At the age of three, Ann Jones arrived from Sydney with her parents and her sister to live on a sheep and cattle property in the Gulf of Carpentaria, where the family remained for the major part of World War II. It was this experience that inspired her to put her creativity to work and document a way of life that has long since gone.
Since her first labourious encounters with correspondence lessons at the kitchen table, education and motherhood have been the major focuses of Ann’s life. She became a teacher by default ‘to escape the expected female career as a shorthand-typist’ and discovered a lifetime vocation.
She tutored in Speech Remediation and lectured in Practical Studies at James Cook University and Australian Catholic University in Brisbane and taught in various roles in Papua New Guinea where she and her husband lived for a number of years.
Gives us insights into what it was like to grow up in Australia in the before and during WWII. The story is mixed with undertones of delightful humour and fading innocence. Historical events are artfully compared to the tensions in the speaker’s own life.
Invites us to reflect on how far we’ve come, and the precious things that may have been that may have been lost on the way.