Early archaeological sites such as Nauwalabila, Malakunanja, Devil's Lair and Preminghana reveal the longevity of the Aboriginal peoples' existence in Australia.
In he went to England with his mother to his father who had returned to claim his estate in Shropshire.
Following his father's death in his mother sold the property and returned to Melbourne in Initially Murray intended to train for the law and in March was articled to a Melbourne solicitor. On 30 September he sailed for England 'to study for the Bar for three years', but returned in November That year his The Three Bears and Little Silverhair the Charminga burlesque pantomime, was produced at the Royal Victoria Theatre on Christmas eve, his dialogue being described as 'smart, witty and fresh, being full of new-made puns and social and political hits'.
In Murray enlisted in the New South Wales volunteer artillery; he was appointed second lieutenant in and promoted lieutenant next year.
On 5 September he was commissioned in the colony's permanent artillery. Promoted captain in Octoberhe went to Newcastle in September with troops sent to settle a colliery strike. During these years Murray continued writing, contributing articles and stories to the Australasian as 'L' for over fifty years; these were chiefly on early Melbourne and Sydney, and the last appeared two days after his death.
He also wrote on military subjects. The first of two articles published in the Sydney University Magazine in was an of the development of artillery.
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Despite his journalistic activities he suffered recurring indebtedness which threatened the loss of his commission, a situation averted by financial assistance from his brother Kynaston. He was granted brevet rank of major inconfirmed in rank inand for several years commanded a company of artillery in Sydney.
During the arrival of the governor-general Lord Hopetoun in Sydney on 15 December Murray commanded a man guard of honour. He returned to Sydney in February but almost immediately was appointed paymaster to the 3rd and 4th Battalions, Australian Commonwealth Horse, as a captain.
He sailed again in April, returning in August, and was retired on 1 September with honorary rank of lieutenant-colonel. Murray was probably the compiler of an unpublished manuscript entitled 'Historical record of the New South Wales regiment of Royal Australian Artillery'. He described his work—still a standard source—as 'not a history of the war' but 'a statistical register and reference'.
He returned to Sydney about and lived at Woollahra. Survived by two sons and two daughters of his first marriage, he died in the Sacred Heart Hospice on 26 September and was buried in South Head cemetery.
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