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A history of the Fleming, Jolliffe, Kessey and Murphy families of New South Wales - and their forebears

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James Murphy

b. November 1843, d. 23 July 1914

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Detailed biography

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Family surname

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Birth

James Murphy was born in November 1843 in Keelnabrack.1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Parents

FatherJohn Murphy (b. 1819, d. 31 July 1894)
MotherMary Shea (b. 1821, d. 22 June 1904)

Family life

James Murphy and Ann Malcolm were married on 28 December 1864 at Church of Saints Michael and John in Bathurst.1,2,8,9 He and Ann Malcolm were divorced in November 1878.10 He and Prudence Reed were married on 18 May 1879 in Gongolgon. He was a 33 year old bachelor from Ireland; she a 33 year old widow from Sydney. Both lived in Gongolgon. His father was a farmer; hers a publican. Best man, William Johnson, signed with a mark. Bridesmaid was Prudence's daughter from her first marriage, Frances Whye (aged 15).11,9,12,7

Children with Ann Malcolm (b. 15 February 1847)

SonBernard Murphy (b. 1863, d. 1863)
SonJames Murphy (b. 3 June 1865)
DaughterMary Murphy (b. 9 December 1867, d. 12 December 1867)
DaughterAbbey Elizabeth Murphy (b. 9 December 1867, d. 19 December 1867)
DaughterMary Murphy (b. 30 November 1868, d. 12 August 1879)

Children with Prudence Reed (b. 3 July 1846, d. 29 October 1940)

SonDaniel Reed Murphy (b. 14 May 1879, d. 24 December 1881)
SonGeorge Charles Reed Murphy+ (b. 24 December 1880, d. 11 December 1949)
DaughterNora Lilian Murphy+ (b. 1882)
DaughterMary Ethel Murphy+ (b. 4 September 1884)
DaughterLila Kate Murphy+ (b. 13 November 1886, d. 4 November 1941)

Residence information

On on 25 August 1853, John, Honora, Daniel, and Mary arrived at aboard. they was at age ~34 years old. The family traveled aboard SS Talavera which left Southampton on 31 May 1853.5,3 James Murphy lived with John Murphy and Mary Shea about 1854 in Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia.3 James Murphy lived in Campbells River, NSW, Australia, on 28 December 1864.1

Involvement in crime

James Murphy was arrested and charged by Senior Constable Scott with stealing a saddle in February 1866 in Rockley. The saddle was the property of Dennis Clifford. Murphy was committed for trial at the next Circuit Court in Bathurst. Bail was allowed - 80 pounds by himself and two sureties of 40 pounds each.13 He was was found guilty of saddle stealing and sentenced to one year of hard labour in Bathurst Gaol on 16 April 1866 in Bathurst.14 He was a witness that John Murphy was was charged with conspiring with Henry Neale to defeat the ends of justice on 16 October 1866 in Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia. The prosecution alleged that they had tried to persuade Dennis Clifford from giving evidence against James Murphy on a charge of saddle setaling. They were supposed to have offered Clifford six pounds inducement. They pleaded not guilty and the verdict was not guilty.15 James Murphy was was released from gaol on 1 May 1867 in Bathurst.16

