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Gilbert Murray Gilbert Murray i(A15485 works by) (birth name: George Foster Wise Murray) (a.k.a. George Gilbert Aime Murray; G. G. A. Murray)
Born: Established: 2 Jan 1866 Sydney, New South Wales, ; Died: Ceased: 20 May 1957 Berkshire,
United Kingdom (UK),
Western Europe, Europe,

Gender: Male
Expatriate assertion Departed from Australia: 1877
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Gilbert Murray was the son of pastoralist and politician Sir Terence Aubrey Murray and his second wife Agnes Edwards. He was educated in Australia at Moss Vale and Mittagong before studying at Oxford where he was later appointed Regius Professor of Greek. Murray was well known for his verse translation of Greek plays including some by Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Aristophanes.

He was foundation chairman of the League of Nations Union 1923-38 and President of the United Nations. Though he left Australia in 1877, his 'Australian childhood shaped his emotions, fired his indignation about life, [and] remained an affectionate memory and a yardstick for his achievement' (Francis West Gilbert Murray, A Life (1984)). He returned to Australia briefly in 1892.

Most Referenced Works


  • Some library catalogues attribute a children's book, The Airplane Spider (1920), to Gilbert Murray; however, Muir, M&M and Miller do not list this work.
  • See also the full Australian Dictionary of Biography Online entry for George Gilbert Aime Murray, (1866-1957).
    Note: This is an ADB shared entry with Sir John Hubert Plunkett Murray (b. 29 December 1861 Sydney, New South Wales; d. 27 February 1940 Samarai, Papua New Guinea).

Known archival holdings

National Library of Australia (ACT)
National Library of Scotland
University of Oxford
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