Harold George Read Swan was born on 23 Jul 1876, the youngest of five children of Charles Cameron Swan (1836-1904), a gentleman, and Georgina Ann Read of 'Dunedin', St Leonards or Patersons Plains. On 22 Aug 1876 his mother died aged 39 when Harold was just a month old. Harold was christened on 4 Sep 1876 at St Peter's Anglican Church, St Leonards; his mother had been buried there eleven days earlier. Harold moved to Mudgeeraba, Queensland, where he was a grazier and dairy farmer. On 5 Sep 1930, at the age of 54, he married Mildred Scott Liddle at St James' Church, Sydney. Harold and Mildred were living in Queen Street, Southport, when he died in 1947. His two sisters, Mary and Julia, are also pictured in the Launceston Family Album.