Missing Friends: Murphy’s Creek (Qld) people


Were your family part of the railway construction between Ipswich & Toowoomba?

Was your family part of the railway construction between Ipswich & Toowoomba?

The topic of one of my papers at Congress 2015 is The marriage of local history and family history: a bridge to the past. In part this will be a case study of the town of Murphy’s Creek, Queensland, at the bottom of the Toowoomba range.

For several years I’ve been collecting information on the town and its people from a range of sources. However it’s just (duh!) occurred to me that with the internet, and widespread interest in genealogy, I now have another opportunity to learn more about the people who lived and worked in Murphy’s Creek back in its formative years.

So, to paraphrase the Beatles, I’m looking for a little help from my friends. I’ve already picked up a few previously-unknown links through online genealogy sites, but I’m hoping this request will take my message wider.

If you have any family member who you know was born, baptised, married, died or was buried in Murphy’s Creek I’d really love to hear from you. It’s often only on certificates that some of these hidden clues come to light. You can leave a message in the comments, or contact me via email.

Please help me to bring those “missing friends” back into the Murphy’s Creek heritage story.

2 thoughts on “Missing Friends: Murphy’s Creek (Qld) people

  1. My husbands Grandfather was a police officer at Murphy’s Creek in 1914. In the copy of his police file is a petition signed by the residents, protesting about his transfer. There is over a page of signatures. Also two aunties were born there but I do not have certificates. If you are interested in the petition I can scan and copy it for you. Not sure about copyright of it. As an aside have I seen posts from you on The Book of Me?

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    • Thanks for getting in touch! How exciting…I would love to see that petition. I’ll email you. Yes, I’ve written some posts on the Book of Me but not as many as I’d intended. Cheers, Pauleen

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