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Australian commissioners: Francis Murphy (2nd of 3)

Australian commissioners: Francis Murphy

Sir Francis Murphy was a colonial surgeon in Sydney, Australia, before becoming a successful farmer and a member of the Legislative Assembly. He was the first speaker of Victoria’s Legislative Assembly, from 1856 to 1871. While speaker he agreed to serve as one of the three commissioners appointed to select a site for New Zealand’s capital.

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Stephen Levine, 'Capital city - A new capital', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 July 2024)

Story by Stephen Levine, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 Aug 2016