Returning to his rural land, Joseph worked extremely hard and ended up owning several properties in conjunction with his brothers and sisters. He returned from a terrible war to build an Australian rural dream and came out of the depression (1930’s) dented but still going.
You would ask, how much can one endure or how strong a man do you have to be?
Joseph married Edith Matilda Conn and they went onto have three children and set up life on the land.
On return from the war, Joseph continued to struggle from the challenges of war and we believe he was not coping with the deep trauma and stress of those times. In a terrible outcome, Joseph took the life of his wife and himself at a special spot …. a lovely tree lined area on the bore drain at “meadowlands” (part of their adjoining property).
He rests with his wife on his “Silver Hills” property, north of Richmond, Queensland with the rising sun on his stone.
So at 5.55am this Anzac Day 25 April 2020, when you are up and at the end of your driveway to honour our past heroes and veterans, remember Joseph and his like and be very thankful for what we have today, because of them.
Lest we forget.