John Hubert Plunkett Murray


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(b. 29 Dec. 1869, d. 27 Feb. 1940).

Australian colonial administrator of Papua New Guinea 1908–40 Born in Sydney, he graduated from Oxford and was called to the Bar in 1886. A Crown prosecutor in Sydney from 1896, he became chief judicial officer of New Guinea. As administrator he brought most of Papua New Guinea under Australian control. He was particularly notable, however, for his relatively liberal and enlightened treatment of the native population, often against the wishes of the White settlers. Murray died in office, leaving behind a remarkable reputation, among Papuans as well as in Australia and in other colonial regimes.

Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945).

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