Denis Joseph Murray

Denis Joseph Murray

Male 1869 - 1901  (31 years)

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  • Name Denis Joseph Murray 
    Born 27 May 1869  Oolong, Gunning, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • MURRAY DENIS
      20119/1869
      DENIS
      BRIDGET
      YASS
      (New South Wales Birth Index 1788-1917)

      GUNNING.
      From Our Correspondent
      MURRAY MEMORIAL
      There was a large gathering in the Gunning park on, the afternoon of Friday last to witness the unveiling of a
      memorial to the memory of the late Trooper D. J. Murray, who was among those who gave their lives for
      'Empire" in South Africa.

      Warm, bright weather prevailed for the day upon which it was desired to do honour to our late esteemed friend and fellow townsman, and all business places were closed. Prior to the ceremony Mr. T. W. Thorne, who as chairman of the committee with the secretaries took an active part in carrying out the arrangements, made a few preliminary remarks, touching upon the in ception of the movement, and then asked Mr. A. E. Grovenor, one of the secretaries, to read an account of the work done by the committee, which in effect was as follows:
      On the 22nd of May, 1901, a public meeting was convened by Mr. E. H. Turner and him self, at which it was decided to open subscription lists to collect funds for the purpose
      of perpetuating the memory of the late Trooper D. J. Murray, who lost his life while on active service in South Africa.

      Another meeting was held in July, when it was ascertained that 15 had been collected. It was therefore resolved to advertise that all lists be closed and amounts handed in to the joint hon. secretaries (Messrs. E. H. Turner and A.
      E. Grovenor) at a meeting held in August. At that meeting it was announced that besides 10 in promises the sum of 25 odd had been collected. The secretaries were then instructed to communicate with Messrs. W. J. Furber and A. E. Tilley, monumental masons, of Goulburn, for designs and plans, with the result that the tender of Mr. Tilley was accepted for a monument, with railings, etc., complete, for 34 15s.

      Messrs. T. W. Thorne, E. E. Morgan, and the secretaries
      were appointed a committee to draft a suitable inscription for the monument, and Messrs. Thorne and H. B. Johnson, with the secretaries, were to arrange with the park trustees as to a site on which to erect the monument, also to supervise its erection.

      Some seven meetings in all had been held, and the several resolutions were given effect to, the result of which was the monument seen there that day aid which had been provided for by the subscriptions. The work had been carried out faithfully according to the plans and to the entire satisfaction of the committee.

      The monument, which was covered with bunting, was then unveiled by Mrs. E. E. Morgan at the request of the chairman. Mr. Morgan, on behalf of Mrs. Morgan, spoke in
      appropriate terms of the good qualities of their late friend and soldier.

      The inscription read as follows:-"In memory of Denis Joseph Murray, of Oolong, Gunning, a brave soldier of the Empire, who at the call of his country in the years 1900-1901 bore arms, with her Majesty's conlingent in the South African campaign, rendering highly appreciated services in both
      hospital and field work, and in several engagements with the enemy. Succumbed to enteric fever at Krugersdorp, South Africa, on January 10th, 1901; aged 31 years. This monument is erected as a tribute of affection and esteem by his sorrowing friends."

      The chairman in a speech of some length proceeded to review the career of Trooper Murray from the time of leaving his native town-Gunning-when a splendid send-off, full of enthusiasm and patriotism, was accorded him, to the time of sailing with the contingent that left these shores for South
      Africa in the Armenian, relating incidents arising when the trooper was first called upon for duty in the face of the enemy. He was over desirous to got to the front, and in
      one of his letters related how he in his first experiences mounted guard for over twenty four hours before being relieved. As was expressed in the inscription, his services in hospital and field work were highly appreciated.

      Soon after landing over 500 of the men were struck down by malaria fever, as many as 60 men going into hospital in a day. Here their late friend found plenty of work, but here
      again came the desire to go to the front, and he persisted in his efforts, and at last he was sent to the front. Wherever duty called there Denis Murray was always to be found, and it was always Denis Murray who was
      chosen for that duty.

      The speaker read an extract from one of Trooper Murry's letters, in which a vivid description was given of a
      brush with the enemy in which the deceased soldier was hotly engaged. Similar incidents were referred to at more or less length. The speech concluded with highly eulogistic remarks on the general life and bearing of Trooper Murray.

      Mr. Morgan followed in a brief, speech, in which he spoke of the high esteem in which Trooper Murray had been held by everyone during his lifetime. No one had a bad word to say about him, and all were pleased when it became known that he was among those selected for service in South Africa.

