All the information contained on this website is from Jean's personal correspondence with his patrons & family,
 collated by Noel and Rachael Orval.
National Trust

 Designed by William Wardell,
the first section was completed
in 1870 with additions made in
1915-1916, then designed by
W. B. Tappin.

 On May 30, 1968, Jean was
commissioned for repairs to some existing windows in the church, including 2 leadlights. These commissions led to further work, requested by the Reverend Downes in 1970.

 After numerous alterations to designs and sketches, Jean was finally given the go ahead on October 10, 1970 to proceed with new windows - "The Eucharist" and "The Baptism".

 The request was then extended to Jean that these new windows be completed by November 15 "as the windows are being presented in memory of an outstanding parishioner and the windows are expected to be in for the centenary".

 The windows were installed on November 11, 1970 in time for the dedication, however without an inscription which was requested once the windows were installed.
 Jean was commissioned in
1973 for a window in the  old
weatherboard Uniting Church
in Curdie Street for the Kerr family.

 The top depicts a sailing ship
symbolic of the pioneers, the centre
panel shows wheat reminding of
those who cultivated the virgin bush
and the bottom panel shows a book,
the printed world relating to the local work of the Kerr family.

 The dedication for the window was on Sunday, December 9, 1973, however Jean was unable to attend the ceremony.

 Reverend David Fotheringham said at the dedication, with about 16 members of the Kerr family present, that the Kerr family printed the Cobden Times in the early part of the 20th century. They were associated with the Church also Sunday School teachers and choir members.

 Reverend Fotheringham said that "Australia had been enriched by people from Europe who brought special skills and craftsmanship in their family tradition. Such is Mr J. Orval, designer and maker of the window." Reverend Fotheringham corresponded with Jean concerning the window and expressed that the dedication was a "splendid service and all comments were most favourable. The Kerr family are highly delighted with your window. I am only sorry you were not present to receive the praise of the people."

 Mr Fotheringham suggested that Jean would be welcome any time in Cobden to "meet more of our people after all the favourable comments passed last Sunday."
 The foundation stone was laid  in 1863 but it wasn’t until October 21, 1866
that the church was opened. The church was finally consecrated on April 16,
1882 by the Bishop of Melbourne – Right Reverend James Moorhouse.
Tragically, fire gutted the church in January 1940 and within the year, a new
church was constructed.

 Jean did many repairs for insurance assessors in this church but also completed
many of his own creations as well.

 Jean made 7 separate windows plus the Stations of the Cross on opaline glass.

 The windows are St Philip, St Thomas, St Matthew and St Andrew, plus St Peter,
Mary - Our Lady of Walsingham (the title derived from the belief that Mary appeared
to Richeldis de Faverches, a devout English nobleman in 1066 in the village of Walsingham in Norfolk, England), and St John.

 The Stations of the Cross were commissioned in 1974 and donated by Mrs Keppich-Arnold.
Classified: National Trust

 Designed by Ballarat
architect Henry R. Caselli
in the early English
Gothic style, the church
was opened in 1878.

 Quotes and sketches were
received by the Reverend
Warwick Willows and on
December 12, 1981, Jean was
given authorisation to construct
the window of St Vincent de Paul
in memory of Rolland Tatlock.

 The Lord Bishop of Ballarat approved the sketches with little alterations and the window was installed in July 1982.

 Father Willows expressed "his personal gratitude and that of the congregation. Your ability is indeed a blessing and I hope that the window will bring blessings to many who look upon it." Father Willows conducted the dedication on July 19, 1982.

 The other window in Christ Church is that of "The Nativity", in loving memory of George & Ethel Scholfield and Geoffrey Guy. This window was was dedicated in 1973.
Classified: National Trust

 The largest and most complete Norman
style church in Victoria, built in 1862-1864
in the design of Ballarat architect C. D.
Cuthbert with many alterations throughout
the years.

 Jean was commissioned in November 1970 by Dr and
Mrs W. L. Sloss of Ballarat, for a window of
"St Luke" commemorating their mother and father.

 Jean and Mrs Jean Sloss had to wait some months for the church authorities
to approbate the windows with Jean saying that "I hope they will not keep us
waiting too long. I am anxious to start because this window will not be a
conventional one, and I get seldom a chance to make a window like this."

 Once approved, the Sloss' wished to have the Reverend Goddard perform the
dedication but arrangements were difficult because he preached in Melbourne.

 At the time it wasn't church tradition to have the window installed and then
have a dedication at a later date, but finally all went ahead on Saturday,
September 11, 1971 and the Sloss family agreed it was "a beautiful window
made by a master craftsman."
 Donor, Mrs Graeme
Dowling and the Rev
Herde visited Jean's
studio in Rippon Road in
July 1966 to view some
of the pieces that Jean
was working on.

