Lives of the fellows

Oswald Ellis Joseph (Sir) Murphy

b.2 April 1895 d.July 1980
Kt(1963) MB ChM Sydney(1918) MRCP(1928) FRACP(1938) FRCP(1954)

Ellis Murphy, the son of Miles Murphy, a wool broker, and his wife Mary Josephine, daughter of Ernest Grenenger, tanner, was born in Sydney and educated at Lewisham High School and Sydney University. He graduated in 1918, with first class honours, and almost immediately joined the Armed Forces. As a captain in the RAMC he served as RMO No 4 AG Hospital, Randwick, from 1919 to 1920. On demobilization he was appointed physician to outpatients at the Mater Misericordiae Public Hospital, Brisbane, where he served from 1923 to 1938. He joined the RAAMC during the second world war and saw service in the Middle East and Ceylon, being promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel. On leaving the Army, after cessation of hostilities, he was made an honorary colonel. From 1944 to 1954 he served as physician to Brisbane General hospital, and was visiting physician to Greenslopes Repatriation Hospital and Kenmore Sanatorium. He was also lecturer in tropical diseases at Queensland University and acting professor of medicine from 1950 to 1954.

Murphy was a foundation fellow of the RACP; chairman of the Queensland Division of the Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service, and deputy chairman of the Queensland Division of the Australian Red Cross. He was honorary secretary to the Queensland Branch of the BMA in 1936, member of the council 1936 to 1937 and in 1939; member of the council of the RACP 1958 to 1964, a director of the National Heart Foundation of Australia (Queensland Division) and chairman of the Work Assessment Centre Committee. Between 1929 to 1939 he contributed several articles to the Medical Journal of Australia.

In 1924, Ellis Murphy married May, daughter of the Hon Thomas Charles Beirne, draper. They had two sons, one of whom predeceased him, and two daughters. His interests outside medicine lay in sheep and cattle breeding, and yachting. He took his sailing seriously and was winner of both Ocean and Bay races.

Sir Gordon Wolstenholme
Valérie Luniewska

(Volume VII, page 419)

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