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Alexander Murray

Male 1850 - 1910  (~ 60 years)



  • Name Alexander Murray  [1, 2
    Known as "Alex" 
    Birth Jan 1850  Ceylon Find all individuals with events at this location   [2, 3, 4
    • son of Alexander Murray, Ceylon Civil Service, District Judge, Kandy. [2]
    Education abt 1863 - 1868  Hyde Abbey, Winchester Find all individuals with events at this location   [2
    Education abt 1868 - 1871  Glasgow University Find all individuals with events at this location   [2
    Occupation 1871 - 1909  Colonial Civil Service  [2
    Marriage 22 Dec 1877    [1
    Mary Louisa Tatham,   b. 09 Mar 1859, Colombo Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Nov 1946, Kensington Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation 1886 - 1898  Ceylon Find all individuals with events at this location ; Provincial Engineer  [2
    • The clerical branch of the Public Works Department waited on Mr. Alexander Murray, who leaves to-morrow for Singapore to take up his new appointment, at "The Mound", Turret Road, the office of the Provincial Engineer, and presented him with an address and a photograph, which was taken by Mr. Plate, and was handsomely framed. The address was read by Mr. Misso, Chief Clerk of the Public Works Department. Mr. Murray replied in feeling terms, thanking Mr. Misso and the large company of past and present officers for the honour done him. Amongst those present were Messrs. Bingham, Mayes and Campbell (of the Water Works.) [Times of Ceylon, 18 Jan 1898]
    Occupation 1898 - 1909  Straits Settlements Find all individuals with events at this location ; Colonial Engineer and Surveyor-General  [5
    • New Colonial Engineer ... the appointment has been given to Mr.Alexander Murray, Assistant Director of the Ceylon P.W.D. The following is Mr. Murray's record in the Colonial Office List: Murray, Alexander, C.E. (Glasgow Univ.), A.M.I.C.E. -- Pioneer officer, P.W.D., Ceylon, 1871; Superintendent, 1871; Chief Assistant headquarters, 1874; Provincial Engineer, 1886. Mr. Murray, who had recently been promoted to be Assistant Director of the Ceylon P.W.D., is the elder brother of the Hon. G. S. Murray, M.L.C., Singapore. He is married; and it is expected that his wife and daughters will come with him to Singapore.
      ... Straits people will be glad to hear that their new Colonial Engineer is a brother of the Hon. G. S. Murray, manager of the Singapore branch of the Mercantile Bank. If the Colonial Engineer is as good a man as the Murray whom we know, we have got a good Colonial Engineer. [Straits Times, 07 Dec 1897]
    • Farewell to Col. Murray. At the Hotel de L'Europe, last night, the officers of the Public Works and Survey department gave a farewell dinner to their retiring chief, Col. the Hon. A. Murray, V.D., who severs his connection with the colony this week. The dinner was excellently served, and subsequently Col. Murray was presented with a handsome silver engraved casket, bearing the following inscription:- "Presented to Colonel the Hon. A. Murray, V.D., C.E., Mem.Inst.C.E., Colonial Engineer and Surveyor-General, Straits Settlements, by the members of the Public Works and Survey Department, on his retirement after upwards of 11 years service in the Colony and 27 years in the neighbouring Colony of Ceylon." The party later ajourned to the roof, where M. Reverger's orchestra played selections of music. The presentation casket was made by Mr. B. P. da Silva, of High St. [Straits Times, 31 Aug 1909]
    Event 1900  Australia Find all individuals with events at this location ; Foreign travel  [6
    • Hon'ble A. Murray, A.M.I.C.E. Ceylon papers give two references to our Colonial Engineer and his family, now on holiday in Tasmania:--
      'Mr. Murray and family were to leave Tasmania for Sydney about Aug. 25th, and after a week or the days there, were to go to Melbourne and Macedon, a suburb where Mr. Athol Tatham, late of the Ceylon Forest Department, resides. On Sept. 25th, they leave Melbourne for Ceylon by the P. & O. s.s Rome. According to present arrangements, Mrs. and the Misses Murray will make a stay of six months at Nuwara Eliya. Mr. Murray is due in Singapore in the first week of November.'
      'Mr. Alex. Murray, Director of Public Works at the Straits, has had a delightful time in "the Britain of the South", as Tasmania, rather than New Zealand, deserves to be called. Mrs. Murray has quite recovered from Ceylon "sore mouth"; the Misses Murray are in perfect health; and Mr. Murray himself has greatly benefited by four months of touring in this most beautiful of islands.' [Singapore Free Press, 11 Sep 1900]
    • The Hon. Alexander Murray, the Colonial Engineer, who proceeded on a trip to Melbourne with Mrs.and the Misses Murray, arrived at Colombo on the 11th instant by P. & O. steamer on his way to Singapore. [Straits Times, 23 Oct 1900]
    Post/Rank/Title - 1909  Straits Settlements Find all individuals with events at this location ; Member of the Executive and Legislative Councils  [2
    Residence - 1909  Kinloss, Orange Grove Rd, Singapore Find all individuals with events at this location   [2
    Death 22 Apr 1910  22 Beaumont St, Marylebone Find all individuals with events at this location ; Cause: Heart failure following operation  [2, 3, 4, 7
