Ellen Ruby Murphy (nee Bowen), circa 1912

Ellen Ruby Bowen

(1882 - 1912)

Detailed biography

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Personal details


     Ellen was born on 16 September 1882 in Timbrebongie, AustraliaG. Her father was a 29 year old hawker from Bathurst and her mother was 22 years old from Sydney. They lived at Timbrebongie near Dubbo. She had a living brother and sister and a deceased brother.1,2,3,4 She was the daughter of John Henry Bowen and Alice Clarkson Poulton.1,2,3,5,4 As of circa 1904 her married name was Murphy.

Family surname

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     She died at age 29 on 14 April 1912 in Bourke District Hospital, Bourke, AustraliaG. She had been suffering from "enteric fever" for 10 days and a perforated intestine for 2 days.3 She was buried on 15 April 1912 in Roman Catholic Cemetery, Bourke, AustraliaG.3

Family life


     She married George Charles Reed Murphy on 18 October 1905 in St Ignatius Catholic Church, Bourke, AustraliaG.2,3,6
George Charles Reed Murphy married Ellen Ruby Bowen at the St Ignatius Church in Bourke NSW on 18 October 1905

Children of Ellen Ruby Bowen and George Charles Reed Murphy

Life event details

Census, occupation and residence information

  • On 14 April 1912 Ellen Ruby Bowen was occupied with housework while living at Bourke, AustraliaG.3

Witnessed events



  1. [S105] BC for Ellen Ruby Bowen, 345/1882, NSW Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages, 23 October 1882.
  2. [S312] Marriage Certificate for George Charles Reed Murphy and Ellen Ruby Bowen, Number 009105, Volume 1905, NSW Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages, 18 October 1905.
  3. [S202] Death Certificate for Ellen Ruby Murphy, 004939/1912, NSW Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages, 15 Apr 1912.
  4. [S220] Oral History provided by Ena Ruby Murphy to Halvene Therese Kessey, 1983. Fleming Family History Archive held by Jim Fleming.
  5. [S204] Death Certificate for Alice Clarkson Bowen, 022759/1927, NSW Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages, 28 Nov 1927.
  6. [S308] Death Certificate for George Charles Reed Murphy, 1949/4538 3165, Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages, Queensland, Australia, unknown file date.
  7. [S315] Portrait of Bowen family.
  8. [S205] MC for Halvar Roy Kessey and Ena Ruby Murphy, Number 019996, Volume 1928, NSW Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages, 29 Oct 1928.


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John Murphy's descendants
Martin Bohen's descendants
John Poulton's descendants