Archibald Murray 1850 to 1930

Archibald Murray

Grandson of John Murray and Isabella Scott who emigrated to Australia in 1852.

Son of Hugh Murray and Margaret Beattie.

Born: 23/7/1850

Died: 27/6/1930

Married Catherine Murray [his first cousin] in 1881in Wingham.

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The Manning River Times and Advocate for the Northern Coast Districts of New South Wales – Saturday 28 June 1930

 ARCHIBALD MURRAY

A very old resident “of the ‘ Bulby district,’ in the person of Mr. Archibald Murray, passed away yesterday (Friday) morning, at the age of 80 years.

The remains were to be removed to the Tinonee Presbyterian Church, from where the funeral will leave at 2 p.m. to-day (Saturday) for the Tinonee cemetery.

Sons of deceased are: — Messrs. Edwin Hugh Murray (Taree), Duncan Allan Mclntyre Murray and Hugh James Murray (Tinonee), Albert Lionel Murray  (Kimbriki), George Arthur Murray  and Ernest Leonard Murray  (Taree). Mrs. J. J. Milligan (Bulby) is a daughter. 

Mr. W. T. Howard is the undertaker.

We hope in a future issue to publish further particulars of the late Mr. Murray.

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The Northern Champion – Wednesday 2 July 1930

OBITUARY

ARCHIBALD MURRAY

A very old resident of the district, in the person of Mr. Archibald Murray, passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. J. Milligan, of Bulby, in the early hours of Friday morning.

Deceased, who had reached the grand old age of 80 years, was apparently in good health before he retired on Thursday night.

He took a lively interest in an indoor game which the occupants of the house were playing and appeared to be in excellent spirits.

However, early in the morning he asked for a drink of water, and a few minutes later he expired.

The late Mr. Murray was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Murray,  of Kimbriki, where he was born.

He resided at Bo Bo for the greater part of his life and here he carried on as a farmer. His wife (nee Miss Catherine Murray,  daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Murray, of Oxley Island) died about three years ago.

Latterly deceased had been living with his son, Mr. Duncan Murray, of Tinonee.

During his lengthy residence in the district, the late Mr. Murray  made quite a host of friends. He lived the quiet life which is usually the lot of the man on the land, particularly in the days when he was a young man.

However, he always kept himself well informed of local movements, and whenever the opportunity presented itself he was not averse to doing what he could for his district.

Of a kindly nature, and being over ready to help with optimistic advice, he was held in high esteem by all who knew him.

He is survived by the following children: Messrs. E. H, Arthur and Leonard Murray  (Taree), Duncan and Dennis [should read Denny] Murray  (Tinonee), Albert Murray  (Kimbriki), Mrs. J. J. Milligan (Bulby).

The late Mrs. Herbert Mudford, of Tinonee, was the other daughter.

Surviving brothers are Messrs. James, Thomas and George Murray,  all of the Wallamba.

Brothers who predeceased him were the late John Murray  (Bunyah), Alex. Murray  (Taree), William Murray  (Burrill Creek), Hugh Murray  (Wang Wauk), and Robert Murray  (Kimbriki). The only sister was the late Mrs. Robert Andrews, of Woodside.

The body was conveyed, to the Tinonee Presbyterian Church on Friday and at 1.30 p.m. on Saturday the funeral moved to the Tinonee cemetery where the Rev. Neil MacLeod conducted the final obsequies. Mr. W. T. Howard carried out the funeral arrangements.

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The Manning River Times and Advocate for the Northern Coast Districts of New South Wales – Saturday 5 July 1930

OBITUARY

ARCHIBALD MURRAY

In a recent issue we briefly referred to the death of Mr. Archibald Murray which occurred at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. J. Milligan, Bulby, on the 27th June.

The passing of the late Mr. Murray, at the age of 80 years, severs another of those fine old human links uniting the present with bygone generations. His father came to the district in the active days of the A.A Co., when that body was administering the Gloucester estate.

The late Mr. Archibald Murray was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Murray, of Kimbriki, where he was born.

When he reached man’s estate he was married to Miss Catherine Murray, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Murray, who resided on Oxley Island.

He then went to live on the Bo Bo where he acquired property, and lived there during the greater period of his life, following farming pursuits.

He was a man of active industry and made a success of his calling in life. While he did not seek public life he nevertheless took a very active interest in everything that was for the welfare of the district, and, being an intelligent and widely-read man, his opinions were always of a solid nature.

He was a typical Scot, although Australian born.

He made many friends through life and no enemies. His wife died about three ago, and for the last year or so he had been living with his son, Mr. Duncan Murray,  at Tinonee.

