Nelson Ferguson

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History

Nelson Ferguson was born in Ballarat. From the age of 18 he was an art instructor at the Ballarat Technical Art School, a division of the Ballarat School of Mines. From there he was offered a position at Warrnambool Junior Technical School.

Nelson Ferguson served during World War One where he was a stretcher bearer with the 15th Field Ambulance Corp. Enlisting in July1915 He served in France from 1915-1918. At the age of 25 he lost 90 percent of his vision in a mustard gas attack during the battle of Villers-Brettonneux on 17 April 1915.[1] Ferguson returned to Australia in January 1919.

Upon his return he taught the arts at Footscray TAFE, despite his disability. Retiring in 1950 he established a stained glass factory in his Carnegie backyard. The Neil Street Uniting Church stained glass windows are his work.[2]

Ferguson underwent a corneal transplant restoring his sight for the last few years of his life.[3]

Legacy

Tree number 3167 was planted for Nelson Ferguson in the Ballarat Avenue of Honour.[4]

The Glass Soldier is based on the life of Nelson Ferguson and has been performed by the Melbourne Theatre Company.[5]


See also

Ballarat Avenue of Honour

Ballarat Technical Art School

World War One

Notes


References

  1. Ballarat Courier ANZAC Day Special, 25 April 2015.
  2. Ballarat Courier ANZAC Day Special, 25 April 2015.
  3. Ballarat Courier ANZAC Day Special, 25 April 2015.
  4. Ballarat Courier ANZAC Day Special, 25 April 2015.
  5. Ballarat Courier ANZAC Day Special, 25 April 2015.


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--Clare K.Gervasoni 15:56, 29 April 2015 (AEST)

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