A Dubbo V.C. Swagman

13 September 1935  Western Age (Dubbo, NSW)

Carrying his swag, John Ryan, V.C., a former private in the 55th Battalion, A.I.F., and a native of Dubbo (sic), where he enlisted, (sic) walked into an office in Mildura recently and asked for work.

He had hiked from Balranald, and said he had been on the road for four years.

Ryan carries with him his army discharge, which showed that he won his V.C. on the second day of the last big push near Bullecourt.

His Cross was one of the last won in the Great War.

Mildura Council gave him a temporary job right away, and he was also offered a permanent job in the town.