Murray, Russell Mervyn (1877-1945)

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Mining Engineer; Mining engineer
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Russell Mervyn Murray (1877-1945), mining engineer, was born on 12 July 1877 at Elliminyt, Victoria, son of Victorian-born parents Andrew Strachan Murray, grazier, and his wife Florence Eleanor, née Blunden....

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Russell Murray greatly changed the face of mining in Tasmania. During his forty-plus years in charge of Mount Lyell Mining he oversaw the construction of Australia's biggest underground mining operation - the Mount Lyell Mine - and he initiated a scheme which greatly improved the living conditions of miners and other Gormanston locals. In 1912 a fire swept through North Lyell killing forty-two people, but without Murray's calm and organised rescue plan the death rate may have been much higher. The Royal human Society awarded Russell Murray their Silver Medal for his life-saving efforts.

  • Education - Bachelor of Civil Engineering (BCE) completed at the University of Melbourne
  • Career position - Draftsman and Assistant Surveyor with Mount Lyell Mining & Railway Co. in Gormanston, Tasmania
  • Career position - Acting Manager of Mount Lyell mines
  • Career position - Oversaw the development of the Mount Lyell mine complex
  • Career position - Engineer-in-charge at Mount Lyell mines
  • Award - Royal Humane Society's silver medal received for implementing rescue operations during the North Lyell fire of 1912
  • Career position - Warden of Gormanston
  • Career position - General Manager of Mount Lyell mines
  • Career position - President of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
  • Life event - Retired due to crippling arthritis

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Murray, Russell Mervyn
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. Murray, Russell Mervyn (1877-1945), Mining Engineer
    Smith, Ann G.
    Published: Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1986
    Series: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 10, 649-650

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