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Murrays in New Zealand


John (Jack) Murray in New Zealand

John (Jack) MURRAY was born on 03 May 1883 at Burnside, in the Muiravonside Parish of Stirlingshire.  He was the son of John MURRAY and Jane KILGOUR.  He was four years old when he and his family arrived in New Zealand.  Jack attended Christchurch Boys High School and was educated in Latin and French.

Jack began work for the Bank of New Zealand in 1900 and about a decade later he met Hannah May MOTLEY.  Hannah was born 26 March 1882 in Napier, New Zealand and she loved to create water colour paintings of landscapes and flowers.  Hannah was a nurse and she was already aboard the ship taking her to the Mayo Clinic to extend her nursing knowledge when John (Jack) MURRAY asked her to marry him.

Jack and Hannah were married on 16 December 1914.  The couple moved to Evans Bay, in Wellington, New Zealand when Jack was promoted to one of the Senior Managers at the headquarters of the Bank of New Zealand.  Jack was an all around great sportsman and won several shooting (rifle) contests.  Jack was also an avid stamp collector and his impressive collection included a complete set of all New Zealand stamps issued.  John (Jack) MURRAY died on 10 December 1947 at Wellington, New Zealand.  Hannah Motley MURRAY died on 01 November 1967.

Three Generations of New Zealand Murrays
Three Generations of New Zealand Murrays

The above photo represents three generations of New Zealand MURRAYs and was kindly provided for this webpage by a descendant of these gentleman, David WHITE.  (click on photo for larger image)  Shown from left to right are John MURRAY, 1853-1943; John (Jack) MURRAY, 1883-1947; and Robert John MURRAY, b. 1915.

Children of Jack MURRAY and Hannah MOTLEY:

Robert Murray born 1915
Robert Murray, b. 1915

i.  Robert John MURRAY, who was born 26 December 1915 in Marton, New Zealand.  Robert (shown in the 1938 or 1939 photo at right) also worked for the Bank of New Zealand.  Robert MURRAY and his wife, Joyce Edith TURNER had two children, a boy and a girl.

ii.  Sybil May MURRAY, who was born on 09 October 1917 in Marton, New Zealand.  Sybil is show in the photo at right standing next to her grandfather, John MURRAY.  (click on photo for larger view)  Sybil attended Wellington Girls Cottage and worked for the Reserve Bank.  She was a home dressmaker and sewed and knitted for the family.  From 1945 to 1950, Sybil was in China with an Apostolic Mission.  Upon her return to New Zealand, Sybil married Hector GARDINER on 11 June 1952.  Hector and Sybil had one son.  Sybil was very interested in MURRAY family history and would have long talks with her niece lamenting the lack of information on the Canadian relatives of her grandfather.  Sybil Murray GARDINER died 10 October 1997 in Hamilton, New Zealand..