The following article is taken from "The Frankston Times," dated 29 September 2014, page 35, from an article titled, '100 Years Ago This Week.' This extract was originally in the pages of the "Mornington Standard," dated 3 October 1914.

"Mrs. J. W. Swords, of Victoria Villa, Hutton Street, Dandenong, died on Friday morning last, aged 93 years. The deceased lady was born at Nenagh, Ireland on 21 April 1821 and came of a good old English family, her mother being one of the Falkner's of Bushy Park and Mount Falkner, County of Tipperary."

"She married in 1839 James Walter Swords, whose father was a colour sergeant in the famous Black Watch, and spent the rest of his days as Librarian at Somerset House, London."

"They emigrated to Australia in March 1840, in the sailing ship "Theresa" (Captain Wood) arriving at Liardet's Beach, now Port Melbourne, after five months' voyage."

"Mr. Swords came out under engagement to Mr. Thomas Strode, of the "Port Phillip Patriot." Mr. Swords was employed as shipping reporter on the "Patriot" and afterwards journeyed overland to Portland, where he founded the first provincial paper, the Portland "Guardian." "

"In 1851 he had amassed considerable landed property in Bourke Street and at Collingwood, which was then open country, and was building freely, when the Goldfields rush took place, and he was left with a number of half finished houses on his hands and was sold up by the money-lenders. In 1860 he established the Bacchus Marsh "Guardian" and in 1874 the Dandenong "Advertiser," now the property of Messrs. Henry Falkner* and F. W. Swords. Mr. Swords predeceased his wife 30 years ago. Mrs. Swords was the mother of 13 children, the eldest being the late Mrs. Henry Scarborough** of Frankston."


James Walter Swords died in 1879 aged 62 years. There are no 'Swords' in our Port Phillip Pioneers database.

Mrs. J. W. Swords death details were unable to be found, as she may have re-married. She was Mary Ann Conron/Conran as per her child's death notice.

* Henry Falkner Swords obit. 1917, aged 71 years.

** The late Mrs. Henry Scarborough was Mary Ann Swords and died in Frankston in 1896 aged 52 years.

( Contributed by Michael Grogan - PPPG Member No. 1332 )

[James Walter Swords]

James Walter Swords
( Source: Chuck Photomosaic, State Library of Victoria )

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