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Murray, John Chester, MBE

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Birth Date: 31 December 1915 (Malvern, Victoria, Australia)

Death Date: 25 January 2009 (Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia)

Parents: Ben Chaffey and Constance Murray (formerly known as) Laura Treweek

Family: Ruth Florence Stanton-Cook on 13 April 1944, 2 sons, 4 daughters

Education: Lubene Preparatory School, Pymble, New South Wales; The King's School, Parramatta


Farmer, grazier, cattle breeder and jackeroo

Party Positions:

  1. (LIB) Chairman, North Queensland Coordinating Committee, 1961
  2. (LIB) Chairman, Rural Committee and Member, State Executive, 1964 - 1970

Official Awards: Mentioned in Dispatches (MID) 1944 and 1946. John Murray was made a member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1958 for outstanding military service

Military Service: Captain Temporary Major, Citizen Military Forces, 1954; 2/13 Infantry Battalion, 2nd Australian Imperial Force, 1940 to 1945

Parliamentary Representation:

House Party Electorate From To Elected/Departure Reason
Assembly LIB Clayfield 1 Jun 1963 10 Mar 1976

Other Seats: Member of the House of Representatives for the federal seat of Herbert, 1958 to 1961

Parliamentary Service

Description From To
Delegate, General Conference, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, Sri Lanka 1974
Delegate, Australasian Area Conference, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association 1971

Additional Information

Notes: Interests included farming, animal breeding, classical music, reading, woodwork, rugby and golf; Member, United Services Club

Sources: DB Waterson & J Arnold, Biographical register of the Queensland Parliament 1930-1980, Australian National University Press, 1982, p 70.; L Austin, Journey to Tobruk: John Murray - bushman, soldier, survivior, Pier9 Publications, 2009, p 20-1.; Image sourced from the collection of the Queensland Parliamentary Library and Research Service; South Coast Register, 26 August 2009 http://www.southcoastregister.com.au/news/local/news/general/family-research-uncovers-a-war-hero/1606045.aspx

[Last Modified: Monday, 12 November 2018]