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Papers of Joseph A. Murphy, circa 1929-1973 [manuscript]
Bib ID 269182
Format ManuscriptManuscript
Author
Murphy, Joseph A., approximately 1891-
 
Access Conditions Available for research. Not for loan. 
Description [ca. 1929-1973] 
1.16 m. (1 v.) + 1 folder + 1 map folio. 
Summary

MS 3912 comprises a manuscript diary written by J.A. Murphy in 1930 to record the events of a journey from Sydney to the Northern Territory in search of mica in 1930. The party comprised Percival Love of Darwin and Joseph Murphy of Sydney. The diary consists of brief notes made each day which were later added to, both during and after completion of the journey. Gives description of conditions of the journey, the countryside and also experiences with the Aborigines. Inserted in the diary is an undated newspaper cutting reporting the murder of a mining inspector at Hermit Hill, west of Darwin, an area visited by Murphy and Love (1 v.).

The MS 3912 collection includes a typescript copy of Murphy's diary titled "Diary record of an overland journey Sydney to Darwin in search of mica, 1930, by J.A. Murphy" (37 leaves). With introductory matter by B.M. Murphy, dated 5 July 1973, Canberra, and including an itinerary commencing with departure from Sydney on 12 July 1930 and concluding on 8 September 1930 when the party reached Darwin (1 folder).

The MS Acc13.012 instalment comprises two maps used by Joseph A. Murphy and Percival Love during their trip from Sydney to the Northern Territory in 1930. The first is 'Overland routes. Darwin and branch routes from Augathella and Bourke to Sydney and Melbourne' (1929). The second is a Uniform Imperial Series map of the Northern Territory (undated), which is marked with the route taken by the two men whilst searching for mica (1 map folio).

Biography/History

Joseph Murphy, who spent most of his life in the liquor trade, undertook a journey from Sydney to Darwin in search of mica as a representative of the Deaton family, the financiers of the venture. Although they failed to discover any payable mica the trip was significant as one of the first overland journeys from Sydney to the Northern Territory by motor truck.

Notes

Manuscript reference no.: MS 3912, MS Acc13.012.

Some photocopies.

Subjects Murphy, Joseph A., approximately 1891- -- Archives.  |  Murphy, Joseph A., approximately 1891- -- Travel -- Northern Territory.  |  Love, Percival -- Travel -- Northern Territory.  |  Mica -- Northern Territory.  |  Prospecting -- Northern Territory.  |  Aboriginal Australians.  |  Northern Territory -- Description and travel.  |  Northern Territory -- Maps.
Time Coverage 1929-1973 
Occupation Travellers.  |  Prospectors.
Other authors/contributors Murphy, B. M

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