|Lawrence George Henderson Murphy
Lawrence George Henderson Murphy
- Born: 3 Apr 1913, Smithton, Tas
- Died: 13 Sep 2007, Smithton, Tas at age 94
- Buried: 17 Sep 2007, Circular Head Lawn Cemetery, Circular Head, Tasmania, Australia
Lawrie was born at Smithton in a private maternity hospital possibly run by Nurse Bates. There was some debate as to the date of birth as Ada Geale who registered the birth was a day out according to Lou, Lawrie's Mum ie 2 April 1913.
Lawrie lived with his brothers in Nelson St beside their father's business premises in Smithton, Tas. This was only minutes from the Cream Cake and strawberries of their aunts and uncles of the Geale family.
He was the only one of his siblings to have a high school education at Devonport High School at the age of 11 staying in the Elimatta Hotel in Devonport.
On returning to Smithton, he started working for his father under the watchful eye of Bill Zeigler the chief mechanic at Tom Murphy's (snr) motor garage in Nelson St. His brothers Tom Jnr and Bill also worked there at that time.
He often repaired and serviced the engine powered lighting plants and anything else that needed mechanical repair in the district. During the war he alson worked as a steward at the Smithton Club providing relief for Mr Peter Burgess the full time steward. He told many stories of all night card games which continued until the patrons ran out of money or they lost their thirst.
Lawrie was proud of his two and a half litre Riley Sallon car purchased in the 1950's and his first TV set. However the picture was snowy as it came from Melbourne. Lawrie also loved his Victor Lawn mowers, his vege garden and his business and the people in it.
He had a shack at West Point and loved the trips with his brothers and nephews who learned to drive his old Land Rover. The spare wheel which was mounted on the bonet made it difficult for the the little learners to see over it.
Lawrie was a an early riser and early to bed. He had a healthy life although ther were the few occasions to go to the doctor when he dropped some steel on his toe and when he had cataracts removed from his eyes. Lawrie was a funny man with a quirky sense of humour.
At his funeral the eulogy was given by Mrs Claire Porteous from whom this information was obtained and the Carriers were Kevin, Ray, Roger and Paul Murphy.