 They were both "most
pleased" and commissioned
Jean to complete a window
of "Corpus Christi" in
memory of Graeme Dowling
and Graeme Norman
Dowling. This window was
the first to be inaugurated
into the newly built church.

 Again after numerous
alterations to small details,
the window was completed
and the dedication went
forward as planned. Mrs
Dowling wrote Jean and said
"The dedication service on
Sunday was both beautiful
and moving. Many compliments
were paid to your window.
It was both a safe and happy day for me."

 Jean had also written to Reverend Herde of this work that "I wonder if there will be any window in any of the churches in Ballarat, that would be more colourful than this window for St Matthew's will be. The purples in the background make it majestic and the sample lines give it the serenity and power. I am very pleased with what I have achieved." Over 300 hours of labour went into this window from start to finish.

 Reverend Herde said at the unveiling, "When I commissioned the artist I said to him, 'When I stand as a priest at the altar celebrating the Holy Eucharist, I want people to learn and see beyond my person and to understand that it is actually Christ Himself who is the true celebrant present.'"

 In 1970, Jean was requested by donor Mrs Betty Glover to compile some designs depicting "The Good Shepherd." Mrs Glover also had some designs drawn by another artist, Mr Kellock, but she settled on Jean's as more pertinent to her wishes. She was extremely pleased with the end result and said "We think the window is very beautiful."

 The last window that Jean constructed for the church depicted "Christ the King", in memory of Ellen Agnes Wilson in 1970 and stands proudly alongside "The Good Shepherd."
Classified: National Trust

 Designed in French Gothic
appearance, the Bluestone
church was erected in 1864
with alterations in 1894 and
a spire in 1955.

 Jean was first approached for a memorial window in August 1966 for the late Canon and Mrs W. E. Moorhouse who were both tragically killed in a car accident and much loved by their parishioners.

 Again the powers that be were not completely satisfied with Jean's sketches because they could not differentiate between the colouring on the sketches and the final window.

 Then on April 12, 1967, a tentative order was placed for Jean's design by Reverend Arthur Rutter, but still a full sized cartoon had to be placed in the window for two weeks so the congregation could also give their views on the piece.

 On September 4, their Vestry meeting concluded that the window would be designed and be ready for the dedication service on Sunday, November 19. Arthur Rutter said "That we look forward to seeing the work done as one of your own signed windows. Already the Vestry talk about it as the "Orval Window".

 Many of Canon Moorhouse's relatives attended the service which was conducted by Bishop Robert.
 Jean was commissioned by the
Reverend Gilmour for the window
of "Mary & Child" in 1964, through
donor Miss Ann Ferrier.

 This window was installed on November
21, 1964 with the dedication on the
following day by Miss Ferrier's brother's

 Another window titled "Proverb" was also completed in 1964
as a memorial for David and Christina Kelso. It was dedicated
just before Christmas by the Reverend Gilmour.

 Jean Nash and her family petitioned the window and expressed to Jean "how pleased we are with the
memorial window. You are to be complimented upon the excellence of your art in the medium of
stained glass, and in the way you carried out the theme which we suggested. The window has been
very much admired and certainly beautifies the church."

 1967 brought forth a window "Ruth" dedicated to the Pioneer Guild Families and also "St Andrew",
dedicated to the Pioneer Families.
Classified: National Trust

 Buttressed brick church built
on the “Murndal” estate in
1881 to the design of
Frederick Wyatt.

 Jean was commissioned for a
memorial window for William
Lempriere Winter Cooke in late 1979 by the Winter Cooke family.

 The window was unveiled in a joint dedication service on January 20, 1980 by Commander Dacre Smyth, R.A.N.

 The dedication was then presented by the Bishop of Ballarat, Right Reverend John Hazlewood.

 The church was filled to capacity with 115 people attending and later had tea at "Murndal", the family property of the Winter Cookes.

 Sam Winter Cooke described the window "as such a magnificent work of art."
Heritage Listed

 The church building
was constructed in
1873 in a Victorian
Gothic Revival style
typical of the influential
English architect,
Charles Hansom,
however this church's
design is attributed to Henry Caselli.

 In 1972, the church sustained severe wind damage which led to Jean being approached to do some windows for the Catholic Church in late February of 1972.

 Jean sent up numerous sketches as requested, of the figures Mother Mary MacKillop, St Francis Xavier, St Therese and St Patrick as well as the Holy Trinity.

