John Murray

(15/08/1837 - 18/11/1917)

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Born: 15/08/1837 at Mauchline, Ayrshire, Scotland Certified Father: Peter Murray (Born 00/00/0000)
Died: 18/11/1917 Certified Mother: Jane Witherspoon
Children: John Stewart Hartley Murray (Born 27/07/1874)
Jane Witherspoon Murray (Born 01/04/1876)
Campbell Robert Hartley Murray (Born 25/11/1877)

Jane Elizabeth Hartley on 01/09/1873 at Queensland, Australia Certified


Batch No: 0970061
Sheet: 36
Source Call No.: 1553401
Type: Film

According to he was born in Ayrshire, Scotland on 16 July 1841.

Marriage Ref: 1873/000636

Occupation: pastoralist and politician

He was the son of Peter and Jean (nee Witherspoon) and was formally educated at Mauchline. He came to the Victorian Goldfields in Australia in 1852. He lived in Bendigo and Ballarat. John and his brothers, Thomas and Campbell, began shipping cattle from Twofold Bay and Newcastle Bay to New Zealand 10 years later. This business lasted for 2 years until NZ banned cattle imports.

John rode to Brisbane around December 1864 where his eldest brother was already residing and then settled in Rockhampton. He named his property Fitzroy Park and grew sugar cane.

He married twice. 1st marriage to Jane Elizabeth Hartley by whom he had two sons and one daughter. Jane died in 1877. His 2nd marriage was on 3 January 1882 to Margaret McGavin also at Rockhampton. They had three sons and one daughter.

He acquired pastoral stations in central Queensland, at Beaconsfield, Delta, Gowan Hills, Mt Watson and Moselle Downs.

John Murray's political career included: MLA for Normanby from 19 May 1888 - 6 March 1901; Member for the Legislative Council from 12 March 1901 - 13 November 1903 including the Senate in 1903.
(Description taken from: Australian

In his last years he lived at Tullibardine, Brisbane and died at Longreach. He is burried at Longreach and his remains were later reinterred in Toowong Cemetery. Further information on John Murray can be found here:

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