|Date of birth||29/08/1905|
|Date of death||29/11/1947|
Son of john Ahern and Elizabeth Gertrude Smythe [Smith] [Qld Ref:C4112]
The Longreach Leader Friday 5 December 1947
OBITUARY MR. JOSEPH AHERN
The sudden death in the Longreach Base Hospital on Saturday last has removed from the Longreach and Muttaburra district a member of an old and most highly respected family, and one who, by his kindly nature endeared him to all with whom he came in contact. The late Mr. Ahern had not been in robust health for some time, and, taken ill at Inveresk, his home, during the week, suffered the rigours of an arduous trip in the rain to hospital.
Born in Longreach 42 years ago, and the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. John Ahern of Thornton, Muttaburra and Brisbane, deceased received his secondary education at St. Joseph’s College, Nudgee, where he was an athlete, especially on the football field, of a high standard. After leaving Nudgee he joined his father and brothers in their pastoral pursuits in the Muttaburra district, acquiring in 1932 Inveresk, where he resided and which he managed in the interests of the family partnerships, till his last illness. A keen horseman in his younger days, he was a well-known amateur rider, well known on many Central and Northern courses, including Townsville. He was associated with his father and brothers also in several well known performers on western courses.
In 1919 he married Miss Olive Margaret Swanson, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Swanson, Birracannia, Tangorin and she and one daughter, Marie, mourn his passing. He is also survived by his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. John Ahern, Messrs. J. Ahern junr. (Avro, Dartmouth), W. Ahern (“The Telegraph,” Brisbane), T. Ahern Thornton, Muttaburra), and Mrs. P. Haseler (Bungoona, Muttaburra). A sister, Mrs T. Mc Kenzie, pre-deceased him a few years ago. A very largely attended funeral cortege paid its last respects at the Longreach cemetery on Sunday, Very Rev. Dean W. J. Mc Elhinney officiating.
[Source: The ARAMAC-MUTTABURRA DISTRICT. (1947, December 5). The Longreach Leader (Qld.: 1923 – 1954), p. 6. Retrieved September 18, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article126640441]