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James Laurence (Jim) Murphy (1860–1942)

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Jim Murphy, caricature by Dick Ovenden, 1924

Jim Murphy, caricature by Dick Ovenden, 1924

Labor Call (Melbourne), 10 April 1924, p 11

James Laurence (Jim) Murphy (1860-1942) traveller, cordial manufacturer, mayor and Labor parliamentarian 

Birth: 6 May 1860 in County Cork, Ireland, son of Laurence Murphy (d.1895), farmer and clerk, and Mary, née Flynn (1833-1888). Marriage: 11 January 1892 at St Joseph’s Church, Port Melbourne, Victoria, to Margaret O'Flaherty (1863-1934), a schoolteacher born in County Tipperary, Ireland. Death: 17 February 1942 at South Melbourne. Religion: Catholic. 

  • Reputedly took an active part in the land league agitation in Ireland.
  • Arrived in Australia in early 1880s.
  • Employed as a traveller and as a cordial manufacturer for Plummer & Murphy, South Melbourne, from about 1895 to 1918.
  • City councillor, South Melbourne, for Labor from 1904 to 1942; mayor 1910-11. Associate of J. Liston and John Wren.
  • Elected member of the Legislative Assembly for Port Melbourne for Labor on 1 November 1917 and held the seat until his death. Served on the Royal Commission into Fisheries 1918-1919 and on the Public Accounts Committee 1925-32.
  • Secretary Fire Brigade Employees Union from about 1917 to 1942. Chairman of Melbourne Metropolitan Fire Brigade Commission, Melbourne Harbor Trust, 1910-1913.
  • Founding member of South Melbourne Holy Name Society.
  • Sponsored the movement to open up Fishermen’s Bend, which he prophesised would become the “Birmingham of Australia”.
  • Cause of death: hypostatic broncho-pneumonia and bronchitis.

Sources
Geoff Browne Biographical register of the Victorian Parliament, 1900-84 (Melbourne, 1985); Australian Worker, 23 April 1924.

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'Murphy, James Laurence (Jim) (1860–1942)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, https://peopleaustralia.anu.edu.au/biography/murphy-james-laurence-jim-33904/text42472, accessed 30 May 2024.

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Jim Murphy, caricature by Dick Ovenden, 1924

Jim Murphy, caricature by Dick Ovenden, 1924

Labor Call (Melbourne), 10 April 1924, p 11

Life Summary [details]

Birth

6 May, 1860
Cork, Ireland

Death

17 February, 1942 (aged 81)
South Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Cause of Death

pneumonia

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