Murphy, Sir Francis

Born 1809 (Cork)
Died 30 March 1891. (South Yarra)
Parents: Francis Down and Mary, nee Morris
Marriage: 1840, Agnes Cruikshank Reid; 4s. 6d.
Occupation: Pastoralist
Religion: Church of England
Education: Studied medicine at Trinity College Dublin; Member of the Royal College of Surgeons London 1835

Career: Emigrated Sydney 1836; appointed colonial surgeon 1837; abandoned profession for farming Company Argyll; president magistrates bench, Goulburn; to Port Phillip 1847; purchased Tarawingi station near Beechworth which he sold 1852; with James Henty and others, held several properties in 1860s. Chairman Central Boad Board 1853-1856; director National Bank 1863-1873. KB 1860.

House Electorate Start *   End *  
MLCMurrayNovember 1851 March 1853Resigned
MLCMurrayAugust 1853 March 1856 
MLAMurray BoroughsNovember 1856 December 1865 
MLAGrenvilleFebruary 1866 January 1871 
MLCEasternDecember 1872 November 1876Resigned

Other seats contested: Grenville 1871, Speaker 1856-1871
Appointments: Chairman committees 1851-1853. Royal commission Burke and Wills 1861, intercolonial legislation 1870, Federal union 1870
References: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 5
Initial data source: Thomson, K & Serle, G, 'A Biographical Register of the Victorian Legislature 1851-1900', ANU Press, 1972
Last update: 1972 (last date the record was checked and updated)

*The Start date for Members elected after 1900 is the date they were elected. The start date for pre-1900 Members is the date they were sworn in.