 However it wasn't until April 3, 1973 when Jean was given his first payment for the windows by Reverend Father J. Conway, that Jean could finally commence these stunning windows.

 Father Conway visited Jean in his studio during the construction and said he was "looking forward to seeing the windows in the church as I think it will be an added attraction to this Gothic structure and will enhance the building and make it more attractive."

 That they did and the windows were dedicated in October 1973. 
 The small weatherboard church in the
Western District of Victoria is the home
of 8 windows designed by Jean.

 In 1968, Mrs Bambrick commissioned Jean
for 3 little windows, "Faith, Hope & Charity"
in loving memory of her husband Mr Allen

 These windows sit pride of place as one
walks in the front door of  the church. Mrs
Bambrick wrote Jean and said "she went up
to the  church about 7pm and the windows
looked even lovelier in the dark.  They
showed up so beautifully. I am very happy
with them and do  thank you most sincerely
for your help and all the work you put into

 The "St David and the Cross" windows were
also commissioned in 1968 and sit loftily
above the altar.

 Mrs Austin of "Willaroo" wrote about the
"St David" windows: "The Guild asked me to
write and tell you how very delighted the
members are with the windows you have
just completed for our little church. We also
wish to thank you for all the trouble you took
and for giving us much finer windows than
we thought possible with our limited funds."

 The "St Andrew" window was donated to
the church in 1970 in memorial of John and
Charlotte Moodie (Wando Dale) and Walter
and Grace Edgar (Woodcares).

 After the dedication, Mrs Edgar wrote Jean to express "We are very
pleased with the window. In fact think it is so very beautiful and are
particularly pleased with the Glasgow City coat of arms - it is very
well done."

 The last window to go in was "The Good Shepherd" in memory of
John and Frances B. Speirs, who settled at "Satimer" in 1906. Mr and
Mrs Speirs wrote Jean and said "although it was overcast and dull
outside yesterday, our window was quite bright and looked very good."
National Trust

 This church is the oldest
surviving United
Presbyterian Church
in Victoria, dating from
1849-1850 and designed
in an early English Gothic style.

 Jean received 2 commissions for the church. The first was in
1962 for "Be of Good Cheer - I Have Overcome the World".
This memorial was for Alfred Ernest & Katherine Hilda Taylor
which was donated to the church by their daughters
Mrs C. Burch and Mrs Morrell.

 This beautiful window was put on display at the Hamilton
Art Gallery before its installation in the church.  Rev J. V.
Mills unveiled the window and Reverend W. R. Matters
conducted the dedication in front of over 350 parishioners.

 The second window is "St Peter" commissioned in 1965.
This was a memorial to Reverend J. V. and Mrs Mills.

 Reverend W. R. Matters conducted the dedication service.
Jean, wife Phine and son Louis attended the dedication then
followed a happy fellowship luncheon at the home of Mr and
Mrs John Burch on Dutton Way.
 Jean was commissioned in
1962 to create a stained glass of
a painting in the Fairbairn family,
entitled "Banongill".

 The dedication was in  memory
of Charles Osborne Fairbairn O.B.E.
A.F.C who faithfully served his
church and country until he died
on 29th August, 1959.

 Charles Osborne was a member of
the Royal Air Force and met his wife
Irene Florence when she volunteered
as an aide at the Hospital for Wounded
Officers in Park Lane, London. They were married at the Parish Church in
Sutton, Surrey in February 1922 then returned to Australia to "Banongill".

 Charles' father had purchased "Banongill" in 1897 and later
"Wooloomanata" near Lara in 1918. Charles had four brothers and sisters
being Ester, James, Bettine and George. James (known as Jim) was a
pastoralist (owned Mt Elephant Station), aviator and politician. He
joined the first Menzies Government as the Minister for Civil Aviation
in 1939. On August 13, 1940, he was killed with the pilot and two other
Cabinet Ministers - Geoffrey Street, Sir Henry Gullett and the Military
General Sir Cyril Brudenell-White when the RAAF bomber in which he
was travelling, crashed on approach to Canberra Airport.

 Charles Osborne's sister Bettine, married  Ross Grey-Smith, who became Chairman of the Victoria Racing Club in 1962, succeeding Sir Chester Manifold. In 1966 he was knighted.
Classified: National Trust

 Brick church designed by Wharton & Vickers, began
construction in 1876.

 One of the first of six windows to be installed at the Uniting
Church was in 1962 and it depicted "Faith".

 It was dedicated by Mr and Mrs Dunstan to their parents Susan
1877-1943 and John Campbell Dunstan 1873-1946.

