From Ballarat and District Industrial Heritage Project
- DEATH OF MR. E. MURPHY, M.L.A.
- Mr. Edward Murphy, M.L.A. for Warrenheip, died last night at Mrs. Morey's private hospital, from disease of the liver and kidneys. The deceased gentleman, who was 55 years of age, was a native of the north of Ireland. Coming to the colony in 1865, he was for a while employed in felling trees in the Bullarook Forest, subsequently working as a miner at Ballarat East. He speculated largely in scrip, and, meeting with success, was enabled to abandon the pick and shovel and to follow the occupa-tion of an investor. Mr. Murphy, who was of genial and kindly disposition, was one of the most popular residents of the Ballarat district. He was elected for Ballarat East in March, 1886, with the late Mr. James Russell a senior colleague, defeating Mr. John James, newly appointed Minister of Mines in the Gillies-Deakin Coalition Cabinet. In 1888 when Warrenheip was made a single electorate, Mr. Murphy was returned with 940 votes, as against only 98 gained by Mr. J. J. Graber. At the last general election, Mr. P. O'Day unsuccessfully endeavored to secure the seat. The deceased gentleman had been a member of the Ballarat East town council since 1885, and was twice mayor - in 1889-90 and 1898-99. Up to the time of his death he was a member of the committee of the Orphan Asylum, and was connected with the Old Colonists' Association, Hibernian Society and other bodies. He leaves a widow, but no family. Flags are flying at half-mast as a tribute of respect to his memory. The funeral will leave St. Alipius's Church, Ballarat East, on Satur-day, at 3.30 p.m.
Former Mayor of Sebastopol. (See http://bih.ballarat.edu.au/index.php/Ballarat_East)