Australian actress Mary Ward has passed away at 106.

Best known for portraying Jeanette ‘Mum’ Brooks in Prisoner from 1979 to 1981, Ward died on Monday morning at an aged-care facility in Melbourne, her family revealed.

With 39 credits under her name, she also appeared in The Henderson Kids, Sons and Daughters, A Country Practice, Neighbours and Blue Heelers.

At the age of 95, she retired from acting.


Ward was not only an actor, but the first-ever female announcer on the ABC.

She was described as ‘The Forces Sweetheart’ and read letters on-air and music requests in her broadcasts.


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