Australian English Genealogy

 Descendants of Elizabeth Morris

Notes - Page 24

James Robb Ward

Constable James Robb Ward, 56, died suddenly in Brisbane whilst proceeding to duty at Wooloongabba. Stationed at Gladstone for many years, he was a popular figure in the local force and his wife won awards at local flower shows in aid of charitable and patriotic funds. Constable Ward figured in an heroic incident when a young man just after entering the force. His voyage from Thursday Island down the Queensland coast in charge of a boat conveying aboriginal lepers to Brisbane was an epic. Blown hundreds of miles off
course to sea in a cyclone, the party was given up for lost, but Ward, the only white man on board, eventually succeeded in reaching the coast after being without food and water for several days. He is survided by his widow. -Gladstone correspondent.
Source: Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton) 9 Aug 1952