Sir George Murray
A Distinguished South Australian
Sir George Murray was born in Magill, Adelaide in 1863 and was educated at St Peter's College. At the University of Adelaide he won the John Howard Clark Scholarship for English Literature in 1882 and qualified for the B.A. degree in 1883. He took his B.A. and LL.B. degrees at the University of Cambridge. He returned to South Australia and was associate to Sir Samuel Way until 1891, when he began practising as a barrister. He had been on the Council of the University of Adelaide since 1891, and in 1915 was appointed Vice-Chancellor. In 1916 he became Chancellor of the University. Sir George was created K.C.M.G. in 1917.
Sir George gave generously to the University and his benefactions included:-
1907 - £1,000 to establish a scholarship called ‘The Tinline Scholarship’ in memory of his mother's family
1920 - £1,000 for the building fund of the University
1931 - £2,000 for general purposes
1936 - £10,000 for a men's union building
1936 - he renounced his life interest in the estate of his sister the value of which was estimated at £45,000.
The funds Sir George provided in 1936 allowed the University to build what is now known as the Sir George Murray building on the North Terrace Campus.
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