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William Alfred (Billy) Murphy (1858–1929)

William Murphy, n.d.

William Murphy, n.d.

The death at Fremantle of Mr. William Alfred Murphy, secretary and organiser of the local Ugly Men's Associatton, removes a striking personality from the Port. English born, he was 71 at the time of his demise. He began life as an apprentice before the mast, and subsequently had a good deal of seafaring life. He was eventually in business in Sydney, and was a member of the first Labor Ministry in New South Wales. In 1893 he came to Fremantle, where he entered the Customs Department service. After eight years he entered into a private Customs agency business. He was Mayor of Fremantle for nine years, and for a brief period during 1910-11 represented the Port in the Legislative Assembly. During recent years his health had not been good, but he interested himself in and helped many charitable societies. There has not been in W.A. a more bohemian and jovial figure in local Parliamentary and municipal politics than the late Mr. Murphy, he being deeply mourned by all who knew him.

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