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Lilian May Murphy (1880–1961)

Lilian May Murphy

Lilian May Murphy


Born, Semaphore, South Australia. Daughter of Charles Andrew Murphy (who was for 20 years American Consul in South Australia, also Acting-Consul for Italy for six years) and Sophia Jane (nee Thwaites), of Adelaide, who was a great grand-daughter of Sir William Thwaites, constructor of bridges, who was granted the Freedom of London.

ACTIVITIES. Graduated, Adelaide Hospital; also obtained Diploma for Obstetrics at Columbia University (Sloane Hospital), New York, U. S. A. Was in London when war was declared. Enrolled in Edinburgh with Scottish Women's Hospital for foreign service in 1914, and was appointed Sister-in-charge of Ward Ambulance du Dr. Deparge, Rue Archimede. Calais. Returned to London in 1915, and was temporarily appointed to A. I. F. to convey wounded to Australia from Gallipoli. Hospital Transport, A. 54, S. S. Runic, arrived Australia December, 1915. 1916, re-enlisted in South Australia for active service; re-embarked for India; served in 34th Welsh General Deolali as Night Superintendent; transferred to Victoria War Hospital, Bombay. On her return to Australia in 1918 was attached to Base Hospital, St. Kilda Road, until demobilised as permanently unfit in September, 1918. Studied Art at School for Applied Art, Victoria, and in Rome, Italy; gained four Roman Certificates of Art, and one Australian. Has letters of appreciation for her art work from Buckingham Palace, where she presented Princess Mary with a gift of her work. Miss Murphy ("Madame Charlene”) is noted for her special manufacture of perfume and cosmetics, and at present controls the “Aurora” Beauty Salon.

HOBBIES. Fine Arts, Painting and Designing, Travelling (having toured extensively).

CLUB. Army Nurses.

ADDRESS. “Aurora Products” Laboratory, Jenkins Buildings, 304 Bay Street, North Brighton, Melbourne, Victoria.

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'Murphy, Lilian May (1880–1961)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 26 May 2024.

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Lilian May Murphy

Lilian May Murphy


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Alternative Names
  • Madame Charlene

4 October, 1880
Semaphore, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia


1961 (aged ~ 80)
Heidelberg, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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