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Ellen Ruby Bowen

b. 16 September 1882, d. 14 April 1912

Person Exhibits

Ellen Ruby Murphy (nee Bowen), circa 1912

Detailed biography

For a detailed biography of Ellen Ruby Bowen click here.

Family surname

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Ellen Ruby Bowen was born on 16 September 1882 in Timbrebongie. 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 brother1,2,3,4


FatherJohn Henry Bowen (b. 23 June 1853, d. 8 January 1902)
MotherAlice Clarkson Poulton (b. 23 March 1860, d. 27 November 1927)

Family life

George Charles Reed Murphy and Ellen Ruby Bowen were married on 18 October 1905 at St Ignatius Catholic Church in Bourke.2,5,4

Children with George Charles Reed Murphy (b. 24 December 1880, d. 11 December 1949)

SonJohn Henry Murphy+ (b. about 1906)
DaughterEna Ruby Murphy+ (b. 6 September 1908, d. 16 October 1995)
DaughterLeila Murphy+ (b. 1 June 1911)

Working life

  • On 14 April 1912 Ellen Ruby Bowen was occupied with housework while living at in Bourke, New South Wales, Australia.2


Ellen Ruby Bowen died on 14 April 1912 at age 29 at Bourke District Hospital in Bourke.2 She was buried on 15 April 1912 at Roman Catholic Cemetery in Bourke.2


There is a memorial to Ellen Ruby Bowen at Bourke Historical Cemetery in Bourke, New South Wales, Australia. Follow this link for information and images of her memorial.


  1. [S358] Birth Certificate 345/1882, Ellen Ruby Bowen, (23 October 1882), NSW Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages.
  2. [S456] Death Certificate, Ellen Ruby Murphy, Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages, NSW, Vol 1912 No 4939.
  3. [S474] Interview with Ena Ruby Murphy (Bourke), by Halvene Therese Kessey, 1983. Fleming Family History Archive (Sydney.)
  4. [S602] Marriage Certificate, George Charles Reed Murphy and Ellen Ruby Bowen, 18 October 1905, Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages, NSW. 1905/9105.
  5. [S598] Death Certificate, George Charles Reed Murphy, Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages, Queensland, Vol 1949 No 4538 6165.
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ContextBohen clan
Ch forebears
Ch Kessey forebears
Poulton clan
Last Edited21 June 2022