Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

He Loved Cycling, Writing; OBITUARY:JOHN EDGAR (JACK) MOTT 1926-2012

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

He Loved Cycling, Writing; OBITUARY:JOHN EDGAR (JACK) MOTT 1926-2012

Article excerpt

WELL known letter writer Jack Mott was born on Melbourne Cup day, November 1, 1926, the eldest of 17 children.

The family comprised six children (two of whom died in infancy) from original family, two step-brothers and nine half-brothers and sisters.

His family moved from the Melbourne area to Echuca and then to Cobar, Dubbo and other parts of country NSW.

In 1932 when his fatherCOs marriage was struggling and times were difficult economically, Jack spent time living in Dubbo with his grandparents. Jack later went into a Child Welfare Home in Sydney and then a foster home for four years in Sydney.

Who would have thought a nine-year-old boy, who lived a hand-to-mouth existence on the banks of the Murray River outside of Mildura would go on to achieve so much and have an opportunity to experience what the world had to offer.

He managed to gain an education, secure a trade, move into the public service, go on to university, represent his country working overseas and provide a more secure, comfortable and healthy future for his family.

Jack married Margaret Broome in December, 1946, and they had seven children.

During their marriage they lived in Eaglehawk, Bendigo, Boort and Echuca, moving to Melbourne in 1964. Margaret died in 1968.

In 1973 he met and married Eva Mangalsinghe.

Jack always believed however low your luck was, there was someone worse off. He recalled times as a child when the family struggled to feed themselves but still managed to help others in more desperate need.

He had an excellent capacity for memorising information demonstrated by his success in a range of radio and TV quiz shows such as Pick a Box and Treasure Hunt.

He loved reading and creative writing whether it be poetry, letters to newspapers, opinion pieces or documenting family history.

Jack had literally hundreds of letters to the editor published in newspapers across the country, including The Morning Bulletin, often as part of a personal campaign to change attitudes or government policy.

He was a great storyteller and despite emphasising to his family the importance of the truth, would manage to embellish his recollection of events to add a bit of mystery or spice. …

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