Person Sheet

Name Frances GANNON
Birth 1887, Poowong, Vic
Death 22 Sep 1964, Korumburra, Vic Age: 77
Father James Malachy GANNON (1858-1904)
Mother Mary Margaret MOLONEY
Birth 1 Jan 1882
Death 11 May 1937, Korumburra, Vic Age: 55
Mother Annie JURATOWITCH (1863-1942)
Children: Frances Nicholas (1913-1976)
Notes for Frances GANNON
Frances had been reared to be a lady, by her very strict mother. She "finished " at a convent boarding school in Melbourne where she learned "the manners and correct behavior of young ladies". She was a devoted wife and mother, taking great pride in her home- but she was also a Gannon and continued as book-keeper for the newspaper, sending out the monthly bills, etc.
In later years Frances joined a local croquet club and thoroughly enjoyed the company.
Obituary notice in the Korumburra Times:--------Mrs Frances Juratowitch, who passed away at Maryborough last week, at the age of 79, was the eldest member of the Gannon family, which is steeped in Gippsland newspaper history,and who were amongst the pioneers in the country newspaper industry in Victoria.
Mrs Juratowitch's father (the late Malachy Gannon) commenced the Ruin Independant, and later moved to Bena to commence the publication of the Great Southern Advocate in 1889.
A few years later the headquarters of the paper moved into Korumburra, and until it ceased publication in 1959, the Advocate continued to be published by the Gannon family, with the proprietor being Mr frank Juratowitch... a third generation member of the family.
Members of the Gannon family are still closely linked with the South Gippsland newspaper world, with members of the family operating papers at Wonthaggi, Kooweerup and Leongatha.
The late Mrs. Juratowitch as a young woman, was often called upon to assist with the production of the newspaper, and could hand set type better than many fully qualified tradesmen.
Upon her marriage to the late Arthur Juratowitch, she continued to assist in many ways with the production and policy of the Great Southern Advocate.
The Gannon family was closely associated with the building of the first Catholic church in Korumburra, and the home of Malachy Gannon was used on many occasions by a priest who travelled to Korumburra on horseback from Drouin, to celebrate the first masses held in the town.
Mrs Juratowitch attended the first school ever established in Korumburra when it was situated on land near the Korumburra Butter Factory.
In later years she became the first president of St Joseph's ladies auxiliary, and was a keen member of the Korumburra Bowling Club.
For the past 20 years, Mrs Juratowitch had not lived in Korumburra, having spent the majority of the time with either one of her two daughters... Eveline (Mrs Ron O'Halloran, of Maryborough) or Molly (Mrs Jim Treacy, of Gunbower.)
The funeral of the late Mrs Juratowitch left St Joseph's Church after requiem mass last Wednesday for the Korumburra cemetery.
Sincere Sympathy is extended to her two daughters, and son Frank in their bereavement. A son Vincent predeceased her. (Korumburra Times dated September 1964)
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