Working life

  • Circa 1858 James Murphy was a general farm labourer in Bathurst.3
  • On 28 December 1864 James Murphy was a farmer at Campbells River in Bathurst.1
  • On 12 December 1867 James Murphy was a labourer in Campbells River.17
  • On 1 February 1870 James Murphy was a Constable at Police Office in Gongolgon.18
  • On 26 February 1870 James Murphy was appointed as Clerk of Petty Sessions in Gongolgon. Constable Murphy was incorrectly named "William".18
  • On 1 June 1871 James Murphy was a Senior Constable at Police Office in Gongolgon.19
  • In October 1874 James Murphy was a Senior Constable and acting Clerk of Petty Sessions in Gongolgon.20
  • On 12 August 1879 James Murphy was a carrier.21
  • In 1880 James Murphy was a licensee of the "Family Hotel" in Bourke.12
  • On 24 December 1880 James Murphy was a publican in Gongolgon, NSW, Australia.7
  • On 18 August 1882 James Murphy was a butcher in Gongolgon.22
  • On 15 September 1884 James Murphy was a mail contractor at the Nyngan, Monkey and Gongolgon mail run, in Gongolgon. This was mail run 184 of the Western Road and was a distance of 88 miles. The contact was worth 400 pounds per year and required him to complete it weekly in a buggy with two horses.23
  • On 6 April 1889 James Murphy was a publican at the Family Hotel in Darling Street in Bourke. He changed the name from Lennon's Family Hotel to Murphy's Family Hotel.24,25
  • About 1890 James Murphy was a stock dealer in Bourke.12
  • On 4 June 1890 James Murphy was a publican at the Family Hotel in Darling Street in Bourke.26
  • On 4 May 1891 James Murphy was a produce store keeper at Wilson Street in Bourke.27
  • On 24 June 1893 James Murphy was a publican at the Commercial Hotel in Gongolgon. His brother Daniel Murphy had taken over as publican of the Family Hotel at Bourke.28,29
  • At in Bourke, New South Wales, Australia, employed. The meeting discussed to prospect of mining shale at Girilambone and to keep an eye out for gold on the way there. Another meeting was scheduled for 24 August, by which time subscriptions had to be paid.
  • On 22 June 1895 James Murphy was a publican at the Gongolgon Hotel in Gongolgon.30
  • On 30 June 1895 James Murphy was a publican at the Commercial Hotel in Gongolgon.31
  • On 30 June 1897 James Murphy was a publican at the Commercial Hotel in Gongolgon.31
  • On 30 June 1898 James Murphy was a publican at the Commercial Hotel in Gongolgon.31
  • On 30 June 1899 James Murphy was a publican at the Family Hotel in Darling Street in Bourke.31
  • On 29 April 1903 James Murphy was a publican at the Family Hotel in Darling Street in Bourke.32
  • On 18 October 1905 James Murphy was a hotelkeeper.33,34
  • About 1914 James Murphy was a retired Licensed Victualler.35

Property

James Murphy bought 2 roods of land from Edward Warmoll (licensed publican of Bourke) on 18 August 1882 at section 11 lot 1, corner of Darling and Glen Streets, in Bourke, New South Wales, Australia.22 He bought land in a mortgagee sale from the London Chartered Bank of Australia on 1 December 1886 at East Bourke, section 10, lot 5, DP 958, comprising 2 roods 29.75 perches in Darling Street, in Bourke, New South Wales, Australia.36 He transferred land to his wife's sister-in-law, Mary Ann Reed (wife of George Reed) on 16 December 1886 at East Bourke, section 10, lot 5, DP 958, comprising 2 roods 29.75 perches