William Murphy (Queensland politician)

William Sidney Murphy[1] (1868 – 23 October 1930) was a newspaper proprietor and member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly.[2]

William Murphy
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Croydon
In office
21 May 1904 – 18 May 1907
Preceded byBilly Browne
Succeeded byVince Creagh
In office
5 February 1908 – 27 April 1912
Preceded byVince Creagh
Succeeded bySeat abolished
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Burke
In office
27 April 1912 – 16 March 1918
Preceded byCharles Collins
Succeeded byDarby Riordan
Personal details
Born
William Sidney Murphy

1868
Mudgee, New South Wales, Australia
Died23 October 1930 (aged 61 or 62)
Strathfield, New South Wales, Australia
Resting placeRookwood Cemetery
NationalityAustralian
Political partyIndependent
Other political
affiliations
Kidstonites, Labour Party
OccupationEditor, Newspaper proprietor

Early daysEdit

Murphy was born at Mudgee, New South Wales, to Edward Murphy and his wife Eliza (née Drane) and was educated in Mudgee and Sydney. By 1890 he was working as an editor for the Croydon Mining News and from 1892 until 1929 he was the proprietor.

Political careerEdit

Following the death of Billy Browne in 1904,[3] Murphy was elected to the Queensland Legislative Assembly as the member for Croydon.[4] He lost the seat at the 1907 state election to the Opposition Party's Vince Creagh[5] but at the 1908 state election he defeated Creagh to regain the seat.[6]

Murphy was the member for Croydon until 1912 when the seat was abolished. He subsequently won the seat of Burke[7] and remained its member until he was defeated by Darby Riordan in 1918.[8]

Although he started his political career representing the Labour Party, Murphy joined the Kidstonites in early 1908 for several months and then served the rest of his political career as an independent member of parliament.[2] In 1910 he was a member of the Royal Commission into the health of miners.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

Murphy died in Strathfield in 1930.[2] His funeral moved from Cross Street, Strathfield, to the Rookwood Cemetery.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ CROYDON ELECTIONHansard. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d "Former Members". Parliament of Queensland. 2015. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Former Members". Parliament of Queensland. 2015. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  4. ^ "CROYDON". The Morning Bulletin. Rockhampton, Qld. 29 August 1904. p. 6. Retrieved 5 January 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  5. ^ "CHARTERS TOWERS". Warwick Examiner and Times. Qld. 22 May 1907. p. 8. Retrieved 5 January 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  6. ^ "RESULTS AND COMPARISONS". The Brisbane Courier. 4 October 1909. p. 5. Retrieved 5 January 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  7. ^ "SUMMARY OF THE VOTING". The Brisbane Courier. 24 May 1915. p. 6. Retrieved 5 January 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  8. ^ "SUMMARY OF POLLING". The Brisbane Courier. 11 October 1920. p. 7. Retrieved 5 January 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  9. ^ "Family Notices". The Sydney Morning Herald. 24 October 1930. p. 9. Retrieved 4 January 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Billy Browne
Member for Croydon
1904–1907
Succeeded by
Vince Creagh
Preceded by
Vince Creagh
Member for Croydon
1908–1912
Abolished
Preceded by
Charles Collins
Member for Burke
1912–1918
Succeeded by
Darby Riordan