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MURRAY OF YARRALUMLA By Gwendoline Wilson. Oxford University Press, 1968. 334 PAGES. Hardcover with dustjacket. With 33 illustrations and frontis illustration, all in black and white. Terrence Aubrey Murray spent the most active years of his life, from the 1830s to the 1850s, in and around Canberra, long before it became the national capital of Australia. This book is not only a biography of this pioneer and land-owner, who in 1843 became the first member of parliament for an electorate that included Canberra, but also a fascinating account of the early settlement and development of the Canberra area. Yarralumlawas the name of the property which Murray settled on. Although Murray became increasingly interested in politics (being the speaker of the Legislative Assembly by 1860 and the President of the Legislative Council from 1862), he began his career as a grazier, and there are vivid descriptions of pioneering life and the hazards of pasturing stock in the Snowy Mountains area. The author has made good use of original documents and there are many extracts from letters and diaries which give life to this story of a country society in the mid-nineteenth century, as lived by one of Australia's most remarkable families.
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Book Description Oxford University Press, 1968. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0196331196