Bourchier, Sir Murray William James

Born 4 April 1881 (Pootilla, Victoria)
Died 16 December 1937. (London)
Parents: Edward, farmer, and Francis (Fanny) Cope
Marriage: 16 June 1921 Minona Francis Madden; 2s. 1d.
Occupation: Grazier and soldier
Religion: Church of England
Education: Privately, Melbourne

Career: Worked on family property Woodland Park near Strathmerton; commanded a light horse troop Numurkah 1909-1914; Australian Imperial Force 1914-1919, 4th Light Horse, Gallipoli, Egypt and Palestine, CO, lieutenant-colonel, DSO 1917 following capture of Beersheeba, mentioned in dispatches three times, CMG 1919; CO, colonel 5th Cavalry brigade 1921, CO, brigadier, 2nd Cavalry division 1931; post-war returned to Strathmerton, later farmed at Katandra; Agent-General 1936-1937; Kt 1938 (posthumous). Son-in-law of Sir Frank Madden MLA 1894-1917 (q.v.).

Party: Victorian Farmers Union
Party Note: Country party, deputy leader 1927-1930, 1935-1936, leader 1933-1935, councillor 1929-1930

House Electorate Start *   End *  
MLAGoulburn ValleyOctober 1920 August 1936Resigned

Appointments: Minister of Agriculture and of Markets Nov 1924-May 1927, Chief Secretary, Minister of Labour and Deputy Premier Apr 1935-June 1936 (resigned).
References: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 7
Initial data source: Browne, G, 'Biographical Register of the Victorian Parliament 1900-84', 1985
Last update: 1985 (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.