      Rev. W. J. Ellis thanked the committee for calling upon him to address the gather ing. Altough not a subscriber to, the fund, simply because he was too late, he gave place to no one in the high esteem in which he hold the late Trooper Murray. He was a hero, and here he would say a regular soldier became such on account of poverty or something sometimes worse than poverty, but the volunteer had nothing of that sort about him, and gave himself freely and nobly
      to the service of his country, fighting heroically where "the gold of the wattle blows with the shamrock, thistle, and the rose." He admired their late friend Denis Murray for his strong mind and character, as those who had his confidence well knew. Further allusion having been made in the same kindly strain, the Rev. speaker concluded an eloquont address by reciting lines from Harold Williams-"It is Well."

      Mr. A. E. Grovenor said there was much lie would like to say, but a choking feeling caused him to fail to find utterance. He referred to the good qualities of the deceased
      soldier, whose bereaved father had requested him (the speaker) to return thanks to the committee on behalf of himself and family.

      Speeches were expected from Messrs. H. B. Johnson, J.P., and E. H. Turner, for whose absence apologies were made. Trooper G. Rt. Price, lately returned from the war, in a few words, thanked the committee for the honour done to the memory
      of his late friend and fellow soldier. The chairman regretted the absence of the band, which for the want of sufficient numbers was unable to carry out the musical
      part of the arrangements. The singing of a verse of the National Anthem brought the proceedings to a close.

      Amongst the relatives of the late Trooper Murray there were present Mr. and Mrs. D. Murray, of Violet Hill, Gunning, father and mother, and his sisters- Mrs. P. Clancy, of
      Mount View, Gunning; Mrs. Win. Pursehouse, of Gurrundah; Mrs. A. L. Brain, of Juneo Reefs, Junee; Miss E. Murray, of Sydney; and Misses B. and M. Murray, of Gunning.

      The monument is of best Italian marble and in form is a spiral column on three blocks, the column being surmounted by a small urn, the whole standing on a substantial base of solid freestone. In height it measures 8 feet. Surrounding the base is a neatly-constructed iron railing on freestone
      kerbing. A small tree or shrub is planted in each corner of the enclosure. Each shrub is enclosed by a row of tiles. The whole presents a neat and pleasing appearance. It is placed just outside the boundary of the line of ornamental trees surrounding the oval and on its northerly side. As a work of monumental art, the stone reflects high credit on the artisan and contractor, Mr. A. E. Tilley, of North Goulburn.

      Messrs. A. E. Grovenor and IE. H. Turner, joint hon. secretaries, are worthy with the committee of the best thanks of the community for their untiring efforts in bringing the undertaking to such a successful issue.

      Goulburn Evening Penny Pos, NSW., Tuesday, 14 January 1902
    Gender Male 
    Died 10 Jan 1901  Krugersdorp, Transvall, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Boer War Paricipants
      Murray, Denis Joseph
      Born 1869, Gunning, HSW
      Died January 10, 1901, Krugersdorp, Transvall, South Africa
      Buried: Krugersdorp G of R, South Africa
      New South Wales Imperial Bushmen, "F" Company.
    Death 25 Jan 1901  The Sydney Morning Herald, New South Wales Find all individuals with events at this location 
    TROOPER DENIS MURRAY.
    GUNNING, Wednesday.
    Trooper Denis Murray, whose death is reported from South Africa, was a native of this district. He was the only son of Mr Denis Murray, who resides a short distance from here.
    The Sydney Morning Herald, New South Wales, Friday 25 January, 1901
     
    Boer War 30 Jan 1901  Colonial Military Forces, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Roll of Honour:
    Denis Joseph Murray
    Service Number: 934
    Rank: Private
    Unit: New South Wales Imperial Bushmen
    Service: Colonial Military Forces
    Conflict / Operation: South Africa, 1899-1902 (Boer War)
    Conflict eligibility date: South Africa, 1899-1902 (Boer War)
    Date of death: 10 January 1901
    Place of death: Krugersdorp, South Africa
    Cause of death: Died
    Source: AWM142 Roll of Honour cards, War in South Africa, 1899-1902
    (Australian WarMemorial) 
    Death 2 Feb 1901  Australian Town and Country Journal, New South Wales Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Military Items.
    Great regret was expressed throughout the Gulgong district when it became known that Trooper Denis Murray, of the Imperial Bush Contingent, had died of fever on the 10th instant, in South Africa, and much sympathy is felt for his parents and sisters in their affliction. The late trooper was quite a favorite with everyone, and had lived in the district from his childhood.
    Australian Town and Country Journal, New South Wales, Saturday 2 February 1901
     