 The second window was of "The Good Shepherd", donated by Mr and Mrs Jackson in loving memory of their parents Thomas Jackson 1868-1961 and his wife Julia 1871-1954.

 In 1967, Jean was approached by the Reverend A. T. P. North for a commission to commemorate Mr Harold Dimelow, by his wife. Jean sent two drawings and was pleased that his design "Light of the World" was chosen, as he thought it would make a better window. "I prefer if my patrons make suggestions because my work should be their work too, and that way it will please them, as well as me."

 Once approval was given from "our higher church court" on September 19, 1967, Jean was able to start cutting glass and the window was completed November 10, 1967. The window was installed on November 22 with the dedication service soon after.

 The next window to go into the church was of the "Burning Bush", the symbol of the Presbyterian Church.  A very small bequest was left to the church so it was thought a window above the entry would be most suitable.

 Jean sent in sketches and the approval was received from Reverend North to commence preparation of the window on May 15, 1968, as "our session has expressed sincere approval of your design incorporating the Burning Bush. The design should look particularly well in the setting and we look forward to the completion of your part of the work." Jean installed the window in July of 1968.

 The next commission for the church was in August 1968 for a memorial to Albert John Fithall 1898-1967 by his wife Mimie Fithall. The subject chosen was "The Good Samaritan" and the family members were most taken with the figure sitting amongst a royal blue background which really gives a 3 dimensional feel, also keeping in check with the other windows that Jean had prepared for the church.

 By November 6, 1968, Mrs Fithall stated that "I know very little about the work, but am sure as you have installed the other windows there, mine will also be an excellent job." Jean wrote Reverend North that the window is practically finished. "We are just doing the air vent which is only a matter of a few days." With the window ready, Jean travelled to St Arnaud to install the window on January 4, 1969, and the dedication service took place on January 12, 1969.

 The last window to be installed was a memorial to the late George John Appleby, 1906-1969 by his wife Mrs Ada Appleby of "Christ is the Head of this House."  This depiction came about because when Mr and Mrs Appleby were first married "there was a text left in the home by the previous owners, then in March this year (1969) we bought a house in Portland and the same text was in the kitchen there too." The text was "Christ is the Head of this House, the unseen guest at every meal, the silent listener to every conversation."

 Mrs Appleby requested that the window be ready for installation when Reverend North returned from a sojourn in Canada in 12 months time, so Jean had much time up his sleeve in order to finish the project.

 The window was completed and it was dedicated in a ceremony on Sunday, October 14, 1970. Mrs Appleby said "Reverend North excelled himself with the dedication of our window. He could see the design and the meaning of it all from your point of view too, so he has given us something to remember the rest of our lives. Lots of people have told us they think it is a beautiful window and it takes its place along with the others of yours in our church. Thank you sincerely."
National Trust

 Bluestone church built
in 1871-1872 and designed
in the Gothic Revival style
by architects Davidson and
Henderson of Geelong.

 Jean was commissioned in
June 1966 for 2 windows at
St Andrew's, simply depicting
flowers of which the
memorialised were so fond of.

 Lady Joyce Pilditch sent Jean many photographs of flowers,
went to England to collect more and requested that Jean
contact Miss Margaret Carty of Hamilton as she had a beautiful,
colourful garden and many gardening books with which Jean
could research.

 The memorial windows were to Mary Irene Blackwood
1880-1962 and Muriel Curry 1881-1962.

 It wasn't until March of 1967 that Jean was able to present a
design to Lady Pilditch of which she thoroughly concurred
and promptly sent an advance cheque for Jean to start on the panel proper.

 Jean swiftly completed the panels and they were installed in early April. Lady Pilditch made sure that the wife
of the manager of Langi Willi (her family property) was there to provide a hearty lunch for Jean as he was installing the window. The dedication for the windows was on Saturday, April 22, 1967.

 Jean said to Lady Pilditch that he was "deeply impressed with the dedication ceremony, it was the most moving dedication ceremony I ever experienced. I am grateful for everything and most thankful for having met you and I will never forget you."

 Jean, Phine and son John Jr attended the dedication and when they returned to the car to travel home to Hamilton, Jean found on the back seat a white pigskin wallet with the gold lettering of Jean's initials on it and an extra $100 above the price of the windows, "to give you a day or 2 of leisure to restore your mind, your eyes and your soul," as Lady Pilditch wrote in her thank you letter.
Catholic Church
 of the Infant Jesus,
Koroit, Victoria - 1970
Catholic Church
of the Infant Jesus,
Koroit, Victoria - 1970
St Arnaud
"Kerr Memorial"
Cobden Uniting Church,
Cobden, Victoria - 1973
 Jean was commissioned for a
double window to grace St Paul's
Anglican, Caramut in early 1962.

