Remembering Esme… with the passing of Joyce Jacobs 477



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Joyce Jacobs, Australia’s favourite nosy neighbour, spinster Esme Watson from A Country Practice, passed away today aged 91.  Jacobs was well known in Australian television circles, but clearly best recognised for her twelve year role in the long running series where she was one of the pivotal characters, the nosy spinster neighbour that everyone would see regularly.  Joyce stayed with the show for its entire run, until it ended in 1993, a popular member of the cast.

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According to, Jacobs had been diagnosed with Parkinsons ten years ago and had been living in an aged care facility in Taren Point in Sydney where her funeral service will be held on Friday.  She kept closely in touch with many of the A Country Practice team, who joined her for 90th birthday celebrations just last year.


I used to look forward to A Country Practice every week, and remember Esme with great fondness… Were you A Country Practice watcher?  How do you remember Esme?  


Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson is the founder and publisher of Starts at Sixty. The daughter of two baby boomers, she has built the online community for over 60s by listening carefully to the issues and seeking out answers, insights and information for over 60s throughout Australia. Rebecca is an experienced marketer, a trained journalist and has a degree in politics. A mother of 3, she passionately facilitates and leads our over 60s community, bringing the community opinions, needs and interests to the fore and making Starts at Sixty a fun place to be.

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