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Biographical entry Murphy, Arthur William (1891 - 1963)

Born
17 November 1891
Kew, Victoria, Australia
Died
21 April 1963
Essendon, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Engineer and Aviator

Summary

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.

Details

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.

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Book Sections

  • 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

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See also

Rosanne Walker