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Issue Details: First known date: 1916... 1916 Murphy of Anzac
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The first film to trace the Gallipoli experiences of John Kikpatrick Simpson.

From a contemporary newspaper:

'Among the numberless deeds of heroism performed by the Anzacs at Gallipoli one figure stands out in dramatic distinctness in the person of Private W. Simpson, a Queenslander, who was attached to the 3rd Field Ambulance of the A.l.F. It will be remembered that in the earlier newspaper reports that came through the Identity of the hero was not established, and he was spoken of as 'Murphy' and as 'the man with the donkey. One English nowspaper in speaking of this gallant ambulance man stated that it was while endeavouring to save his 101th man that Simpson met his death. The story opens with the home life of 'Murphy' prior to his enlistment. Then follows the donning of the uniform, his departure for Egypt. A dramatic incident occurs on the troop ship to Galljpoli, which results in an encounter between Murpny, and a German spy. Then comes the landing. There follows in rapid succession the battle scenes at Gallipoli, all interspersed with Murphy's heroic deeds as calmly, and with true Australian 'don't care a-damnedness,' he carries on his labour of love in saving his wounded comrades with the help of his donkey, culminating with his death at ihe moment of his greatest deed wherein he endeavours to save no less than three wounded men at the one time.'


'Murphy of Anzac', Illawarra Mercury, 11 July 1916, p.2.




  • The film was subsequently criticsed for errors by a returned serviceman, writing in to the Cairns Post: he was particularly affronted by the misidentification of Simpson's unit, the inaccuracy of his death as presented in the film, and the suggestion that Simpson had been shamed into enlisting by receipt of a white feather. See 'Murphy of Anzac: Film's Accuracy Doubted', Cairns Post, 17 February 1920, p.8.

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