In 2014, Jeremy Ward began to research and collate information with the aim of writing his family history. The result was Dressmakers, Preachers and Cockies, a Family History Memoir (Boolarong Press, Brisbane, Australia, 2018). When searching through family records, Jeremy came across a diary kept by his mother, Mena Ward, during the first four years of her marriage to Jeremy's father, Bryan Ward, an Anglican parish Rector in Ingham, North Queensland, prior to World War II. Reading the entries, Jeremy saw his mother's personality, humour and caustic turn of phrase leap out at him, but was surprised by how open and emotionally revealing his mother was, as she recorded her struggles to come to terms with her new life. She was far away from metropolitan Sydney, where she had trained to become a nurse, and even further from Urana in rural NSW, where she had spent her childhood.
Author: Ward, Jeremy
Publication date: 21/08/2020