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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Bert" / "Harry" Herbert MURRAY

Born 1876 in Bolton, Lancashire, England [20] [21]
Son of Richard MURRAY and Amelia KAY [20] [21]
His father worked as a Skip Maker, Shopman to a General Dealer and later as a Basket Maker [20]
Resided with his parents and siblings John, Edward, Sarah and Thomas at 22 Morton Street in Tonge with Haulgh, Lancashire [20]
By 1891 he was working a Piecer at a Cotton Factory [20]
His mother passed away at the age of 48 years in 1891, and his father at the age of 52 years in 1900 [21]
Married "Lizzie" Elizabeth Ellen GRUNDY in 1903 in Lancashire, England [21]
Departed London, England with his daughter Edna on the steamship Euripidesfor Albany, Western Australia on 23 June 1922 [203]
Acquired the 790 acre Lot 16 of the Inering Estate in Carnamah through the Soldier Settlement Scheme in 1923 [P252]
Farmer of Highfields Farm on the Inering Estate Carnamah 1923-1933 [P252]
During the early years on the farm he obtained most of his supplies and groceries by train from Bairds Stores in Perth [P252]
Also had bread sent up on the train and purchased meat, by the half side of mutton, from his neighbours the CUMMING Bros [P252]
Signed the petition in February 1923 for the Irwin Licensing Court to grant a hotel license for Carnamah [10: 9-Mar-1923]
His wife, daughter Hilda and son Fred arrived in Western Australia to join him in Carnamah on 31 May 1923 [70] [P162]
In 1925 he had some of the finest crops in the Carnamah district, some of which were expected to average 30 bushels [9: 9-Oct-1925]
His sister-in-law Jane GRUNDY arrived in Western Australia on 24 August 1936 and lived with them in Carnamah [63] [P162]
Had the telephone connected to his farm around 1927 - was telephone number Inering-9 [60]
He purchased a new Chevrolet car from local dealer Scott WYLIE in May 1927 and again in June 1929 [4: 7-May-1927, 15-Jun-1929]
Also owned a Chevrolet truck, which was licensed with the Carnamah District Road Board with numberplate CA-217 [325]
In January 1928 purchased a new Fordson tractor from Three Springs dealer C. W. F. PEARN [4: 14-Jan-1928]
Attended Charles ROBERTSON and Winifred LANG's wedding dance on 27 March 1928 at the Carnamah Hall [4: 31-Mar-1928]
Smoked cigarettes, and ahead of her time and against common knowledge his wife insisted they were bad for his health [226]
Had an account with Carnamah blacksmith, wheelwright and motor mechanics Henry Parkin & Son in the 1920s and early 1930s [53]
In 1928 he wasn't well and they hoped after another year establishing the farm that it would be ready to sell [226]
Had the telephone disconnected in 1931, probably due to the strain of the depression [60]
Passed away from Puller Tuberculosis and Asthma [1] as a result of war injuries [158]
Father of Hilda, Edna and Fred [P162]
Died 25 January 1933 in Carnamah; buried at the Winchester Cemetery in Carnamah, Western Australia (Row B, Plot 6) [1]
Rev. A. W. CURTIS of Coorow officiated at his funeral, which was undertaken by Henry Parkin & Son of Carnamah [1]
During the 1933-34 financial year ownership of his farm was transferred to his wife Mrs Ellen Elizabeth MURRAY [3]
He is memorialised on his wife's headstone at the Old Mandurah Cemetery in Mandurah, Western Australia [158]

From The Irwin Index newspaper, Saturday 4 February 1933:
Obituary - Herbert Murray - The Passing of a Returned Soldier
"It is with extreme regret that we record the death of Mr. Herbert Murray, which took place at his farm at Carnamah on the 25th ult. The deceased gentleman, who was 56 years of age, served during the war with the Australian Imperial Forces, and during recent years he has been a sufferer from war disabilities, to which he eventually succumbed. The funeral took place at Winchester on the day following death, the Rev. A. W. Curtis conducting a service in the Presbyterian Church Hall at Carnamah and later officiating at the graveside in the presence of a large assemblage. The Union Jack was flown at half-mast on the day of the funeral and later placed over the casket, the "Last Past" being sounded by Colin Stone. About twenty-five cars comprised the cortege to the cemetery, amongst those present being many ex-service men paying last respects to a deceased comrade. The [pall] bearers were all returned soldiers, Messrs J. K. Forrester, W. Sheridan, R. W. Clark, E. K. Wells, C. Kroschel and H. Smith. The chief mourners were Mrs. Murray (widow), Hilda and Edna (daughters), Fred (son), and Miss Grundy (sister-in-law)."

From The Irwin Index newspaper, Saturday 4 February 1933:
"Mrs. E. Murray and family, of Carnamah, wish to thank all kind friends for letters, telegrams, floral tributes, and personnel expressions of sympathy received in their recent sad bereavement. Will all please accept this as an expression of their heartfelt gratitude."

From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 26 January 1934:
In Memoriam
"MURRAY - In loving memory of my dear husband and our dear father Herbert, who passed away January 25, 1933, at Carnamah. They never quite leave us the ones that have passed. From the shadows of earth to the sunlight above. A thousand sweet memories are holding them fast, To the homes that they blessed with their presence and love. Inserted by his wife and children."

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Herbert Murray' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 3 July 2022 from [reference list]

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