in Darling Street, in Bourke, New South Wales, Australia.36 He applied to lease land on 26 July 1887 at Mooculta Holding in Bourke, New South Wales, Australia. Consideration of his application was postponed until the next court.37 He had land put up for sale on 18 January 1893 at his special lease of 320 acres on the Brewarrina Road in Bourke, New South Wales, Australia. The government vendor set an "upset price" of 163 pounds 2 shillings and 4 pence (2 pounds ten shillings and three pence per acre). The land was portion 68, about 4.5 miles east of Bourke with a frontage on the Bourke-Brewarrina road and adjoining EJ Barton's special lease portion 43 on the east.38 He purchased 2 roods of land from the Australian Joint Stock Bank on 13 November 1894 at section 11 lot 2, Darling Street, in Bourke, New South Wales, Australia.39 He acquired land on 13 November 1894 in Bourke, New South Wales, Australia. He bought lot 2 section 11 (which may have been a residence attached to the Family Hotel).40 He failed to pay council rates on four properties on 7 March 1900 in Bourke, New South Wales, Australia. The properties were lot 3 (Prudence Murphy), lot 4 and part of lot 5 (James Murphy) in section 11; and lot 20 in section 38.41 He mortgaged 2 roods of land to the Australian Joint Stock Bank on 30 July 1900 at section 11 lot 5, corner Darling and Wilson Streets, in Bourke, New South Wales, Australia. The bank foreclosed on this mortgage 3 years later.42 He retained 2 roods of land despite legal action taken by the Australian Joint Stock Bank on 30 April 1903 at section 11 lot 2, Darling Street, in Bourke, New South Wales, Australia. Unlike his other properties, the bank did not have a mortgage on this land.39 He was taken to the Supreme Court by the AJS Bank (his mortgagee) on 30 April 1903 at section 11 lot 2, 4 and 5 in Darling Street, in Bourke, New South Wales, Australia. He owed the bank 400 pounds and advances secured by a mortgage over the Family Hotel on lot 5 section 11 (vol 38 folio 29). This property was sold by the Sheriff of NSW on 12 June 1903 to Louisa Ann Gow. The bank also brought a case in relation to his properties at lot 2, section 11 (vol 233 fol 181) and lot 4, section 11 (vol 260 fol 245). Lot 4 was sold by the Sheriff of NSW to Alexander Valentine Gow on 12 June 1903. Gow advertised as the new owner of the hotel on 29 July 1903. Despite his financial difficulties, James Murphy was not declared bankrupt. He must have managed to retain ownership of lot 2 (as he was to transfer it to Nancy Ah Louie on 3 Nov 1914). He may have dodged a bullet, because the hotel was completely burnt down within the year.43,40,44,45,46,42 He lost 2 roods of land to his mortgagee after fieri facias on 12 June 1903 at section 11 lot 5, corner Darling and Wilson Streets, in Bourke, New South Wales, Australia. This land was transferred by the Sheriff of NSW to Louise Ann Gow.42 He lost 2 roods of land to his mortgagee after fieri facias on 25 July 1903 at section 11 lot 4, Darling Street (the Family Hotel), in Bourke, New South Wales, Australia. This land was subsequently sold by the Sheriff of NSW to Alexander Valentine Gow. It burned to the ground less than twelve months later.22 The executor for James Murphy sold 2 roods of land to Nancy Ah Louie of Bourke on 3 November 1914 at section 11 lot 2, Darling Street, in Bourke, New South Wales, Australia.39