 Jean's window depicts "St Peter &
St Paul" which was installed above
the entrance on the east side fronting
the Hamilton Highway.

 The Honourable Secretary, Ian Wesley,
wrote that "the Vicar and congregation wish to convey their thanks and appreciation for your skill  and co-operation in the erection of the new window and the re-leading and renovation of our window above the altar."
"St Paul & St Peter"
St Paul's Anglican Church,
Caramut, Victoria - 1961
of the Cross
Jesus is condemned to death.
Jesus accepts the cross.
Jesus falls the first time.
Jesus meets His Mother.
Simon of Cyrene carries the cross.
Veronica wipes the face of Jesus.
Jesus falls the second time.
Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem.
Jesus falls the third time.
Jesus is stripped of His garments.
Jesus is nailed to the cross.
Jesus dies on the cross.
Jesus' body is removed from the cross.
Jesus is laid in the tomb and covered with incense.
"St Thomas, St Philip, St Andrew, St Matthew, St Peter, Mary our Lady of Walsingham, St John"
Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Ararat, Victoria - 1973
"St Vincent de Paul"
Christ Church
Anglican Church,
Hamilton, Victoria - 1982
"The Nativity"
Christ Church
Anglican Church,
Hamilton, Victoria - 1973
"St Luke"
St Andrew's Presbyterian Church,
Ballarat, Victoria - 1971
"Corpus Christi"
St Matthew's Anglican Church,
Wendouree, Victoria - 1966
"Christ The King"
St Matthew's
 Anglican Church,
Wendouree, Victoria - 1970
"The Good Shepherd"
St Matthew's
 Anglican Church,
Wendouree, Victoria - 1970
"The Good Shepherd"
St Paul's Anglican Church,
Camperdown, Victoria - 1967
In the opinion of craftsmen and restorers of stained glass, the collection of 15 windows at St Paul's is the finest set of glass outside the city of Melbourne. They are a signficant cultural heritage to the nation, state of Victoria and to Camperdown.

"Christ the Good Shepherd was designed and signed by Jean Orval in 1967. Orval was born in the Netherlands where he studied art and stained glass before settling in Australia in 1953. He brought with him the tradition of the 'European Modernist Movement'. Orval is one of the most important post-war stained glass artists in Australia" - Geoffrey Wallace of Geoffrey Wallace Stained Glass of Melbourne.
"Mary & Child"
St Andrew's
 Uniting Church,
Coleraine, Victoria - 1964
St Andrew's
 Uniting Church,
Coleraine, Victoria - 1964
"St Andrew"
St Andrew's
Uniting Church,
Coleraine, Victoria - 1967
St Andrew's 
Uniting Church,
 Victoria - 1967
National Trust

 Constructed in 1861-1862, at the
time it was described as “a perfect
model of a country church.”

 Jean was commissioned in 1964 for
a memorial window dedicated for
Mr Lionel James Weatherly, entitled
"A Good Man Leaveth An Inheritance."

 Lionel was educated at Cumloden School, St Kilda, and Trinity Hall,
Cambridge (1904 - 1908). On his return to Australia in 1909, his father gave
him ownership of the major part of Woolongoon at Mortlake, Victoria, and
the lease of the balance, and in 1910 he took over the management of two
other properties. As well as running his own flock (25,000 strong in 1915),
he worked for the Red Cross, supervised properties for enlisted owners and
was president of the local repatriation committee. After the war he
donated two farms (888 acres, 359 ha) for soldier settlement and voluntarily
sold nearly 16,000 acres (6475 ha) to the Closer Settlement Board to provide
another 46 farms.

 Involved in numerous local activities, he was a member (1919-26) and
president (1922-23) of the Mortlake Shire Council, but was forced to retire
due to ill health. A committee-member of Mortlake hospital, he was also
involved in the formation of the rural fire brigade and had other interests
in the Wool Growers' Council, the Pastoralists' Association, Polwarth
Sheepbreeders' Association and had a keen interest in thoroughbred racing,
being a member of the Victoria Racing Club and Camperdown Turf Clubs.
"A Good Man ..."
St Andrew's Presbyterian Church,
Mortlake, Victoria - 1965
"Agony In The Garden"
St Andrew's
 Uniting Church,
Penshurst, Victoria - 1961
"Mother & Infant Jesus"
St Andrew's
 Uniting Church,
Penshurst, Victoria - 1961
Original Sketch of windows in St Andrew's Uniting Church, Penshurst
- Private Collection, Penshurst, Victoria
Classified: National Trust

 A Bluestone church constructed
in 1865.

