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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.

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