"He was a single male alone in a small town with no family to care for him. By any criteria, he was a suicide risk.”
Resurrection written by Patricia McDermott tells the tragic true story leading up to the death of her younger brother, Matthew, at just 28 years old.
Matthew’s dream was not uncommon. The plan was to get out of Sydney and settle down in the small country town of Temora NSW. His dream was to eventually buy a little farm, start his career as a high school teacher in a small town, and have a family. A simple plan you would think.
Matthew lasted in Temora for just 6 months.
Patricia’s memoir reveals the untold stories from Temora. Using a collection of family and friends' recollections, as well as witness statements and official reports, we learn the power of four young girls and an undersupported community
Pat McDermott was born in 1953 and raised in bushland surrounding the Georges River in Sydney. One of four children, she enrolled in the University of New South Wales after school to study science. A varied career soon followed, first as a medical microbiologist, then as a schoolteacher and finally as a senior policy officer working for the Federal Government on national school education issues. It was while working in Canberra that Pat discovered the power of the written word. Medically retired in 2002, she returned to Sydney to live with her mother. It was after her mother’s death in 2010 that Pat decided to research and write her first book, Resurrection, which tells the tragic true story of the death of her younger brother. Pat still lives in her native Sydney and spends her time playing bridge each week and keeping in touch with family.