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Sir Walter Murdoch remembers

Murdoch, W. Sir Walter Murdoch remembers. [Sound recording] [Special Collections]

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In this interview with his grandson Francis King, Sir Walter Murdoch talks about his childhood growing up in Rosehearty, a small Scottish fishing village. He discusses his immediate and extended family, giving an account of their emigration from Scotland due in large part to the threat of tuberculosis.

Sir Walter shares memories of his father, a theologian who was involved at major conflicts in orthodox ministry from the start of his career. He talks about his mother’s family background and the various books she wrote.

After losing several older siblings to tuberculosis, the family travelled to Australia by ship. He talks about the siblings who made the journey, including an older brother who was coincidentally an officer on the same ship. He remembers his eldest brother, a well-regarded Presbyterian minister in Victoria; he recalls not being particularly close due to their large age difference.

Sir Walter talks about his extended family. In this part of the interview, Lady Barbara Murdoch also participates in the discussion, often to clarify names and dates.

Sir Walter reflects upon surpassing his childhood life expectancy: he was only expected to live until the age of 45, but at the time of this interview he was 92 years old.

Sir Walter also reflects upon returning to Rosehearty 54 years after the family moved and was not particularly surprised to find it had not changed much.

This interview was recorded in Melbourne, possibly in the home of his daughter Catherine King.

PLEASE NOTE: This recording is incomplete.

This recording is part of the Sir Walter Murdoch Collection.

Date: 27 December 1966
Item Type: Special Collections
Collection: Sir Walter Murdoch Collection
Notes: 1 digital file : 57 MB
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/54834
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