- -1984. (Creation)
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100 boxes, 3 parcels.
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Denis Murphy was born in Nambour, Queensland, on 6 August 1936. He studied at the University of Queensland, attaining a BA in 1964, Dip Phys Ed in 1959, and PhD in 1972. In 1966 he was appointed as a tutor in the University of Queensland History Department, and in 1979 he became a Reader in this department. His interests were centred on Australian history, particularly Queensland politics. His best-known work was a biography of the Queensland Labor Premier, T.J. Ryan This was awarded the Australian Literary Foundation Award in 1976. Dr Murphy was a member of the Australian Labor Party, and from 1980 to 1984 was President of the Queensland Branch. He was a leading figure in the reform of the Queensland Branch of the Australian Labor Party. From 1983 to 1984 he was state Member of the Legislative Assembly for Stafford. He died on 21 June 1984.
Collection previously titled as: Papers, -1983
Collection alternatively titled as: Denis Joseph Murphy Collection.
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Research material for publications; personal papers; and papers relating to Dr Murphy’s career at the University of Queensland, and his membership of the Australian Labor Party. Also research material, including handwritten manuscripts (including memoirs by Margaret Fisher), correspondence, notes, photographs, photocopied articles, and newspaper cuttings, for the biography of Andrew Fisher, which Dr Murphy was working on before his death. Includes W.H. Demaine's ‘Diary, written on the voyage to Maryborough, Queensland, Australia in the year 1880 on board the sailing ship Silver Eagle from Plymouth’.
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Unrestricted access, except access to Box 1 Folder 3; Box 13; Box 41 Folder 2; Box 46 Folder 1; Box 47 Folder 7; Box 49 Folder 7; Boxes 93 - 95; Box 96; Box 98 Folders 6 - 8 is restricted.
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Material from this collection has been cited in:
Bongiorno, Frank. The importance of being practical: D J Murphy and Australian labour history [Paper in special issue: Tropical Transformations: Denis Murphy in Queensland History. Costar, Brian, 1950- and Saunders, Kay, 1947- (eds). First presented at a conference in Parliament House, Brisbane, 19 June 2004.]. Journal of the Royal Historical Society of Queensland, Vol. 19, No. 9, Dec 2006: 31-53.
Orr, Graeme. Fertilising a Thicket: Section 44, MP Qualifications and the High Court. Public Law Review 29(1), 17-23.
Scott, Joanne. Where are the women: Denis Murphy and labour history [Paper in special issue: Tropical Transformations: Denis Murphy in Queensland History. Costar, Brian, 1950- and Saunders, Kay, 1947- (eds). First presented at a conference in Parliament House, Brisbane, 19 June 2004.]. Journal of the Royal Historical Society of Queensland, Vol. 19, No. 9, Dec 2006: 138-149.
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Revised, Linda Justo, 27-Oct-2020. Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.