Mary Swift


Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Newtown 1937 1941
  • Alderman M J Swift, JP, Newtown Council, Newtown Council 1938-41 (Marrickville Council Library and History Services N3.282a)

Family background

Mary Joan ‘Mollie’ Swift lived at 2 Linthorpe Street, Newtown. She had been born in Junee, the daughter of Larry Maloney, a saddler and local alderman. She was married to William Henry Swift in 1912. She died on 19 July 1966.

Community activity

Mollie Swift was a justice of the peace (JP). When she was elected to Newtown Council in 1938, Swift made history as she joined Lilian Fowler as a female alderman on the council. She also served as Treasurer of the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Ex-Patients’ Association in 1938. In 1962 was appointed to the Camperdown Memorial Rest Park Trust.

Local government service

Mollie Swift was an alderman on Newtown Council in 1937-41, representing O’Connell Ward. She had replaced Alderman Frederick Roberts in April 1938. She did not stand again in 1941 due to ill health.


‘Family Notices’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 7 December 1912, p. 22

‘Newtown Council’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 19 July 1937, p. 10

‘Another woman in Newtown Council’, Truth, 3 April 1938, p. 18.

‘Personal’, Daily Advertiser, 11 December 1941, p. 4




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