John Ward Obituary, Death – The Bus and Coach Society of Victoria would like to express our deepest condolences to the friends and family of John Ward, also known as Bottle, who went away suddenly over the weekend. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. John was a prolific photographer who captured the transport scene in Sydney and New South Wales across a number of decades.
John was also an active participant in activities involving enthusiast clubs. His photographs can be found in numerous publications. His legacy will be maintained through the photographs he took as well as the notes he recorded, much like the legacies of many other people today are saved in the same ways. Our publication, Australian Bus Panorama, will include a note of the passing of a loved one in an upcoming issue of the magazine.
John Ward was a well-known and ardent supporter of the public transportation system in Sydney. It is with great regret that we must inform you of his passing because he was a strong advocate for the system. In 1972, John was a part of a group that made a contribution toward the purchase of a Sydney Double decker bus for the purpose of preservation. This acquisition took place in Sydney.
This particular group played an important role in the development of what is now known as the Sydney Bus Museum and was vital in its founding. John has been working with the museum from its inception, and he has been an active participant in the restoration of a significant number of old modes of transportation. John was an incredible photographer who photographed everything that had to do with transportation. His photo collection, which is now in the custody of the Sydney City Council and may be viewed by anybody, was donated after John’s passing.