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James Ward Practical Taylor (6 February 2012)
contributed by tdconep
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James Thomas Ward (Jimmy) was my grandfather. The picture of this shop is the second I have found of his time working through country Queensland. His earlier shop in Monto still stands in the main street.
Jimmy (Grandpa) was a bit of a character. My mother and aunty have hundreds of stories to tell of their father's times in the country.
My favourite is when he and my grandmother headed off the local policeman who was on the way to the pub to raid the SP bookie. Jimmy chatted up the policeman while nanna (Mary) ducked around the back way to the pub to warn the bookie and retrieve the book which she proceeded to hide in her bread bin!
This story was uploaded into the Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia entry for the Locality 'Cracow'.