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Thomas Reid Murphy (1888–1934)

The death occurred at the Augerne Private Hospital, Queanbeyan, early yesterday morning, of Thomas Reid Murphy, a well known resident of Queanbeyan, at ths age of 46 years.

The late Mr. Murphy was a native of Ayr, Scotland, and migrated to Australia as a young man. Shortly after his arrival in Australia, he worked at Duntroon during the construction of the Royal Military College in 1912. He served in the war with the 13th Brigade of Australian Engineers, and on the cessation of hostilities, received his discharge and returned to Queanbeyan where he continued in business as a plumber. He leaves a wife (nee Pauline Black) and two young children.

On the formation of the Legacy Club in Queanbeyan, the late Mr. Murphy took a keen interest in its work. He was prominent in Freemasonry, and as a past master of Lodge St. Andrew, P.Z. of St. Andrew Royal Arch Chapter, Past Commander of St. Andrew Lodge and Council of Royal Arch Marines and Red Cross Knights, and Past District Inspector of Workings of the Royal Arch. He was also connected with Lodge Queanbeyan (R.A.O.B.), of which he was a K.O.M., and District Inspector of Workings, a member of Loyal Happy Home Lodge (M.U.I.O.O.F.), and also an enthusiastic member of the Queanbeyan Rifle Club.

A good singer, Mr. Murphy's services were in demand at concerts in the town and district.

The funeral will leave the Presbyterian Church, Queanbeyan, at 3.30, for the old general cemetery, and Lodge St. Andrew will hold a Lodge of Sorrow at 2.30.

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Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland


13 December, 1934 (aged ~ 46)
Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Australia

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