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Murphy, John (1829–1870)

John Murphy was born in Pembrokeshire, Wales, in 1829. He left for Australia with his parents in 1841. On board the ship he heard Leichhardt expounding his views about the exploration of Central Australia. He joined Leichhardt's expedition at the age of 15 years and proved a most useful member of the party. Murphy's Lagoons and Murphy's Range near Taroom were named by Leichhardt in honour of this youth. After he returned to his parents in Sydney they would not permit him to join any more expeditions and he then qualified as a surveyor and an artist. He died in 1870. His father, James Murphy, became Mayor of Sydney in 1860.

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31 January, 1829
Pembrokeshire, Wales


9 January, 1870 (aged 40)
New South Wales, Australia

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