Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Joseph Was No Dummy; Now His History Lives On

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Joseph Was No Dummy; Now His History Lives On

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Byline: Sue Downey

After entertaining the troops during the Second World War, ventriloquist Joseph Dwyer was returning to England when his ship was torpedoed.

Ginger, his dummy, was thrown overboard in the ruckus that ensued but luckily both Joseph and Ginger survived the episode.

When Joseph died many years later, his war medals were given to his 12-year-old grandson, Mark Jorgensen, and Ginger was given to Mark's brother.

From there Mark, who lives in Hervey Bay, developed a taste for military memorabilia leading him to buy a set of old books 18 years ago from a gunsmith who maintained military firearms.

Inside the cover of one WWI medical history book he discovered an invitation to attend an AAMC ex-AIF reunion on May 22, 1937, at the AAMC Drill Hall in Brisbane.

On the list of entertainers was one Joseph Dwyer, a ventriloquist.

"I couldn't believe it when I saw Pop's name on the entertainment list," Mr Jorgensen said.

"I paid $20 for the books and found out the set of three books is valued at $500. …

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