Death

James Murphy died on 23 July 1914 at age 70 in Bourke.4

Memorial

There is a memorial to James Murphy at Bourke Cemetery in Bourke, New South Wales, Australia. Follow this link for information and images of his memorial.

Citations

  1. [S430] Marriage Certificate, James Murphy and Ann Malcolm, 28 Dec 1864, Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages, NSW. 1864/1546.
  2. [S431] Birth Certificate, James Murphy, Vol 1865 No 5526, (30 Jun 1865), NSW Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages, Sydney.
  3. [S476] Edited, "James Murphy, Esquire," in Australian Men of Mark, Vol. 2, Series 2. (Sydney: Charles F Maxwell, 1889.)
  4. [S477] "RR: James Murphy", 1 Jan 1845, Unknown, Fleming Family History Archive, Sydney.
  5. [S389] Murphy family entry, Talavera, Passenger list, 6 Sep 1853; in 4/4935 (Kingswood: Archives Office of NSW), 2465.
  6. [S1141] Baptismal Record: James Murphy 1843, Vol Glenbeigh baptisms, (Nov 1843), Keelnabrack, near Glenbeigh, General Register Office, Ireland
  7. [S356] Birth Certificate Vol 1880 No 11867, George Charles Reed Murphy, (11 February 1881), NSW Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages.
  8. [S434] Birth Certificate Vol 1868 No 06313, Mary Murphy, (21 Dec 1868), NSW Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages.
  9. [S292] Death Certificate, Prudence Murphy, Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages, NSW, Vol 1940 No 526.
  10. [S439] Birth Certificate Vol 1879 No 9513, Elizabeth Malcolm, (3 Oct 1879), NSW Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages.
  11. [S355] Marriage Certificate, James Murphy and Prudence Whye nee Reed, 18 May 1879, Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages, NSW. 1879/2580 (250.)
  12. [S476] Edited, "James Murphy, Esquire," in Australian Men of Mark, Vol. 2, Series 2. (Sydney: Charles F Maxwell, 1889), p 321.
  13. [S1679] JM Fleming, "Family Reed 1846 Prudence Whye Murphy: The life of Prudence Reed, her husbands and children", page 78, NSW Police Gazette, 28 Feb 1866, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article252042213; research summary, 12 Mar 2022; PDF held by James Michael Fleming. Online research findings in February 2022
  14. [S1679] JM Fleming, "Family Reed 1846 Prudence Whye Murphy: The life of Prudence Reed, her husbands and children", page 170, NSW Police Gazette, 9 May 1866, https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/252042384/27919515; research summary, 12 Mar 2022; PDF held by James Michael Fleming. Online research findings in February 2022
  15. [S1679] JM Fleming, "Family Reed 1846 Prudence Whye Murphy: The life of Prudence Reed, her husbands and children", page 5, Empire newspaper, 19 Oct 1866, http://nla.gov.au/nla.newsarticle60601266; research summary, 12 Mar 2022; PDF held by James Michael Fleming. Online research findings in February 2022
  16. [S1679] JM Fleming, "Family Reed 1846 Prudence Whye Murphy: The life of Prudence Reed, her husbands and children", page 143, NSW Police Gazette, 1 May 1867, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article251748473; research summary, 12 Mar 2022; PDF held by James Michael Fleming. Online research findings in February 2022
  17. [S432] Death Certificate, Mary Murphy, Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages, NSW, Vol 1867 No 4129.
  18. [S1679] JM Fleming, "Family Reed 1846 Prudence Whye Murphy: The life of Prudence Reed, her husbands and children", page 3, NSW Government Gazette, 26 Feb 1870, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article60898629; research summary, 12 Mar 2022; PDF held by James Michael Fleming. Online research findings in February 2022
  19. [S1679] JM Fleming, "Family Reed 1846 Prudence Whye Murphy: The life of Prudence Reed, her husbands and children", page 160, NSW Police Gazette, 14 June 1871, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article252050302; research summary, 12 Mar 2022; PDF held by James Michael Fleming. Online research findings in February 2022
  20. [S1679] JM Fleming, "Family Reed 1846 Prudence Whye Murphy: The life of Prudence Reed, her husbands and children", page 22 at http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article70485709; research summary, 12 Mar 2022; PDF held by James Michael Fleming. Online research findings in February 2022
  21. [S440] Death Certificate, Mary Murphy, Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages, NSW, Vol 1879 No 4301.
  22. [S1684] JM Fleming, "Family Reed land summary: The land dealings of the Reed family of Bourke", NSW land deed volume 260 folio 245; research summary, 12 Mar 2022; PDF held by James Michael Fleming. Online research findings in February 2022
  23. [S1679] JM Fleming, "Family Reed 1846 Prudence Whye Murphy: The life of Prudence Reed, her husbands and children", page 6307 at http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article221676097; research summary, 12 Mar 2022; PDF held by James Michael Fleming. Online research findings in February 2022
  24. [S1679] JM Fleming, "Family Reed 1846 Prudence Whye Murphy: The life of Prudence Reed, her husbands and children", page 5 in the Western Herald newspaper at http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article143222445; research summary, 12 Mar 2022; PDF held by James Michael Fleming. Online research findings in February 2022
  25. [S1679] JM Fleming, "Family Reed 1846 Prudence Whye Murphy: The life of Prudence Reed, her husbands and children", page 3 in the Western Herald newspaper at http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article143222364; research summary, 12 Mar 2022; PDF held by James Michael Fleming. Online research findings in February 2022
