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Neil Murray Neil Murray i(A14955 works by)
Born: Established: 1956 Ararat, Ararat area, Grampians - Pyrenees area, Victoria, ;
Gender: Male
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Neil Murray, a singer and songwriter, is well known for his association with the Warumpi Band, which was known for their exciting and powerful live performances, and for being among the first to use Indigenous language in rock music. One of the founding members of the band in the early 1980s, Murray continued to perform with Warumpi until October 1999 when his solo career demanded a greater time commitment. In addition to songs, Murray's writing has taken the form of poetry, novel and play.

Born in Western Victoria, Murray has explored his links with his Scottish ancestry through visits to Scotland. Murray grew up on a farm near Lake Bolac in the western district of Victoria. He studied Art in Ballarat and Melbourne and he wrote songs and poems from an early age.

As well as living in the outback he has lived in Sydney, Melbourne and Darwin. He maintains a residence in his native 'Tjapwurrung Country' in western Victoria, and is a frequent visitor to the Northern Territory.

He has worked for many years amongst Aborigines in outback and urban communities and regards Aboriginal cultural heritage as the foundation of Australia's spiritual identity. His commitment to indigenous rights and to the environment is reflected in his writing. He is an active environmentalist.

Sources include One Day Hill publishing company.

Most Referenced Works

Awards for Works

Winding Down the Window in the Top-End i "When I first drove north", 1991 single work poetry
— Appears in: Northern Perspective , Dry Season vol. 14 no. l 1991; (p. 22) One Man Tribe 1999; (p. 7)
1990 commended Northern Territory Literary Awards Red Earth Poetry Award NT Section

Known archival holdings

University of New South Wales Australian Defence Force Academy Australian Defence Force Academy Library (ACT)
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