Biographical entry Murphy, Arthur William (1891 - 1963)
- 17 November 1891
Kew, Victoria, Australia
- 21 April 1963
Essendon, Victoria, Australia
- Engineer and Aviator
Arthur William Murphy went on an overseas mission in 1936 which selected an American-designed aircraft, rather than a British type, for manufacture in Australia. He also participated in 1939 in negotiations to manufacture Beaufort aircraft and the establishment of the Government Aircraft Factory.
Born Kew, Victoria, 17 November 1891. Died Essendon, Victoria, 21 April 1963. Educated Footscray Technical School. Apprentice, Austral Otis Engineering Company; worked in several engineering establishments; trainee air mechanic, Aviation Instructional Staff, Permanent Military Forces, Central Flying School, Point Cook 1914-16; Australian Imperial Force 1916-18; regular forces 1919-21; RAAF 1921-46, rising from flying officer in 1921 to air commodore in 1943. He and Captain H.N. Wrigley flew from Melbourne to Darwin in 1919 to secure information for competitors in the first flight from England to Australia, being the first people to cross Australia by air. Distinguished Flying Cross, Hejaz Order of Nahda; Air Force Cross; Fellow, Royal Aeronautical Society.
- Fraser, Alan, 'Murphy, Arthur William (1891-1963), engineer and airman', in Bede Nairn and Geoffrey Serle (eds), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 10, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1986, p. 633. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A100617b.htm. Details
- 'Murphy, Arthur William (1891-1963)', Trove, National Library of Australia, 2009, http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-1465241. Details
- Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Technology in Australia 1788-1988, Online edn, Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, Melbourne, 3 May 2000, http://www.austehc.unimelb.edu.au/tia/index_m.html. Details
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