 Jean was assigned to complete these windows in 1961, soon after the dedication of "The Nativity" in St Mary's Catholic Church in Hamilton.

 Jean was most pleased with these windows as he was given great liberty to let his artistry take hold and his creative side come forth.

 These 2 memorial stained glass windows were the gift of Mrs C. B. Cook in memory of her parents Arthur and Sara Holland.

 The windows, which depict the Beginning and the End are 10' high with a nativity scene on one and the figure of Christ praying in the garden of Gethsemane immediately prior to his arrest and trial.

 The dedication ceremony filled the church to capacity and the guest soloist was Ms Gaye Waller of Warrnambool who is the granddaughter of Mr and Mrs Holland.
"Winter Cooke Memorial"
St Peter's Anglican Church,
Tahara, Victoria - 1980
Heritage Listed Location

 The church building was constructed
in 1870-1872 to a design by eminent
Melbourne architect Leonard Terry.

 Jean was commissioned in April of 1972
to formulate a window in memory of
John & Jessie Bennett, two beloved

 The windows depict "St James &
St John" with the inscriptions "I Will
Make You Fishers Of Men" and "Suffer Little Children."

 A dedication service was held late May 1972.

 Mrs Jessie Bennett, who donated the windows in loving memory of her husband, wrote to Jean and said "she would have loved to come to Hamilton to view its execution but circumstances didn't enable the trip." However, she expressed "how beautiful the window is and how much it has been admired."
"I Will Make You Fishers Of Men"
& "Suffer Little Children
To Come Unto Me"
Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Stawell, Victoria - 1972
"Mother Mary MacKillop", "St Patrick", "St Francis"
"St Therese" & "The Holy Trinity"
St Patrick's Catholic Church, Stawell, Victoria - 1972
"Baptism of Christ"
St Stephen's
 Anglican Church,
Portland, Victoria - 1964
"The Last Supper"
St Stephen's
 Anglican Church,
Portland, Victoria - 1964
"Be of Good Cheer - I Have Overcome The World"
Scots Presbyterian Church,
Portland, Victoria - 1962
"St Peter"
Presbyterian Church,
Portland, Victoria - 1965
"Faith, Hope & Charity"
St David's Uniting Church, Nareen, Victoria - 1968
"St David"
St David's Uniting Church,  Nareen, Victoria - 1968
"St Andrew"
St David's
Uniting Church,
 Nareen, Victoria - 1970
"The Good Shepherd"
St David's Uniting Church,
Nareen,  Victoria - 1970
National Trust

 Bluestone church established
in 1855 and consecrated in
1868, designed by George
Hawer Hathewson.

 Jean was commissioned in
1974 for 2 stained glass windows in this church.

 Those depicted were the "Baptism of Christ" in loving memory of Frank Andrew Row, and "The Last Supper" in loving memory of Sarah Frances Row.
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St Andrew's
Presbyterian Church,
 Skipton, Victoria - 1967
"Designed from a
Painting of Banongill"
Christ Church, Skipton, Victoria - 1962
St Andrew's
Presbyterian Church,
 Skipton, Victoria - 1967
"St Peter - I Will Make Thee Fishers Of Men"
St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Hamilton, Victoria - 1965
National Trust

 Built in 1907-1909 of
Bluestone with dressings
of Mt Abrupt Freestone,
to the design of the Ballarat
architects Clegg and Miller.

  Jean was commissioned in
1965 for a window in St Andrew's
as a memorial for William and
Elizabeth Black.

  This window was entitled "St Peter - I Will Make Thee Fishers Of Men" and stood a massive 20 feet by 3 feet wide and took the best part of 8 weeks to complete.
St Andrew's Presbyterian Church,
Marnoo, Victoria - 1966
 Jean was first approached in 1966 to
design a window in the Marnoo Church
by Mr Norman McAllister of "Mernong".

 Mr McAllister requested a window to
commemorate the memory of his beloved
parents John & Louisa McAllister, by their
surviving children Barbara, Ena, Flora,
Katie and Norman.

 Mr McAllister had such faith in Jean's craft
that he left the design completely up to him. Jean settled on a beautiful portrayal of "Christ".

 The church elders approved the design and on April 13, 1966, Mr McAllister wrote Jean to say that everything was ready for him to come and install the window on May 21, 1966.

 "I am looking forward to seeing you and the window with great anticipation. It will be good to see how many more you will get in that church."

 Mr McAllister also commissioned Jean for some private panels which can be viewed on our PRIVATE page.
Christ Church,
St Arnaud, Victoria - 1963
Classified: National Trust

 Brick church designed by
F. M. Moore, started
construction in 1864 with the
addition of porches and vestry
in 1887.