    • On the 22nd April, Colonel Alexander Murray, late Director of Public Works and Surveyor-General Straits Settlements, and also Public Works Department, Ceylon, aged 60. [The Times]
    • Late Col. Alex. Murray. The Hon'ble F. J. Pigott, Colonial Engineer, received yesterday the following telegram from Mr. A. E. T. Murray dated, Penang, 25th 8.57 a.m. "Have received cable news my Father died London 22nd inst. from heart failure following operation. Please inform papers. Alex. Murray." [Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser, 26 Apr 1910]
    • Death of Col. Murray. Succumbs to Effects of an Operation. 38 Years' Public Service. ... The news will be received with very genuine regret here, for Col. Murray was a most popular and influential member of the Singapore community for over ten years, and possessed a hos of personal friends in this place and throughout Malaya generally. Col. Murray only retired from the public service in August last, and we believe that for some time prior to his final departure he had not been in very good health, though a great many of his friends were not aware of the fact. Letters from Col. Murray received by recent mails show that he had been suffering from neuritis and gastritis, and was generally not in robust health. It is probable, therefore, that some later complication necessitated the operation which has unfortunately terminated in death.
      His Career. Col. the Hon. Alexander Murray, V.D., (C.E. Glasgow), M.I.C.E., was born in January, 1850, was the son of Mr.A. Murray, and was educated at Hyde Abbey, Winchester, and Glasgow University. The deceased gentleman's brother is Sir G. S. Murray, who was for so many years connected with the Mercantile Bank here and was a prominent public man. Col. Murray had 38 years Colonial service to his credit when he retired in August last. He spent the first 26 years in Ceylon, and came to this colony as Colonial Engineer and Surveyor-General in 1898, retiring in August last when he was entertained at a farewell dinner by the senior members of his department, was similarly honoured by the officers of the Singapore Volunteer Corps, and was presenting with a parting address by all the members of his staff. Col. Murray's ability and energy in his profession were more than once recognised by both the Ceylon and Straits Governments. He was a popular chief, whose sympathies were always with every deserving member of his staff, and he never required from others more than he himself was prepared to carry out. Personally, he was a genial, courteous and kindly gentleman, qualities that soon earned him wide esteem in this settlement.
      Volunteer Enthusiasm. To particularise the many and large difficult engineering works which Col. Murray brought to completion during his connection with Malaya would be to go over ground which was fully covered in our references to the retiring Colonial Engineer in these columns in the latter part of last year, but no notice would be complete without a reference to Col. Murray's keen and enthusiastic work in the cause of volunteering during the whole of his colonial service. The greater part of his service as a volunteer was spent in Ceylon. He had only been in Singapore just over a year when he was appointed to the command of the Singapore Volunteer Artillery, succeeding Major R. Dunman. He extended the usefulness of the corps and was responsible for the raising of the S.V. Rifles (since disbanded), the S.R.E.(V.) and the S.V.I. In 1902, he was made Lieutenant-Colonel commanding all the units and on relinquishing the command in 1905 was made a full colonel, with permission to retain his rank and to wear the uniform of the corps.
      His only son, Mr.A. E. T. Murray, himself a keen volunteer and first rate shot, is at present with Messrs. Boustead and Co., in Penang. Colonel Murray's two daughters married respectively Capt. Borrett, of the King's Own Regiment, and Mr. Oliver Marks, of the F.M.S. civil service. We are sure that both Mrs. Murray, who recently accompanied her husband to England, and her children, will have the very of thier many friends out here. [Straits Times, 25 Apr 1910]
    Probate 13 Aug 1910  London Find all individuals with events at this location ; 2,200 11s. 4d.  [7
    • Murray Alexander of Singapore Straits Settlements died 22 April 1910 at 22 Beaumont-street Middlesex Probate London 13 August to Mary Louisa Murray widow. Effects 2200 11s. 4d. [NPC]
    Notes 
    • Col the Hon. Alexander Murray; VD, MICE, CE. Born 1850; s of Alexander Murray, Ceylon Civil Service, District Judge, Kandy; m Mary Louisa, d of Ralph Tatham, CCS; one s two d ; died 22 April 1910. Colonial Engineer and Surveyor-General, Straits Settlements, and Member of the Executive and Legislative Councils from 1898; Member Local Joint Naval and Military Defence Committee. Education: Hyde Abbey, Winchester; Glasgow Univ. Career: Appointed by the Secretary of State to Ceylon Civil Service, 1871; Provincial Engineer, North Central Province, 1886; Province of Uva, 1895; Western Province, 1897; Acting Director of Public Works, 1897. Recreations: Rowing, tennis, shooting, cycling, riding. Clubs: Grosvenor; Colombo; Singapore. Address: Kinloss, Orange Grove Road, Singapore, Straits Settlements. [Who's Who]
    Person ID I1509  Tatham | Bloxham branch | Spouse
    Last Modified 18 Mar 2015 

