Artist/Studio: E.R. Suffling, London, c.1884.
Location: South Yarra, Melbourne, Victoria.
Building: Christ Church, South Yarra.
Memorial: Alice G. F. Wilkinson.
Photos dated: 25th March 2012.
“A very beautiful stained glass memorial window has just been placed in the north transept of Christ Church, South Yarra. The principal figure, that of our Saviour, is represented as raising the dead to life, and pointing to heaven, whence a flood of light is decending upon the couch and its occupant. The draughtsmanship of the figures, and especially of the faces and hands, is excellent, while the colouring, without being garish, is rich and varied. The accessories are exquisitely finished, and the whole effect artistic and harmonious. The window, which is from the studio of Mr. E. R. Suffling, Edgeware-road London, is beautiful example of the art, and will well repay a visit from those interested in church decoration”.
The memorial text of the window reads:
“IN LOVING MEMORY OF ALICE G. F. WILKINSON WHO DIED APL 9th 1884”
“YEA THOUGH I WALK THROUGH THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW OF DEATH I WILL FEAR NO EVIL FOR THOU ART WITH ME”.
Alice Georgiana Foss Jarrett (1861-1884) was the daughter of William Henry Jarrett (1835-1922) and Georgiana Foss (-1901). She married politician Robert Bliss Wilkinson (1838-1928) M.L.A., on the 15th of November 1882 in Christ Church South Yarra in Victoria. She died childless of typhoid at the age of 23 on the 9th of April 1884 in New South Wales. Her husband, Robert Bliss Wilkinson later married Annie Louise Leitch (nee Lavender) on the 26th February 1890.
“WILKINSON.- April 8, at Alphington, Numantia, of typhoid fever, Alice Georgiana Foss, wife of R. B. Wilkinson, of Wynnstay, Burwood, and eldest daughter of W. H. Jarrett, of Ithaca, South Yarra, Melbourne, Victoria, aged 23 years”.