James Murdoch

James Campbell Murdoch (abt. 1841 - 1914)

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James Campbell Murdoch
Born about in Edinburgh City, Scotland, United Kingdommap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Hunslet, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdommap
Descendants descendants
Died in Prospect, South Australia, Australiamap
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Categories: Migrants from Scotland to Australia | Trevelyan 1875.

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James Murdoch was born in Scotland.


James was born about 1841-2, probably in Scotland, son of Christina Innes and Colin Murdoch. In the 1841 British Census, the family was living in Edinburgh (see attached image).

James married Emily Gawan or Gowan and in 1875, when he was 33, they migrated to South Australia, arriving on the Trevelyan with daughters Emily Jane (age 8), Lucy (age 3) and Alice, a baby. On the ship's passenger list, James' occupation is given as Joiner and their place of residence as Leeds, Yorkshire. .[1]

In 1880,1882 and 1883 James was a Blacksmith and Wheelwright with his own business in Maitland, manufacturing agricultural implements, wagons, buggies, drays and stump-jump ploughs.[2]

MAITLAND, September 16.
Mr. Murdoch, a local manufacturer, is sending two ploughs for competition at the stump ploughing match to take place between Maitland and Ardrossan —one a five and the other a three furrowed implement.They both appear extremely simple in their construction and should do their work well. [3]

In 1884, a newspaper advertisement announced an auction on behalf of Mr J.C. Murdoch, of Stock in Trade and Tools of a Blacksmith and Wheelwright business in Maitland, as Mr Murdoch was "giving up business to go farming". The Sale included a house in Elizabeth St, Maitland.[4]

In 1914 James and Emily were living at Flora Terrace, Prospect in their home named "Campbell Villa". Their daughter Chrissie's wedding reception was held there in 1915.


  1. South Australian State Archives Passenger List Trevelyan 1875, Page 7
  2. Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922) Fri 12 Jan 1883 Page 4 Advertising
  3. COUNTRY NEWS, COUNTRY LETTERS. (1880, September 25). Adelaide Observer (SA : 1843 - 1904), p. 37. Retrieved March 2, 2018,
  4. Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922) Tue 15 Apr 1884 Page 2 Advertising
Given Name(s): James Campbell
Last Name: MURDOCH
Death Date: 07 Oct 1914
Gender: M
Age: 73y
Approx. Birth Year: 1841
Marital Status: M
Relative 1:
Relative 2:
Residence: Prospect
Death Place: Prospect
District: Adelaide
Book/Page: 387/400
  • Marriage of Emily Jane:

Groom Given Name(s): Andrew John Groom Last Name: SMITH Bride Given Name(s): Emily Jane Bride Last Name: MURDOCK Marriage Date: 1889, February 08 Marriage Place: St Luke Church [Adelaide] Groom Age: 32 Groom Approx. Birth Year: 1857 Groom Marital Status: S Groom Father: Edward SMITH Bride Age: 22 Bride Approx. Birth Year: 1867 Bride Marital Status: S Bride Father Name: James Campbell MURDOCK District: Adelaide Symbol: Book/Page: 158/401

  • Marriage of Alice Selina:

Groom Given Name(s): Peter David Groom Last Name: ANDERSON Bride Given Name(s): Alice Selina Bride Last Name: MURDOCH Marriage Date: 1894, February 22 Marriage Place: Res of Jas Murdoch Warooka Groom Age: 22 Groom Approx. Birth Year: 1872 Groom Marital Status: S Groom Father: James ANDERSON Bride Age: 23 Bride Approx. Birth Year: 1871 Bride Marital Status: S Bride Father Name: James MURDOCH District: Daly Symbol: Book/Page: 178/734

From South Australian Mail 12 October 1914: (There are errors in the info about his forebears but the spouse & list of children is correct.)

PERSONAL. James Campbell Murdoch passed away at his residence. Prospect, on October 7 at the age of 73. Mr. Murdoch was the eldest son of the late Mr. Colin Murdoch, of Edinborough. and a grandson of the late Capt. Alexander Murdoch (92nd High landers), of Yarton, Cuba County, and of York place. Edinborough. Mr. Murdoch was educated for the church, but owing to his wife's health, he relinquished the church, and coming to Australia took up land. He was at one time engaged in farming on Yorke's Peninsula, but for the past six years resided in Adelaide. Mr. Murdoch married Emily, only daughter of the late John and Mary Asquith Gowan, of Yorkshire. He is survived by his widow and 10 children— Mrs. Andrew Smith (Victoria . Mrs. Jack Hodges (Western Australia). Mrs. F. Gowland (Adelaide). Mrs. G. P. James (Adelaide), Mrs. Frank Cartier (Glenelg). Mrs. Ernest MacEgan (Yorke's Peninsula), Misses Alice (Western Australia) and Chrissie Murdoch (Adelaide). Mr. James Colin Campbell Murdoch and Mr. Les Murdoch (Yorke's Peninsula). South Australian Mail 12 October 1914

Research Notes

No confirmation so far that James C. Murdoch was "educated for the Church" or his father , Colin C. Murdoch either (usually described as "silk draper") or that James and Emily came to Australia for Emily's health. James only "took up land" after being in business for some time as a blacksmith & because credit selection became available. Whoever gave the reporter the dubious information seems to be trying to give the impression the family was more well-to-do than it actually was. On the other hand, the reporter might have confused this James Murdoch for another (there was at least one other living on Yorke Peninsula at the time).

I haven't been able to find anything for daughter Lucy Murdoch on genealogysa.org.au - the couple went to live in Western Australia.

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Images: 6
James Murdoch Death
James Murdoch Death

Colin Murdoch Image 2
Colin Murdoch Image 2

J.C. Murdoch - Blacksmith Advertisement
J.C. Murdoch - Blacksmith Advertisement

J.C. Murdoch Blacksmith Auction Advertisement
J.C. Murdoch Blacksmith Auction Advertisement

Murdoch family on ship
Murdoch family on ship

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On 27 Jul 2017 at 04:06 GMT Anne (Turner) Tichborne wrote:

"Mr James Murdock's Home 1900" (Photo) http://collections.slsa.sa.gov.au/resource/B+32156

Displayed on the Warooka home page at http://veryphotographic.com.au/warooka

Not clear whether this is the same James Murdoch.

On 27 Jul 2017 at 03:51 GMT Anne (Turner) Tichborne wrote:

Missing from the end of the below comment:

" . . . 306 acres; £306; 6-12-1872; Source: GG 1873 p 54"

On 27 Jul 2017 at 03:50 GMT Anne (Turner) Tichborne wrote:

Re Land selections on Yorke Peninsula between 1869 and 1890, a J.C. Murdoch took up a selection (Cancelled) in the Hundred of Maitland and a James Murdock took up selections in the hundred of Para Wurlie, near Corny Point. reference: http://www.familyhistorysa.info/sahistory/landselectors.html

"MURDOCH J C; Fergusson; Hd Maitland; Sect 129; total area 309 acres; £339/18/-; 24-4-1883; Notes: Cancelled 7-6-1887; Source: GG 1883 v 1 p 2007; 1887 v 1 p 1228" "MURDOCK James; Fergusson; Hd Para Wurlie; Sect 117S; Notes: Transfer from previous selector, approved 26-10-1881; Source: GG 1881 v 1 p 1055, v 2 p 1292 MURDOCK James; Fergusson; Hd Para Wurlie; Sect 61E; total area 334 acres; £334 plus £13; 24-12-1873; Source: GG 1874 p 64 MURDOCK James; Fergusson; Hd Para Wurlie; Sect 71; total area 306

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