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Papers of Sir Keith Arthur Murdoch, 1908-1967 [manuscript]
Bib ID 913957
Format ManuscriptManuscript
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Murdoch, Keith Arthur, Sir, 1885-1952
 
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Description [1908-1967] 
3.15 m. (12 boxes) + 3 fol. boxes. 
Summary

MS 2823 comprises papers relating to the life and career of Keith Arthur Murdoch, which include correspondence, speeches, press clippings, photographs and other material. The correspondence includes letters from Lionel Lindsay to Murdoch and letters from Murdoch's father Patrick Murdoch (12 boxes, 3 fol. boxes).

Biography/History

Journalist and newspaper magnate. Keith Arthur Murdoch was born in Melbourne in 1885, son of Reverend Patrick John and Annie Brown Murdoch late of Aberdeenshire, Scotland. He was educated at Camberwell Grammar School and the London School of Economics. He began a career in journalism with the Melbourne Age, as a correspondent for the district of Malvern. In 1907, Murdoch left for London where he attended the London School of Economics. In 1910, Murdoch returned to The Age as a staff reporter for two years prior to becoming political correspondent for the Sydney evening Sun in 1912. In 1915, Denison transferred Murdoch to London as managing editor of the United Cable Service of the Sun and the Melbourne Herald.

He was then commissioned by Fisher and Pearce to go to Gallipoli as war correspondent to investigate Australian Imperial Force mail service and associated matters. He was knighted in 1933 and appointed trustee of the National Gallery, Victoria in the same year. He was the Director-General of Information from June-December 1940 and President of the Australian-American Association (Victorian Section) from 1941 until 1946. He was appointed Chairman of Directors, Herald and Weekly Times in 1942 and director of Herald, Sun News-Pictorial and associated publications. Murdoch married Elisabeth, daughter of Rupert Greene in 1928. They had one son, Keith Rupert and three daughters. Murdoch died in 1952.

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Manuscript reference no.: MS 2823.

Selected items are also available online at: http://nla.gov.au/nla.ms-ms2823

Index/Finding Aid Note Finding aid available in the Pictures and Manuscripts Reading Room and online at: http://nla.gov.au/nla.ms-ms2823 
Subjects Murdoch, Keith Arthur, - Sir, - 1885-1952 - Archives.  |  Murdoch, Keith Arthur, - Sir, - 1885-1952 - Correspondence.  |  Murdoch, P. J. - (Patrick John), - 1850-1940 - Correspondence.  |  Lindsay, Lionel, - Sir, - 1874-1961 - Correspondence.  |  Presbyterian Church of Australia - Clergy - Correspondence.  |  Journalists - Australia - Archives.  |  Publishers and publishing - Australia - Archives.  |  Newspaper publishing - Australia.
Time Coverage 1908-1967 
Occupation Journalists.  |  Newspaper proprietors.
Other authors/contributors Murdoch, P. J. (Patrick John), 1850-1940  |  Lindsay, Lionel, Sir, 1874-1961
Exhibited Exhibited: "Treasures Gallery", National Library of Australia, 3 December 2012 - 3 May 2013.  Selected items exhibited in: "Treasures Gallery", National Library of Australia, 12 June 2012 - 23 September 2012.  Exhibited: "Treasures Gallery", National Library of Australia, 7 October 2011 - 15 December 2012. 

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