    Family Mary Louisa Tatham,   b. 09 Mar 1859, Colombo Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Nov 1946, Kensington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Marriage 22 Dec 1877    [1
    Children 
    +1. Alexander Edward Tatham Murray,   b. 26 Mar 1879, Ceylon Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jul 1957, Chetwode, London Rd, Wokingham Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
    +2. Violet Catherine Murray,   b. 27 Feb 1881, Ceylon Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Sep 1960, Hitcham Place, Burnham, Bucks Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     3. Blanche Mary Murray,   b. 13 Jan 1882, Ceylon Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. aft 1956, Southern Rhodesia? Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
    Last Modified 16 Mar 2015 
    Family ID F0067  Family Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - Jan 1850 - Ceylon Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEducation - abt 1863 - 1868 - Hyde Abbey, Winchester Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEducation - abt 1868 - 1871 - Glasgow University Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Provincial Engineer - 1886 - 1898 - Ceylon Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Colonial Engineer and Surveyor-General - 1898 - 1909 - Straits Settlements Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEvent - Foreign travel - 1900 - Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPost/Rank/Title - Member of the Executive and Legislative Councils - - 1909 - Straits Settlements Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - 1909 - Kinloss, Orange Grove Rd, Singapore Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - Cause: Heart failure following operation - 22 Apr 1910 - 22 Beaumont St, Marylebone Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProbate - 2,200 11s. 4d. - 13 Aug 1910 - London Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S04] H Curtis: Notes for a Pedigree of the Tathams of Co. Durham.

    2. [S18] Who's Who / Who was Who.

    3. [S05] The Times, death notice, 23 Apr 1910.
      age 60

    4. [S02] BMD Index, death reg Marylebone, 2Q1910.
      age 60

    5. [S05] The Times, obituary, 25 May 1940.
      Oliver Marks

    6. [S11] Newspaper, Singapore Free Press, 11 Sep 1900.

    7. [S14] National Probate Calendar.