 Jean was approached by Reverend
Canon W. A. Reid to design a memorial
window for Annie Elizabeth Read who died 28 Dec 1961, by her husband,
Mr E. J. L. Read.

 The visual depiction was of "Faith" and it was placed in the church on Michaelmas Day, September 29, 1963 and dedicated by Reverend Canon
W. A. Reid.

 Jean conceived "Faith" as "A spiritual expression of dependence on the part of man to the creator."

 Man is here depicted as "living on earth with two feet planted firmly on the soil, and the band faith signifying the unity of all people in the faith. The symbolic flames cover part of the earth and are varying colours illustrating varying degrees of faith. The staff carrying orb and cross connect heaven and earth."
"The Good Samaritan"
Uniting Church,
St Arnaud, Victoria - 1968
"The Good Shepherd"
Uniting Church,
St Arnaud, Victoria - 1963
"Light Of The World"
Uniting Church,
St Arnaud, Victoria - 1967
"Christ is the Head of this House"
Uniting Church,
St Arnaud, Victoria - 1969
"The Burning Bush"
St Arnaud, Victoria - 1968
"The Good Shepherd"
St Saviours Anglican Church,
Wallaloo, Victoria - 1966
 Jean was first approached
by the Reverend J. P. Bedford
of the vicarage of Rupanyup
on March 24, 1966 concerning
the commissioning of 2
windows at St Saviours, Wallaloo.

 The subjects which were chosen
were “The Good Shepherd” which
was in dedication to John and
Mary Duxson, and “The Light Of The World” in dedication to Charles
Stanley and Emily Reading, by their families.

 Jean sent in a couple of sketches for each window to be approved
by the church authorities. “The Good Shepherd” was accepted
without alteration, however Mr M. A. Reading wrote Jean to say
that “the Bishop will not approve the design you submitted for me.
As the Bishop will be paying our parish a visit on June 25, would it
be possible to have your design then?” We are unaware as to why
the design wasn’t approved but he studiously produced another that
was accepted.

 Jean thought the windows were good examples of his craft. He
thought that “The Good Shepherd window symbolises the love of
Christ towards man, and the Light Of The World symbolises the
fulfilment of our hope.”

 The windows were installed on August 13, 1966 and dedicated
soon after. Jean wrote to Mr Reading, “I wish you many years of
good health in which I hope you can also enjoy the window you
donated to your church.”

 St Saviours was unfortunately dismantled in the early 1970s and
the plight of the windows in the church was unknown. However
after some research, it has been discovered that the windows are in storage in Horsham apparently waiting to be incorporated into a building, possibly the Wimmera Base Hospital. This is all that can be divulged until we know for certain what the future holds for these art works. Many special thanks also to Mrs Lorna McAllister who allowed us to visit on Monday, June 25, 2012 and take a photo of a painting of the dismantled church at Wallaloo.

"The LIght Of
The World"
St Saviours Anglican Church,
Wallaloo, Victoria - 1966
 Jean was first approached by Reverend
Steele about a window for St Paul’s Anglican
Church in Rainbow on May 10, 1972.

 However in the months thereafter, Reverend
Steele took up a new position in Ballarat and
Rainbow was forced to wait for an incumbent,
which arrived in the form of Rector Andrew
Gilbert to Hopetoun, in October of 1972.

 Jean always worked with the best materials
that money could buy and in this case, the glass was genuine antique Mittinger,
imported from Germany. Jean sent in many designs for the window with various
quotations according to the materials used and unfortunately in this case, he had
to reduce his price by nearly $500 because the donors were quite shocked with
the price of his window.

 Jean always said that “church windows can not be cheap, if they are to be good
windows and why should they be cheap anyhow. They should be permanent symbols
to the Glory of God and to commemorate the love of the faithful for centuries to
come. Because people don’t know any better, they’ve become used to mediocrity
and will settle for a window done by a 'bush tradesman'”.

 On February 6, 1972, the donors accepted his sketch and sent it in for approval to
the Bishop of Ballarat. Finally, complete approval was given on May 11 and the
window was ready to be installed on August 18, 1973.

 A dedication service was held in mid November 1973. The donor family expressed
that “the window is truly beautiful and I felt I would like to write and tell you how
very pleased we are with the window.”

St Paul's Anglican Church,
Rainbow, Victoria - 1973
"Christ & Children"
St Andrew's Uniting Church,
Murtoa, Victoria - 1966
 Jean was commissioned in
1966 for a window in St Andrew's
Uniting, Murtoa.

