Edwin Hughen Murray 1883 to1948

Born: 24/3/1883

Died: 7/6/1948

He married Benie Paterson in 1917

He was better known as “Ned”


The Manning River Times and Advocate for the Northern Districts of New South Wales – Wednesday 9 June 1948


Mr. Edwin Hughen Murray, a well known and highly respected resident of Taree for the past 26 years, died in sudden circumstances on Monday.

He was returning to his home in Nicol Street after visiting one of his daughters in Spence St, when he became suddenly ill, and passed away soon afterwards.

About three years ago Mr. Murray suffered a stroke while crossing the river on the Tinonee punt.

Deceased, who was 65 years of age, was born at Bo Bo, and before coming to Taree to live he conducted a business at Krambach for a number of years.

He followed the occupation of a carpenter for many years, and worked up till the time of his illness three years ago.

Mr. Murray, who was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Archibald Murray, of Bo Bo, was married to Miss Robena Paterson, of the Nabiac district, who died in Sydney over two months ago.

He is survived by 3 daughters — Winnie (Mrs. McGregor), Jean (Mrs. Green), and Catherine (Mrs. McBride), of Taree; also two brothers — Messrs. Donald and Lennie Murray, of Taree and Old Bar respectively.

Two brothers, Arthur and Denham, and two sisters, Mrs. Milligan and Mrs. Mudford, are deceased.

During his younger days. Mr. Murray was a keen follower of tennis, and he was a member of the Masonic Lodge.

The funeral took place yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon, leaving the Free Presbyterian Church, Tinonee, for the Tinonee cemetery, where Rev. M. C. Ramsay officiated.

Funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr. W. T. Howard.


Obituary as recorded in  [The Hugh Murray-Margaret Beattie Family History 1996 By their descendents]:

Although he had not been enjoying good health since he suffered a stroke about a year ago, the death of Mr Edwin Hughen Murray, of Nicoll Street, Taree, came with great suddenness. On Monday morning he visited the homes of his daughters in Spence street, and had just returned home when he called a neighbour and said he felt unwell, and shortly after lying down on his bed, he passed away.

He was a son of the late Mr and Mrs Archibald Murray, and was born at Bo Bo 65 years ago, and he spent his early life there. As a young man he learned the trade of carpentering and except for a few years on a farm near Nabiac, he followed this occupation until ill health necessitated his retirement from active work.

For the last 20 years he has resided in Taree. The late Mr Murray was of a quiet, unassuming disposition, coupled with a kindly, helpful nature, and had many friends in all parts of the district.”

“At 2 pm on Tuesday a service was conducted at the Free Presbyterian Church, Tinonee….”


Edwin Hughen [Ned] Murray was bankrupt in 1940.


[The Hugh Murray-Margaret Beattie Family History 1996 By their descendents];

Ned built:

Burrell Creek Hall;

Sam Martin’s house

House on “Ferndale” – William Murray’s house on Mulligans Lane, Burrell Creek.

Tid Eastons house on Bungay Road, Wingham.

With the slump in the building trade during the Depression in the 1930’s, Ned took up dairy farming at Nabiac, where he remained for 7 years, after which he returned to Taree and building until he suffered a stroke.

Ned suffered the stroke on the Tinonee punt on the same day as the war ended.

He passed away nearly 3 years later on 7 July 1948 , 8 weeks after his wife’s death.