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Name: Caroline Murray

Burial Number: 1253

Gender: Female

Occupation: Wife of Dr James Patrick Murray

Born: 28/06/1843

Died: 26/06/1926

Buried: 29/06/1926

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Caroline was born in Downham Market, Norfolk, the daughter of James and Mary. Her father was a surgeon. She was baptised at Downham on 30th October 1843. The family emigrated to Australia c1854 but Caroline stayed to complete her education. She followed her parents after 1861. The Patterson family settled in Robe Street, St Kilda, Melbourne. Caroline married Dr James Patrick Murray in St Kilda on 8th September 1866. He was originally from Ireland. Their son George was born in 1868, followed by Mary Eleanor Caroline in 1870 and Leslie in 1872. Caroline’s husband James sold his practice in 1871 and bought a brig “Carl” ostensibly to trade amongst the South Sea Islands and to set up a plantation on one of the islands. He was involved in kidnapping and murdering many of the islanders. The story of the “Carl” can be found in many newspapers of the time. Dr Murray was described as “charming, devious, a monster and murderer” by the Australian press. He turned Queen’s Evidence to escape punishment. The doctor deserted his family and returned to England in 1873. He lived in Warwickshire for a while and then disappeared. Caroline returned later and settled in London with the children. By 1891, she described herself as a widow. By 1903, Caroline and her daughter Mary were in India where Mary married Henry Nelson. The couple returned to England in 1907 and settled in Worthing. Caroline lived with them. She died in High Salvington on 26th June 1926. No Probate.

Researcher: Carol Sullivan

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for Caroline Murray

Location in Cemetery

Area: NWS Row: 9 Plot: 13

Exact Location (what3words): pinks.hype.loyal

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



No description of the headstone has been added.


In ever loving memory of Caroline Louisa Murray born June 28th 1844 died June 26th 1926 Also of Henry Nelson C.E. IRRG India born February 21st 1855 died March 21st 1927

Further Information


Name: Caroline Louisa Murray

Gender: Female

Born: 28/06/1843

Town: Downham Market

County: Norfolk

Country: England


Maiden Name:Patterson

Marriage Date: 08/09/1866

Spouse First Name: James

Spouse Second Name: Patrick

Spouse Last Name: Murray

Town of Marriage: Unknown

County of Marriage: Unknown

Country of Marriage: Australia

Information at Death

Date of Death: 26/06/1926

Cause of death: Unknown

Town: High Salvington

County: Sussex

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: No value recorded

Current value of effects: Not calculated

Census Information


Downham Market

James aged 45, surgeon. Mary aged 42. James aged 17. George aged 12. Gertrude aged 10. Caroline aged 8. Augusta aged 5. Plus 4 servants.


16 Carleton Hill East, Marylebone.

Caroline L aged 17, pupil, boarder at school run by Miss Amir Cardiss.


38 Holland Villas Road, Kensington.

Caroline aged 34, no occupation. Mary aged 10. Boarding in the house of Jane Shute, school mistress.


65 Marylands Road, Paddington.

Caroline aged 44, widow, own means. Mary Ella aged 21. Leslie aged 19, bank clerk. Augusta aged 36, sister. George Millward aged 19, army officer. Plus 1 servant.



Rayleigh Mount, Winchester Road, Worthing.

Henry Nelson aged 56, retired public works officer, India. Mary Ella aged 41. Caroline Louisa aged 65, widow, mother-in-law. Mary Ella aged 6. Plus 1 servant.


Rayleigh Mount, Winchester Road, Worthing, Sussex

First name(s) Last name Relationship to head Sex Birth year Age Birth place Occupation Employer
Henry Nelson
M 1855 66 Birmingham, Warwickshire Retired Civil Engineer Irrigation Branch P G O Irrigation Branch Of The P W D Of India
Mary Ella Caroline Nelson
F 1869 51 St Kilda, Victoria, Australia Home Work
Caroline Louisa Murray
F 1845 76 Norfolk, England None
Margaret Anne Rowan Wilson
Sister, visitor
F 1868 53 Lucknow, India None
Edith Alice Codd
F 1896 25 West Chiltington, Sussex General Domestic Servant Private

Miscellaneous Information

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