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Looking for MURRAY of Tasmania, Australia

Query by Diane406


I am so happy to have come across this website.

For a long time now I have been researching my paternal MURRAY family tree particularly my great great grandfather Thomas MURRAY.

He was a shoemaker when his son Edward David MURRAY was born in Tasmania Australia in 1852. His wife/partner was MARIA DENISON.

I have no idea where he was born(possibly c1828)or even where and when he died.

There is some thought that Maria DENISON was also known as Maria WRIGHT.

One of Edward David's children was Walter MURRAY who was my grand father who in turn had my father George (Roy) MURRAY

Edward was married to Mary Anne PRICE

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by Diane406 Profile | Research | Contact | Subscribe | Block this user
on 2011-04-28 08:00:36

Diane406 , from Australia, has been a Family Tree Circles member since Apr 2011. is researching the following names: MURRAY, DENISON, CLANCY and 2 other(s).

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by janilye on 2011-04-28 23:31:41

I do know of this family they were timber getters on Bruny Island. Edward David died at the Hobart Hospital, one of the first settlers on Bruny.They first lived at Garden Island and then Adventure Bay. A great axeman. His boys were also champion axemen and entered into lots of shows in Tassie. John and Walter held the championship as sawyers in Tassie for 12 years.I have tried in the past to find out from where Thomas Murray hailed. I think he married Maria Denison at Spring Bay about 1852, she was 31 and had been married before to Wright and had a couple of children. I can give you the whole family from Thomas 1828 and Maria 1821-1861 down but Sorry can't help you with anything before that. If it's findable, you've asked at the right place. Of course you could contact the Axeman's Hall of Fame on telephone Tassie 6426 2099 They quite possibly have a resident historian.

by janilye on 2011-04-29 00:36:38

If Thomas Murray were a convict the 5 below are the possibles who would suit the time frame;
Name Date Arrived Ship Name Date Departure
52073 Murray Thomas 28 Jul 1842 Elphinstone (3) 10 Apr 1842 from Sheerness
52074 Murray Thomas 11 Apr 1843 John Renwick 07 Dec 1842 from Spithead
52077 Murray Thomas 19 Mar 1851 London (2) 20 Dec 1850 from Kingston
52076 Murray Thomas 25 Aug 1846 Lord Auckland (2) 19 Apr 1846 from Dublin
52078 Murray Thomas 14 Aug 1852 Lord Dalhousie 13 Apr 1852 from Cork

by Diane406 on 2011-04-29 02:07:31

Thank you so much for your quick response! You have been a great help.
For some reason I thought there may have been a liason after Thomas but didn't even think about before. So I am guessing Denison would be her maiden name or birth name which she either kept or went back to? Maria is also very hard to track down as in where she was born etc. I do have a lot of info from Thomas down but if no trouble I would love to have yours as well, as mine is a bit haphazard and you never know it might lead me somewhere. I knew Edward David lived at Adventure Bay but I didn't know about Garden Island and am wondering if there is anything in this. I have a copy of Edward David's birth certificate which says his father Thomas, was a shoemaker living at Pitwater when he was born?
Would you know Mr. Wright's christian name and are the children Sarah and John?
Maria is also meant to have married one James Hamilton and had a daughter called Emily in 1858. This makes her time with Thomas only around 6 years i.e. if it is the same Maria Wright??
Ah so much to learn!
I will get in touch with the Axeman's Hall of Fame and see if that leads me anywhere.
Again thank you so much!

by janilye on 2011-04-29 02:43:48

by Diane406 on 2011-04-30 05:40:16

Thank you so much for everything. You have certainly helped me understand a little more of the enigma of the Thomas Murray familyand given me another avenue to travel. I will keep on!

by dale48 on 2011-05-10 17:46:27

My mother Rita Clark Is one of John (Jack) Murrays daughters and John was Edwards son so I have just started some more research on there history

by dale48 on 2011-05-10 17:48:14

Also the history room on Bruny Island have a lot of information

by Diane406 on 2011-05-10 21:03:41

Great to hear from you Dale. I remember Rita from when I was a very small child! I would appreciate it if you could post any info you may come across re Thomas Murray and his ancestors. Kathy Duncombe at the Bruny history room has, in the past, been a wonderful mountain of information for me and seemed to work tirelessly re Thomas BUT I am still at 'Brick Wall' stage regarding him. You have given me new hope as fresh eyes and all of that!!! How wonderful to have come across another cousin.

by Diane1946 on 2015-08-03 02:34:40

Hello Janilye,
In response to your first post,
I am going to Tasmania during the Victorian September School Holidays and am wondering if you would be able to post any information you have on Maria Denison as mentioned in the above post before then?
I know a long time has passed since then but I am still unable to find any information other that what you have mentioned on Mara Denison (or indeed, Thomas Murray.)
Many Thanks,
Diane Cowie nee Murray

by Dale054 on 2017-01-06 09:31:52

Hi Diane
I have not been on here for a long time but I was registered as dale48 previously and spoke to you regarding my mother Rita Clark nee Murray.
Sadly she passed away a few weeks ago and this has prompted me to start researching again.
Have you had much luck with what you were looking for?
Dale Clark

by Diane1946 on 2018-04-29 04:50:17

Hello Dale,
Apologies for the very late reply. I am saddened to hear of Rita’s passing!
I have had no luck at all in my search for Thomas Murray other than what I have already posted albeit I do have a copy of his son David’s birth certificate. On this Thomas has put his occupation as a Shoemake and that he was living in a place called Pittwater at the time.

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