Sunday, July 20, 2014

Maurice MURPHY

Maurice MURPHY - died 5 September 1899 in Brisbane General Hospital and was buried Nudgee Catholic Cemetery. His parents were John MURPHY and Norah CURTIS

According to the hospital report published in The Brisbane Courier, Thursday 28th September, 1899, Maurice MURPHY, 40 years, was admitted 31st August and died 5th instant

BRISBANE GENERAL HOSPITAL,. (1899, September 28). The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), p. 7. TROVE


A Maurice MURPHY aged 23 years arrived on Dacca 14/12/1887, he was from Limerick, Ireland and was Roman Catholic


Do these articles in the newspaper refer to the same Maurice MURPHY ?

The magisterial inquiry held before Mr. O'Malley, P.M., in the Cairns Police Court on Thursday, into the circumstances of the death of Patrick Stapleton, on the second section of the Cairns-Herberton railway, elicited nothing further beyond that already published in our columns. Maurice Murphy, labourer, of Stoney Creak, gave a lucid account of the sad affair, stating that Stapleton had tried a hole, which missed fire, and he then was handed some dynamite, after jumping out the powder. The fatal report, however, seemed to show that there was a residuum of powder in the hole. Witness was severely hit on the head with a stone. On returning to the shot he found Stapleton lying on his back. He could not speak, but still breathed, and shortly afterwards expired. The poor fellow's eyes and nose were completely blown away. James M'Donald, navvy, who was picking that day, deposed that Stapleton did not use a hammer with the jumper ; he used water. The report was that of powder. Martin Kain was in the habit of firing the shots, but was not at work that day. Dr. Mackenzie deposed to meeting Stapleton near Wright's boarding-house. Found he was dead. Ordered the men to carry him to Kamerunga. His face was unrecognisable, and black as if from powder marks. He must have died shortly after receiving the injuries. The papers with the evidence will be forwarded in due course to the Attorney General.

Local Items. (1888, February 25). Cairns Post (Qld. : 1884 - 1893), p. 2. TROVE


On Saturday morning before the P.M. Maurice Murphy was sentenced to a month in Townsville for haviug no visible weans of support.

General News. (1890, October 29). Cairns Post (Qld. : 1884 - 1893), p. 2. TROVE

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