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John McMurray (1862-1938)

Citation

“John McMurray (1862-1938),” Wyndham History, accessed November 12, 2019, http://www.wyndhamhistory.net.au/items/show/270.
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Description

Shire President 1908-1909
Shire President 1915-1916
Shire President 1919-1920

Description

Shire President 1908-1909
Shire President 1915-1916
Shire President 1919-1920

Title

John McMurray (1862-1938)

Subject

McMurray, John, Councillors - Werribee (Vic.), Farmers - Werribee (Vic.), Justices of the peace - Werribee (Vic.),

Publisher

Wyndham City Libraries

Date

1908

Format

text

Language

eng

Type

Text

Identifier

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Biographical Text

John McMurray was born in Clunes in 1862 and came to Werribee in 1893.  He was a successful farmer, and an active member of the community.  

Mr. McMurray was appointed a representative of the North Riding for the Werribee Shire and occupied that position for 32 years. He was Shire President in 1908-1909, 1915-1916 and 1919-1920. In later years he was termed "the father of the Council".

John was a Justice of the Peace, an officer of St. Thomas’ Presbyterian Church and a foundation member of the Werribee Freemasons Lodge.  During the First World War he was prominent in all efforts on behalf of the soldiers, and was president of the Red Cross Society.

John had two sons, Harry and Clarence. He is buried at the Werribee Cemetery.

Bibliography

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), 14 June, 1938
Werribee Shire Banner (Vic. : 1911 - 1952), 16 June, 1938

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