After many changes in career, Harry Swain arrived in Preston at the advanced age of 57 to establish a shoe shop in High Street Preston. A gifted public speaker, Swain was elected to the Preston Council in 1932, representing West Ward, and was to remain in office until 1948. In 1935-6 Swain became Mayor of Preston. He died in 1955.
Preston Historical Society (1968). Brief biographies of prominent Preston People. Preston, Vic: Author.