However, before his death he went to visit his daughter, Mrs. Milligan, and despite his years appeared to be in his usual good health.

On the night before the end came he appeared to be particularly jolly and entered into the enjoyment of the evening.

In the early hours of the morning he called some of his relatives to his bed and asked for a drink of water, expiring shortly after.

He is survived by the following children: Messrs E. H., Arthur and Leonard Murray  (Taree), Duncan and Dennis [should read Denny Murray  (Tinonee), Albert Murray  (Kimbriki), Mrs. J. J Milligan (Bulby).

The late Mrs. Herbert Mudford, of Tinonee, was the other daughter.

Surviving brothers are Messrs James, Thomas, and George Murray, all of the Wallamba. Brothers who predeceased him were the late John Murray  (Bunyah), Alex Murray (Taree), William Murray  (Burrell Creek), Hugh Murray  (Wang Wank), and  Robert Murray  (Kimbriki).

The only sister was the late Mrs. Robert Andrews, of Woodside.

The remains were laid to rest in the Tinonee cemetery on June 28, the Rev. Neil McLeod, M.A., conducting the service. Mr. W. T. Howard had charge of the funeral.

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[The Hugh Murray ~ Margaret Beattie Family History 1996 by their descendants]:

Hugh and Margaret’s 2nd child, Archibald, was born in 1850 and as far as we know they were still living in Stroud.
Archibald married his first cousin Catherine Murray, daughter of James and Bridget Murray. Archie, a farmer settled at Bo Bo Creek, Portions 152 and 103, Parish of Bootawah and named his property “Glengarrie”. This was next door to where his grandparents, Archibald and Margaret Beattie, had settled when they had arrived in Australia.

Farming was not easy in those days: between milking, there were bushes to grub and land to cultivate, by draught horse and hand-held plough. A slide was used for transport around the farm. They had a sulky and went regularly to church at Tinonee.

Archie always had a very productive vegetable garden, fenced around with hand-split palings. He carried all the water in dry times and worked hard with his chipping hoe to keep the weeds down. Catherine was also a good cook, living mainly off the land. Her wallaby tail soup was especially remembered.

After rearing their eight children, Archie and Catherine moved to another property at Tinonee, called “Jump Up”[Accessed from Clarkes Road]. Their son, Lennie, who never married, lived with them.

Archie was known to harness his white horse ‘Pompei’ to the sulky and meet his grandchildren who were walking home from Tinonee School. He was pleased to give them a lift and he enjoyed singing as he drove along.

Family devotions were regularly held in the home, with Catherine teaching her grandchildren Psalm 133, Psalm 23 and other prayers. Catherine was a kind and considerate mother and grandmother, providing a loving home for her family. She died at her home at “Jump Up” aged 68 years.

After his wife passed away, Archie made his home with his son, Duncan. He visited other family members, including daughter Beattie Milligan, at Bunyah, going the distance by sulky. While there on a visit he passed away suddenly, aged 80 years.

Both Archibald and Catherine are buried in Tinonee  cemetery as too are all their children.

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Obituary as recorded in [The Hugh Murray ~ Margaret Beattie Family History 1996 by their descendants]:

“In a recent issue we briefly referred to the death of Mr Archibald Murray, which occurred at the home of his daughter Mrs JJ Milligan, Bulby , on the 27th June. The passing of the late Mr Murray, at the age of 80 years, severs another of those fine old human links uniting the present with bygone generations.

His father came to the district in the active days of the AA Company, when that body was administering the Gloucester Estate. The late Archibald Murray was a son of the late Mr and Mrs Hugh Murray of Kimbriki, where he was born. When  he reached man’s estate, he was married to Miss Catherine Murray, daughter of the late Mr and Mrs James Murray, who resided on Oxley Island. He then went to live on the Bo Bo, where he acquired property, and lived there during the greater periodof hislife, following farming pursuits.

He was a man of active industry and made a success of his calling in life. While he did not seek public life, he nevertheless took a very active interest in everything that was for the welfare of the district, and being an intelligent and widely read man, his opinions were always of a solid nature.

He was a typical Scot, although Australian born. He made many friends through life and no enemies. His wife died about 3 years ago, and for the last year or so had been living with his son, Mr Duncan Murray, at Tinonee. However, before his death, he went to visit his daughter Mrs Milligan, and despite his years, appeared to be in his usual good health. On the night bfore his death came, he appeared to be particularly jolly and entered into the enjoyment of the evening. In the early hours of the morning, he called some of his relatives to his bed and asked for a drink of water, expiring shortly after.

The remains were laid to rest in the Tinonee Cemetery on June 28, the Rev Neil McLeod MA conducting the service. Mr W T Howard had charge of the funeral.

 

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