- 8 June 1927
Sydney, News South Wales, Australia
- 8 March 2012
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
- Air hostess and Flight attendant
- Alternative Names
- Smith, Elaine Junette (birth name)
Born in Sydney in 1927, the middle daughter of three girls born to Dulcie and James Smith, Elaine Junette Swain (nee Smith) worked as an air hostess and hostess superintendent, in Australia and abroad, during the 1950s, 60s and 70s. In 1956, she established the Airline Hostesses Association of Australia; in 1966 she established Wings Away, an association for the former Airline Hostesses of Trans Australian Airlines (TAA). Wings Away had a social and a fund-raising focus, with the emphasis on raising funds for the benefit of children with disabilities. In 1976, through Wings Away, she helped to establish a specialist lending library to support and assist the parents of children with disabilities.