    Personal 17 Jan 1902  The Sydney Morning Herald, NSW Find all individuals with events at this location 
    THE LATE TROOPER MURRAY.
    TUMUT, Thursday.
    A monument in marble with a appropriate inscription has been erected and formally unveiled at Gunning Park in memory of of Trooper Denis J Murray, who was a member of the Imperial Bushmen?s Corps und a resident of Tumut He succumbed to an attack of fever m South Africa on January 10 last year.
    The Sydney Morning Herald, NSW, Friday 17 January 1902
     
    Personal 18 Jan 1902  Australian Town and Country Journal, New South Wales Find all individuals with events at this location 
    COUNTRY NEWS.
    Our correspondent writes: In the Gunning Park a monument of marble, with an appropriate inscription, which has been erected in memory of the late Trooper Denis J. Murray, was formally unveiled in the presence of a large crowd of the subscribers and others, on January 10. The late trooper was a member of the Imperial Bushmen?s Corps, and succumbed to an attack of fever on January 10 last year. Addresses were delivered by several members of the committee appointed to supervise the erection of the monument, and the proceedings closed with the singing of the National Anthem. Mr. Tilly, of Goulburn, was the contractor for the erection of the monument.
    Australian Town and Country Journal, New South Wales, Saturday 18 January 1902
     
    Buried Krugersdorp Cemetery, Gauteng, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Krugersdorp Cemetery,Krugersdorp, West Rand District Municipality, Gauteng, South Africa

      Memorial
      Denis Murray is recorded n the main memorial or obelisk located in the cemetery, whih probably fala part of the Garden of Remembrance.
    Person ID I13567  Hickey, List, Bundesen, Thomsen, Jensen, Jessen
    Last Modified 4 Aug 2017 

    Father Denis Joseph Murray,   b. 1840, County Cork, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jul 1909, Violet Hill, Gunning, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Mother Bridget Cummins,   b. Abt 1838, County Tipperary, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Mar 1925, Burwood, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 87 years) 
    Married 2 Jun 1861  St Joseph and Xavier's Roman Catholic Church, Gunning, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F291  Group Sheet

    Family Ellen Howell,   b. 18 Sep 1876, Yass River, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Sep 1953, Paddington, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Children 
     1. Eileen Murray Howell,   b. 22 Dec 1895, 59 Myrtle St., Redfern, Sydney, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jan 1998, Boyanda Hostel, Lefoes Rd., Bli Bli, Sunshine Coast, Queensland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 102 years)
     2. Lawrence Claude Murray/Howell/Collins,   b. 19 May 1900, Tumut, New South Wales Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 3 Jun 2014 
    Family ID F4736  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Denis Joseph Murray of Oolong Gunning
    Denis Joseph Murray of Oolong Gunning
    Commemorates Denis Joseph Murray who died in the South African (Boer) War
    Location
    Address: Copeland Street, Gunning, 2581
    State: NSW
    Monument Type: Monument
    Sub-Theme: Military
    Actual Event Start Date: 10-January-1901
    Actual Event End Date: 10-January-1901
    Front Inscription
    In memory of Denis Joseph Murray of Oolong Gunning. A brave soldier of Empire who at the call of his country in the years 1900 - 1901 bore arms with Her Majestys contingent in the South African campaign & after rendering highly appreciated services in field hospital work and several engagements with the enemy succumber to enteric fever at Krugersdorp South Africa on January 10th 1901. Aged 31 Years

    Back Inscription
    This monument is erected as a tribute of affection & esteem by his sorrowing friends
    Monument details supplied by Monument Australia
    Photographs supplied by Roger Johnson / Graeme Saunders
    Denis Joseph Murray
    Denis Joseph Murray
    Front Inscription

    In memory of Denis Joseph Murray of Oolong Gunning. A brave soldier of Empire who at the call of his country in the years 1900 - 1901 bore arms with Her Majestys contingent in the South African campaign & after rendering highly appreciated services in field hospital work and several engagements with the enemy succumbed to enteric fever at Krugersdorp South Africa on January 10th 1901. Aged 31 Years

    Monument details supplied by Monument Australia

    Photographs supplied by Roger Johnson / Graeme Saunders


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