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William Alfred Murphy


Principal Honours
Birth
Date: Circa 1858
Place: Wexford, Ireland, or Formby, Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
Arrival in WA
To WA circa 1894–1895
Parents
Son of Michael, marine superintendent Cunard Company, and Annie Jones
Marriage and Family
Married 9 April 1889, residence of bride, Paddington, NSW to Ada Annie Southern (born circa 1858 and died 17 September 1944), daughter of Thomas James and Anne Jane Grayling
Children: three sons and two daughters
Death
Date: 11 October 1929
Place: Fremantle, Western Australia
Cemetery: Fremantle Cemetery, Western Australia
Cause of Death:
Religion
Church of England
Education
Educated Liverpool Institute, Montreal
Certificates as second mate, first mate, master
Occupation
Seaman, clerk and businessperson
Employment History
1873 with Fordan, March and Company, Boston, United States as trainee buyer
Undertook marine survey Cockburn Sound
Working as customs clerk 1900, then merchant
House
MLA
Local Government Service
Mayor of Fremantle October 1907–1909
Party
Labor until 1894
Later Liberal
Date Elected
9 June 1910
Inaugural Speech
Inaugural Video
Speeches
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Valedictory Speech
Year Retired/Resigned
1911
Electorate
Fremantle
Parliamentary Service
State (WA)

Electorates
  • MLA Fremantle 9 June 1910 (by-election)–3 October 1911
  • Contested Fremantle 3 October 1911

State (NSW)

Electorates
  • MLA Balmain 1891–1894 (Prot)
  • Contested Balmain North 1894
Private Member's Bills
Background/Membership
Went to sea
1879 arrived Sydney, New South Wales
1884 returned to England
1889 left sea to form Officers’ Association in NSW
1890 member of Labour Defence Committee
Member Ugly Men’s Association
Qualifications
References
Black, David and Geoffrey Bolton. Biographical register of members of the Parliament of Western Australia: volume one 1870-1930, p. 149.
Daily Telegraph, (Sydney) 3 July 1891.
Martin, AW and P Wardle, Members of the Legislative Assembly of New South Wales, 1856-1901, p. 157.
Metropolitan Cemeteries Board website. Accessed 26 February 2015. http://www2.mcb.wa.gov.au/NameSearch/details.php?id=FB00015382
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