.
In 1988 this mural was located at 55 Main Street,
Sheffield, behind the "Cradle Mountain Beauty" mural,
on the property of what was then the Westpac Bank.
the bank branch and subsequent sale of the site necessitated the
removal of the mural.
In September 2002 the mural was relocated to the
current site (beside the visitor centre).
At the same time a new panel was added to each end of the original
mural and the total area was restored by artist Cheyne Purdue.