 The window was in dedication
to Charles & Louisa Niewand,
by their children.

 After a dedication service, donor
Mr Niewand wrote "We want you
to know how very pleased we
were with the beautiful window.
The colours were very striking
indeed, and the style of your
writing so easy to read on the window; whole effort most pleasing.

 "The dedication service was very nice. Reverend Renfrey is very good with his arrangements for any special service. We would like to thank you for your interest and the artistic design of your work which will beautify the church for many years to come."
 One of Jean's earliest
commissions in Australia was of
a bas relief for St Augustine's
School at Creswick in 1959.

 Showing up Jean's many artistic
qualities apart from stained glass,
this piece was constructed for a
little niche in the school that
would be exposed to the elements.

 The building was yet to be finished when Monsignor J. McInerney approached Jean on April 27, 1959 requesting some assistance and ideas about a permanent memorial to St Augustine of Hippo, the patron Saint of Brewers, so named for his conversion from the life of loose living and parties etc, and is an inspiration for those who struggle with a particular vice or habit they long to break.

 Jean visited the site and the Monsignor showed him where his relief would be positioned and by late July, the bas relief was finished.

 Monsignor McInerney was happy that they were able to take a photo of the school and the art work to put on the front cover of the September issue of "The Light", a christian publication, "and you would have a first class advertisement," he said.

 This was one of Jean's great creations which has stood the test of time.
"St Augustine"
Bas relief in glazed baked clay,
St Augustine's Parish Primary School,
Creswick, Victoria - 1959
Uniting Church,
St Arnaud, Victoria - 1963
"The Good Shepherd"
St Andrew's Presbyterian Church,
Stockyard Hill, Victoria - 1963
 Jean was commissioned in
1963 for a window in St Andrew's
Presbyterian, Stockyard Hill.

 The window was in dedication
to John & Cecelia Kirkpatrick,
by their children.

 More to follow on this window soon.
Stockyard Hill
 St James’ Anglican is a wooden church
that was established on land donated by
Mr C. T. Lucas and dedicated by the
Reverend F. Boyling, Vicar of Colac on
August 3, 1913.

 The church had an enthusiastic flock of
parishioners who over the years started groups
such as a Youth Group, Hall Committee, a Ladies’ Guild and Sunday School along
with regular meetings and functions that kept the church the focal point of the
area for fellowship and prayer.

 During the late 1960s, the church was starting to show signs of wear and tear
so through benefactors and parishioners alike, the church was restored and
rehallowed for worship by the Bishop of Ballarat, the Right Reverend
W. A. Hardie on Sunday, July 26, 1970.

 St James’ celebrated its 50th anniversary celebrations on August 4, 1963 and
80th anniversary celebrations on September 26, 1993. However after
secularisation, the church was sold and is now a private residence.

 One of the founding families of St James’ was the McGarvie family. Dick
McGarvie (known as R. B.) was the brother-in-law of C. T. Lucas who were  both founding members of the church. His family were involved with the church up until the church was secularised by Bishop Michael Hough of  Ballarat on April 9, 2006.

 In March of 1975, Jean was approached by Nan McGarvie (nee Chapman) and her sister-in-law Nan Walton (nee McGarvie) with the assistance of Reverend Rutter of Camperdown, to commission a window in memory of their mother-in-law and mother Rosalie May McGarvie died 10-6-1966 and their husband and brother, Kenneth William McGarvie died 16-4-1970. Kenneth McGarvie was the grandson of the R. B. McGarvie, founding member, who was tragically taken in a car accident. It was thought that a simple window depicting the symbols of St James, scallop shells, would be appropriate for a small window. Jean worked earnestly, and the window was completed in time for a dedication service in July of 1975. Many people attended the service and thought that the window complimented the church perfectly.

 When the church was sold, it took some time for the window to be removed. New framing with backlighting was eventually constructed and the window was reinstalled generously at St Paul’s Anglican Church in Camperdown. The McGarvie family were so pleased at the end result, with the delicate work done sympathetically and thoughtfully by joinery specialist Wayne Hatley of Camperdown. A service of Thanksgiving and rededication of the refurbished roof and stained glass windows at St Paul’s, together with the installation of the memorials from St James', was held on May 16, 2010.

 We give many thanks to Kerry McGarvie, whose father and grandmother Jean’s window is dedicated to, for the history of the church and her family. Her knowledge and enthusiasm has enabled us to complete the story of a window that we had only recently discovered.
St James' Anglican Church,
Pomborneit North, Victoria - 1975
Rosalie May McGarvie & Kenneth William McGarvie
Pomborneit North
Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Ararat
Opaline Glass