Radeski > Profiles


1882 – 1932
Paul and Victoria Radeski

Parents of the First Australian stained glass artist. Arrived Wollongong in 1882 with their 5 children. They had two more children who were born in Wollongong. Paul worked in coal mine, died in 1904. He was the first Polish born person to be buried in Wollongong. Victoria died in 1932.

1882 - 1935
Valentina Radeski

One of Wollongong’s dressmakers. Arrived in 1882 as 10 years old and lived and died in Wollongong in 1935. She married Walter Carmody and was one of Wollongong’s dressmakers. Her house is still in Keira Street.

1882 - 1955
John Radeski/Radecki
The first Australian Stained Glass Artist

John Radecki arrived in Wollongong in 1882, worked in a coal mine, moved from Wollongong to Sydney in 1883. He contributed to Wollongong's architectural history by designing a number of stained glass windows for the following churches: St Andrews Presbyterian Church, Wollongong; St Michaels Anglican Church, Wollongong; St Michael’s Catholic Church, Thirroul; and St Mary Star of the Sea Chapel, Wollongong. A beautiful story of gratitude – the “Good Samaritan” stained glass window designed, made and donated to St Andrews Presbyterian Church in Wollongong by John Radecki. The window is dedicated to William and Elizabeth James of Shellharbour who in 1882 befriended the artist and his father when they were penniless migrants.


Research by Zofia Laba, Migration Heritage Project.





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