The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Canterbury Provincial District]
Mr. John George Murray
Mr. John George Murray, who has been a Member of the Selwyn County Council for Halswell Riding since 1886, was born in Surrey, England, in 1836, and was educated there. Landing in Lyttelton per ship “Labuan,” in 1851, he was brought up to agricultural pursuits and commenced farming on his own account at the age of twenty-one in the Halswell and Lincoln districts. He has since acquired a property of about 3000 acres at Greenpark, which is now farmed by his sons. Mr. page break Murray has served at different times on several road boards, and represented Selwyn County Council on the Christchurch Hospital Board. He is a member of the Masonic Order being attached to the Lincoln lodge, and has long been associated with the Agricultural and Pastoral Association. Mr. Murray was married in 1867 to a daughter of the late Mr. John Gebbie of Lyttelton, and has three sons and four daughters.