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Aboriginal Biographical Index entry

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Besley Horden Murray (Bes); 'from the Wamba Wambo mob in Swan Hill' (Wemba Wemba / Wamba Wamba people); born Marada Private Hospital in Swan Hill, Victoria, in 1928; son of Sydney John Murray and Hilda Zenobia Murray (nee Stewart); youngest surviving brother of Sydney Ronald Murray (known as Ronald), John Stewart Murray (known as Stewart), William Murray (died as a young child), Stephen Murray (died as a young child); grew up on The Island, one of three Aboriginal Reserves near Balranald, New South Wales; he was refused entry to Balranald School in 1934 and directed to the Mission School (Cally Street School) so his parents sent him to the primary school in Lake Boga, Victoria, where Bes stayed with his maternal Stewart grandparents, Robroy and Mary Jane; in 1940 he returned home and was able to attend school at Balranald Central School; left school at 13 to start work; worked with his father on Yanga Station, New South Wales; also worked as a steam engine driver; worked and competed as a jockey; as a boxer; performed as a rider with Thorpe McConville's Wild Australia rodeo; later in life he became a competitor in whip cracking, a skill he learnt on Yanga Station; in 1950 he returned to Yanga Station and worked as a horse breaker, boundary rider and, later, stockman; from 1957 to 1960 he share farmed on Condoloupe Station, near Balranald, before returning to work on Yanga Station mustering and counting out and later working as head stockman; in 1978 he was offered and accepted the position of overseer of Yanga Station; he worked as overseer until retirement in November, 1998, when he was appointed as the Heritage Co-ordinator for Yanga Sation; continued as Heritage Co-ordinator after 2005 when Yanga Station was sold to the NSW Government and after Yanga became a National Park in 2009; he was a skilful bushman with knowledge of cultural sites; he protected cultural heritage on Yanga Station; father, with Elsie Hawkins, of Barbara Browne (born 1948); married Lorraine Lucille Britten in 1953 in Swan Hill; he and Lorraine are the parents of Joy Anne Murray (born 1954), Beverley Jean Murray (born 1956), Cheryl Christina Murray (born 1957), Ronald Besley Murray (born 1960), Janet Lorraine Murray (born 1962), Kerry Lee Murray (born 1971); the family lived at Yanga Lake then Condoloupe before returning to Yanga Station; in 1981 the family moved to Talpee Homestead where Bes and Lorraine lived until they moved to Balranald in 2006; Justice of the Peace (appointed 1979); Australia Day Ambassador (1996 to about 2008); Australia Day Council Living Legend (1999); Balranald Shire Citizen of the Year (1999); received the Queen's Australian Sports Medal (2000); Respected Elder of the Mildura Koori Court (2005 to about 2015); in December 2012 the Balranald Aboriginal Health Service building was renamed the Bes Murray Community Centre
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Aboriginal Biographical Index entry
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The ABI is a name index to published materials in the AIATSIS Library. Some records refer to deceased people or use words which reflect the attitude of the time or the author and may be offensive
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