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James McMurray

Birthplace: Warrenpoint, Newry and Mourne, Northern Ireland, Ireland
Death: March 03, 1916 (81-82)
Brightwater, Tasman District, Tasman, New Zealand
Place of Burial: Brightwater, Tasman, Tasman, New Zealand
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert McMurray and Susan McMurray
Husband of Charlotte McMurray
Father of Alice McMurray; Margaret McMurray; Emily Bertha Wadsworth; Alfred James McMurray; Susan Mary McMurray and 7 others

Occupation: Farmer and Railway Builde
Managed by: N. John Currin
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About James McMurray

Mr. J. McMurray.

MCMURRAY, JAMES, Dairy Farmer, Brightwater, Mr. McMurray was born in County Down, North of Ireland, in 1834. In 1855, he came out to Melbourne, and in company with his brother Robert followed up the diggings at Bendigo, Castlemaine and Ballarat, After more or less success, they resolved to try New Zealand, and landed at Dunned in just in time for the Gabriel's Gully “rush.” They were fairly successful, and went to Nelson in 1863, and were prospecting at Wangapeka and the Dun Mountain. Tnence they went to the West Coast, where they encountered hardships known only to pioneers. The brothers afterwards returned to Nelson, and Mr. James McMurray finally settled down at Brightwater in 1864. He has a farm of 100 acres, well suited to dairying, and used by him for that purpose. Whilst working on the railway line about twenty years ago, Mr. McMurray had the misfortune to lose one of his legs; and this has handicapped him in the latter years of his life. Mr. McMurray is married, and has twelve children, five of whom are married. He has always taken an active interest in matters conducive to the walfare of his district, and is chairman of the Spring Grove Road Board, and a member of the Brightwater school committee. He was formerly a member of the Waimeas Road Board.

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James McMurray's Timeline

Warrenpoint, Newry and Mourne, Northern Ireland, Ireland
March 9, 1865
New Zealand
November 1, 1866
January 26, 1869
March 13, 1871
April 20, 1873
September 8, 1875
October 12, 1877
July 28, 1880
New Zealand