Born: Established: 30 Aug 1866 Birmingham, West Midlands,
In 1951 Ward sold the rights to his bird paintings to Life magazine for £1,000. Among the art works identified by Ward and which are still in existence are: 'Visiting Day at the Brisbane Children's Hospital' (1888), 'Something About Cairns' (1888), 'No Cure, No Pay' (1888), 'Appearances Were Against Him' (1890), 'A Fair Daisy' (1903), 'A Kangaroo Hunt' (1905), 'Maori with Moa' (1907) and 'Ambushed: A Scene of Early Days in Queensland' (1908).
Peter Reynolds provides some excellent biographical information on Ward in 'From Cameron's Cove to Adolphus Street.' Leichhardt Historical Journal 15 (1986), 43-74, 77-84. See the section 'Shannon Grove and John Ward' pp. 57-58.
This Jack Ward should not be confused with a similarly-named comedian and female impersonator known to have been working South Australia around the turn of the century. He is referred to in at least one article as the 'well-known Adelaide comedian' (Petersburg Times 15 November 1901, p.3).
A notice published in the Queensland Figaro in 1887 records: 'Jack Ward (formerly of the Telegraph) has gone up to Silverton, in the Barrier Ranges, to edit the The Silver Age' ('Personals.' 29 October 1887, p.11). Silverton was located 24 kilometres west of Broken Hill, New South Wales.
Research undertaken by Rosslyn Clayton suggests that this was not John Edward Ward. In email correspondence Clayton writes:
I very strongly doubt the Jack Ward 'formerly of the Telegraph' is Uncle Jack as he would only have been 21. Besides this, he would have been gearing up for his first marriage (Elizabeth Davis) which took place on 11 December 1887. They were divorced in 1890. Jack remarried in 1891. From 1888, he was working for the Boomerang as an artist on a casual basis. He did an illustration of S.S. Quetta passengers after it sunk in early 1890 (ctd. 24 June 2016).
Clayton has also discovered an article in the 15 May 1891 edition of the Telegraph (Brisbane) which records that J. E. Ward had been working for Warwick and Sapsford in Adelaide Street as a lithographer for about two years (p.3).