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Joan Elizabeth Swords (1874–1948)

The death has occurred of Mrs. Joan Elizabeth Swords, at her home, 36 Close st., Dandenong, after a long illness.

She was the widow of Mr Fred W. Swords, and since his death 24 years ago she owned the old-established Dandenong Advertiser newspaper, which has been conducted by three of her sons.

Born in West Devonport (T) nearly 74 years ago, Mrs. Swords was a daughter of the late Capt. John Reid, who was widely known on the Australian coast. A brother is Mr. Squire Reid, former member for Oakleigh in the Legislative Assembly.

Mrs Swords took a keen and active interest in many local organisations, particularly the Dandenong and District Hospital, which was founded by her son, Robert, who lost his life with the R.A.A.F. in England during the last war.

She had 12 children, and four daughters and five sons survive her.

After a service at the home at 10.45 a.m. today, she will be buried in the family grave in the Dandenong Cemetery. W. J. Garnar and Son have charge of the funeral arrangements.

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