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Vera arranged a job for Voitre at a local jeweller. After spending a further two years in Adelaide, Vera and Voitre decided to try the lighthouse keeper’s life. The first lighthouse that they were stationed at was at Cape du Couedic, which is on Kangaroo Island. Voitre really enjoyed the lifestyle that being a lighthouse keeper offered. He was able to immerse himself in the Australian wildlife. After living the life of a lighthouse keeper for 3 yrs, the Marek’s returned to Adelaide. Voitre began work in a factory, and was doing welding, which would serve him really well in the future. Voitre decided it was time to concentrate solely on his artwork as that is why they left their home country. Voitre was given his first commission for religious art, to make a statue of wrought iron 3m x 5m, to stand on top of the Seacombe Gardens Holy Spirit Church. At the same time Voitre also made two sandstone statues of St Joseph, which are still in a convent garden today. Voitre’s career took off from here. Due to the influx of migrants, there were many new churches being built. Voitre not only made statues, he also made the furnishings, stations of the cross, crucifixes, tabernacles, chalices and monstrances. He had work interstate, and has built items in Perth and Melbourne. Voitre mainly worked with copper and enamel, and disliked working with plaster. Things were going well for Voitre, until in 1973,on his way home from morning mass, in his small mini minor, Voitre was hit by a car. He suffered a terrible brain injury. This meant Voitre was no longer able to draw. But thanks to his two loyal employees, the workshop continued to produce work from all the drawings that were made before the accident. Vera and Voitre made two trips back to Europe, before Voitre’s accident eventually got the better of him and he passed away in November 1999.

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