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Swinburne, Ethel (1869–1960)

Mrs George Swinburne

Mrs George Swinburne

Rembrandt Studios

Born, Manchester, England. Daughter of the late Rev. D. James Hamer, of Manchester, England.

Wife of the late Hon. George Swinburne, Minister of Agriculture in the Bent administration (1904); Member of Legislative Council of Victoria (1928); Founder of Swinburne Technical College; son of the late M. W. Swinburne, Esq.

Family, four daughters: Muriel, now wife of Mr. Justice Martin; Edith, now wife of Dr. Clifford Ellingworth; Gwendolen, M. A., Dip. E.; and Margaret.

ACTIVITIES. Founder and Patroness of Swinburne Technical College; President of Victorian Children’s Aid Society; President of Hawthorn Baby Health Centre Committee; President of Queen Victoria Auxiliary, Hawthorn; Vice-president of Executive of Victorian Baby Health Centres; Vice-president of Time and Talents Society. Takes a keen interest in the blind, and transcribes for the Braille Library, having completed over 100 volumes; and for services rendered has been placed on the permanent Honour List. Was present at League of Nations, Geneva, 1925. Has travelled extensively throughout England, Germany, and the Continent, etc. Authoress of book for children, “Buzziwig.”

HOBBIES. Pictures, Antiques (specialising in Tapestry and Miniatures).

CLUB. Presbyterian Ladies’ College Old Collegians.

ADDRESS. “Shenton,” Kinkora Road, Hawthorn, Melbourne, Victoria.

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