Born to Welsh parents in 1936, Jane Buttery grew up in S. Wales, Kent and Southampton England where she earned an honours history degree in 1959. After living in Malaysia where she taught for 4.5 years, she came to Canada with her husband in 1965. Since then, she has taught and lived in Essex County except for a year in Canberra Australia in 1978-79 when she returned to teaching High School.
After retiring in 1993, Jane’s keen interest in this community has led her to write picture books and novels for children about the area. She believes young children can relate to places they know well such as Colasanti’s, the Harrow Fair, Jack Miner’s Bird Sanctuary and historic Amherstburg.
In 2014, she finished another historical novel called Two at the Crossroad– Catharine Malott Girty and Tecumapese (Tecumseh’s sister), She discovered that the two women could have met when Catharine was captured in 780 and traded to the Shawnee where she was adopted and lived for 4 years. She was rescued in 1784 by Simon Girty who lived in Amherstburg and they married in August. They had 4 children and one died in 1812 after Detroit was retaken. Catharine lived until 1852 and died at the age of 88. Tecumapese had a harder life and died about 1815 in Moravian.
Jane has also written several life stories for people in the county. She has been a volunteer with the Hospice of Windsor and Essex County for over 25 years and is active in pastoral care for her local Anglican Parish. In this capacity , she leads a Bible chat at Harrowood, a seniors residence and visits local hospitals.
Jane is an ardent supporter of Windsor’s Symphony Orchestra and loves classical music. Her other interests are reading mysteries and non -fiction, the theatre and travelling – mainly to UK and Europe to visit family and friends.
She is married to a research scientist Brian and has brought up four children with him. In 2016, Jane is finishing another picture book about Point Pelee National Park and eventually another local historical novel. Her love of research and joy in her community keeps her writing.