Dale Jacobsen, the granddaughter of Jack O’Leary, decided to research her grandfather, as so little was known about him, apart from his migration from the coalfields of Wales, and his taking of his bride to live in a navvy camp on the Mary Valley. He held a position of importance in a railway union.
Dale trawled through nearly a century of records at the Rail, Tram and Bus Union in Brisbane. A fascinating tale of political intrigue emerged that reached to the very top of the Australian government.
The book is easy to read, as the author has chosen to present the results of her research and family history in a format similar to that of a novel. The chapters are divided into 4 parts, and the book follows the chronology of Jack’s life from 1912 to 1936.