Kirsty SWORD

Also known as: née Sword, Kirsty Sword-Gusmao, Ruby Blade

Born: 19/04/1966

Special Achievements:

2005 - First Australian woman to be First Lady of East Timor (married President Xanana Gusmao).

Additional Information:

June 2015 - Sword Gusmão was appointed an officer of the Order of Australia (AO) "For distinguished service to Australia-Timor-Leste relations through the development of mutual cooperation and understanding, particularly in the education sector, and as an advocate for improved health and living conditions for the Timorese people.


  • References

    Curro, Tracey.  (2006, March).  Mother of the nation.  WW, 60-64.

  • References

    Curro, Tracey.  (2006, July).  Heartbreak in East Timor.  WW, 41-42.

  • References

    (2008, October).  Kirsty Sword:  First Australian First Lady of a foreign nation.  WW, 94.

  • Image - Kirsty Sword Gusmão

    Description: Kirsty Sword Gusmão, first lady of Timor Leste, accepts a shipboard plaque from the USS Reuben James (FFG 57). Date: 21 February 2010, 20:38:37 Source: USS Reuben James Arrives in Dili, East Timor Author: Ensign Ben Dalton, Reuben James Public Affairs

    Wikimedia Commons: File:Kirsty Sword Gusmão.jpg