  26. [S1679] JM Fleming, "Family Reed 1846 Prudence Whye Murphy: The life of Prudence Reed, her husbands and children", page 2 in the Western Herald newspaper at http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article142658291; research summary, 12 Mar 2022; PDF held by James Michael Fleming. Online research findings in February 2022
  27. [S1147] James Murphy, 5 Apr 1891 Census NSW, NSW, Bourke, Archives Office.
  28. [S1679] JM Fleming, "Family Reed 1846 Prudence Whye Murphy: The life of Prudence Reed, her husbands and children", page 3 in the Western Herald newspaper at http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article142707279; research summary, 12 Mar 2022; PDF held by James Michael Fleming. Online research findings in February 2022
  29. [S1679] JM Fleming, "Family Reed 1846 Prudence Whye Murphy: The life of Prudence Reed, her husbands and children", page 6430 in the NSW Government Gazette at http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article222120805; research summary, 12 Mar 2022; PDF held by James Michael Fleming. Online research findings in February 2022
  30. [S1634] "Special Licensing Court", public notice, The Western Herald, Bourke, 22 Jun 1895, page 2; online image, Trove ( : http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article143223858 8 Feb 2022), Newspapers and Gazettes
  31. [S1679] JM Fleming, "Family Reed 1846 Prudence Whye Murphy: The life of Prudence Reed, her husbands and children", page 6333, NSW Government Gazette, 22 Aug 1899, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article221005925; research summary, 12 Mar 2022; PDF held by James Michael Fleming. Online research findings in February 2022
  32. [S1679] JM Fleming, "Family Reed 1846 Prudence Whye Murphy: The life of Prudence Reed, her husbands and children", page 2, the Western Herald newspaper, 29 Apr 1903, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article103958242; research summary, 12 Mar 2022; PDF held by James Michael Fleming. Online research findings in February 2022
  33. [S602] Marriage Certificate, George Charles Reed Murphy and Ellen Ruby Bowen, 18 October 1905, Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages, NSW. 1905/9105.
  34. [S603] Marriage Certificate, George Charles Reed Murphy and Kathleen Teresa Grant, 12 February 1934, Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages, NSW. 1934/3039.
  35. [S599] Marriage Certificate, George Charles Reed Murphy and Isobel Cox, 2 Jul 1918, Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages, Queensland. 1918/2177 677.
  36. [S1684] JM Fleming, "Family Reed land summary: The land dealings of the Reed family of Bourke", NSW land deed volume 846 folio 160; research summary, 12 Mar 2022; PDF held by James Michael Fleming. Online research findings in February 2022
  37. [S1679] JM Fleming, "Family Reed 1846 Prudence Whye Murphy: The life of Prudence Reed, her husbands and children", page 7 in the Evening News newspaper at http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article108006835; research summary, 12 Mar 2022; PDF held by James Michael Fleming. Online research findings in February 2022
  38. [S1679] JM Fleming, "Family Reed 1846 Prudence Whye Murphy: The life of Prudence Reed, her husbands and children", page 9021 in the NSW Government Gazette at http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article222178745; research summary, 12 Mar 2022; PDF held by James Michael Fleming. Online research findings in February 2022
  39. [S1684] JM Fleming, "Family Reed land summary: The land dealings of the Reed family of Bourke", NSW land deed volume 223 folio 181; research summary, 12 Mar 2022; PDF held by James Michael Fleming. Online research findings in February 2022
  40. [S1679] JM Fleming, "Family Reed 1846 Prudence Whye Murphy: The life of Prudence Reed, her husbands and children", NSW land deeds vol 38 folio 29; vol 233 fol 181; and vol 260 fol 245; research summary, 12 Mar 2022; PDF held by James Michael Fleming. Online research findings in February 2022
  41. [S1679] JM Fleming, "Family Reed 1846 Prudence Whye Murphy: The life of Prudence Reed, her husbands and children", page 3, the Western Herald newspaper, 7 Mar 1900, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article104095179; research summary, 12 Mar 2022; PDF held by James Michael Fleming. Online research findings in February 2022
  42. [S1684] JM Fleming, "Family Reed land summary: The land dealings of the Reed family of Bourke", NSW land deed volume 38 folio 29; research summary, 12 Mar 2022; PDF held by James Michael Fleming. Online research findings in February 2022
  43. [S1679] JM Fleming, "Family Reed 1846 Prudence Whye Murphy: The life of Prudence Reed, her husbands and children", page 2, the Western Herald newspaper, 28 Mar 1903, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article103957970; research summary, 12 Mar 2022; PDF held by James Michael Fleming. Online research findings in February 2022
  44. [S1679] JM Fleming, "Family Reed 1846 Prudence Whye Murphy: The life of Prudence Reed, her husbands and children", page 2, the Western Herald newspaper, 14 Apr 1903, http://nla.gov.au/nla.newsarticle103958029; research summary, 12 Mar 2022; PDF held by James Michael Fleming. Online research findings in February 2022
  45. [S1679] JM Fleming, "Family Reed 1846 Prudence Whye Murphy: The life of Prudence Reed, her husbands and children", page 2, the Western Herald newspaper, 29 Jul 1903, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article103959012; research summary, 12 Mar 2022; PDF held by James Michael Fleming. Online research findings in February 2022
  46. [S679] Fire at the Family Hotel 1904, Editor, History of Bourke Journal, vol VI (Bourke NSW: Bourke and District Historical Society, 1966-1992), page 26.
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Last Edited27 June 2022