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If you are a descendant of any of the following people then this invitation is meant for you: Margaret Murphy and Paul Walker; Catherine Murphy and William Shepherd; Dorcas Murphy and Richard Daulton; Joanna Murphy and Philip (Phelyn) Murphy; Jane Murphy and John Hugh Webb. Elizabeth Murphy and Frederick Thurlow

The Murphy family story.

The five Murphy sisters arrived in NSW in January 1841 on the Alfred. They came from a large family living in the town of Cahir, County Tipperary, Ireland.

The eldest sister, Margaret, gained employment in Singleton, Hunter Valley, where she met Paul Walker, a ticket of leave man from Lincolnshire. Together they had one child, Jane Mary Walker.

The Walker family moved to their leased property, the Vale of Sighs in the Boggabri area in 1855. As time went by, descendants of the Murphy sisters came to live in the area. The story of the Murphy family is told in Lyn Stewart’s new book, Finding Margaret Murphy. We are hoping that the book will be published and available for the reunion.

Margaret’s sisters all married in NSW. All had children apart from, as far as we know, Dorcas and Richard Daulton.

This reunion will be a chance for you to meet people with a common heritage. Some people you will know, but others you will meet for the first time—people who are related to you through your common ancestry to the Murphy’s of Cahir, Tipperary.

Provisional Program for the reunion


9.30am Meet and greet.

10.30am Official opening. Arrangements for the day and next day.

11.00-11.30am Rediscovering the Murphy family in Ireland and Australia, Lyn Stewart

11.30-12.30pm Family reunion time,--finding out more about your family line.

12.30am Book launch. Finding Margaret Murphy.

1pm-2pm Lunch (lunch tickets on the day –payment at the door)

2pm-4pm Visit to the Drildool cemetery. The graves of Margaret Walker née Murphy, Jane Powell née Walker, Sydney Powell, and others of the Powell family are buried in this cemetery. The headstone of Paul Walker’s grave at the Vale of Sighs was damaged and has been removed to the Drildool Cemetery.

Evening meal: The Burren Junction local pub will supply meals in the evening for those wishing to return to Burren Junction and continue socializing.


Possible visit to the Boggabri area and the location of Paul Walker’s grave at the Vale of Sighs.

The Reunion Venue: Burren Junction School of Arts Hall

How to get there: Car is the best way although it is possible by train and bus combination.

Burren Junction is about a 71/2 hour drive from Sydney or from Brisbane.

Accommodation options:

Junction City Hotel, Burren Junction, Cabins, (no breakfast available). 0267961440

Wee Waa Motel. (35 minutes drive) 0267954522

Narrabri (1hr & 10 mins drive)

Crossroads Hotel, Narrabri, 0267925592

Club Motor Inn, Narrabri, 0267923191. (Next to bowling club)

Southern Cross Motel, Narrabri, 0267923838. (Opposite RSL Club)

Adelong Motel, Narrabri, 1800026370

Nandewar Motor Inn, Narrabri, 0267954522

* RSVP please *

Let us know please...

1. Are you/others in your family coming to the reunion?

2. Will you/your group, need lunch?

Please RSVP before 31st July, 2019 to

Lyn Stewart

Or by phone 02 65584148


Philip and Elizabeth Powell

Or by phone 0429 961408

Please also tell us if you or members of your family will require a gluten fee lunch or if they have

other special dietary needs for the reunion day.

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