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Murphy, Denis Joseph

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Birth Date: 6 August 1936 (Nambour, Queensland, Australia)

Death Date: 21 June 1984 (Brisbane, Queensland, Australia)

Parents: Martin Murphy and Lillian May (nee Campbell)

Family: Gwendoline May Butcher on 17 December 1984 at Palmwoods, 1 son, 1 daughter

Education: Mooloolah and Virginia state schools; Banyo convent; Nudgee college; Queensland Teachers College; University of Queensland (BA, PhD, DipPhysEd); Attended Duke University, USA


Primary school teacher, 1956 to 1959; Secondary school teacher, lift driver, removalist, United Kingdom, 1960 to 1961; Secondary school teacher, Australia 1961 to 1964; Tutor, lecturer, reader in history, University of Qld 1965 to 1983; Queensland section AIIA, Director of the radio station 4KQ 1982 to 1984; Chairman, Queensland working party Australian Dictionary of Biography 1974 to 1984; Member, University of Queensland Senate

Party Positions:

  1. (ALP) President of Queensland Young Labor Association
  2. (ALP) Delegate, QCE and State Council, 1968 - 1984
  3. (ALP) State president , 1980 - 1984
  4. (ALP) Delegate, National Executive, 1980 - 1984
  5. (ALP) Delegate, National Conference, 1981 - 1982

Military Service: RAAF National Service 1956

Parliamentary Representation:

House Party Electorate From To Elected/Departure Reason
Assembly QLP Stafford 22 Oct 1983 21 Jun 1984 Died in office

Additional Information

Notes: Member: John Oxley Library Committee and Brisbane City Council History Committee; Member, Queensland Council Trades Union Training Authority; President, Qld section of AIIA; President Queensland University Staff Association 1982 to 1984

Publications: Murphy completed biographies on a number of Queensland Labor figures, notably Thomas J Ryan and Bill Hayden. He was working on a biography of Andrew Fisher before his death

Sources: Image sourced from the collection of Queensland Parliamentary Library and Research Service; Waterson, DB, A Biographical Register of the Queensland Parliament: 1860-1929, 2nd revised edition (Sydney: Casket Publications, 2001)

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