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Lot 403 (Affordable Photographica | Live Online, 3rd December 2020)

Sir John Hubert Plunkett Murray's Pair of Carl Zeiss Jena Feldstecher Verge 8 Binoculars 1900

Sir John Hubert Plunkett Murray's Pair of Carl Zeiss Jena Feldstecher Verge 8 Binoculars 1900

Engravings to Prisms 'From his brother officers of the N.S.W Regiment on departure for Transvaal, Major J. H. P Murray, Jan 1900, also engraved by Fairfax & Roberts Sydney (Jewellers) on the bridge,

Body: G, attractive brassed patina,

Optics, F-G, some internal dust and light fungus

In 1892 Murray became a legal draftsman for the Parliament of New South Wales but described his time there as "living death in Macquarie Street" and left in 1896 to lead a more adventurous life. He took an interest in the volunteer movement, and in 1898 was in command of the New South Wales Irish rifles. He was a Lieutenant-Colonel with the Australian Forces mounted infantry brigade in the Boer War. Murray held the rank of lieutenant-colonel in the Australian forces and of major in the Imperial service. Sir Hubert Murray was made a Companion of the Order Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (C.M.G.) in 1914, and a Knight Commander (K.C.M.G.) of the same order in 1925.

New Guinea

In 1904, Murray was appointed as a judge in what was still British New Guinea. He was appointed Acting Administrator in 1907 and Lieutenant-Governor in 1908, a position he held until his death at Samarai in 1940. When Murray first went to Papua there were 64 white residents. There were 90,000 square miles (230,000 km2) of territory, much of it unexplored jungle land, with many native tribes of whom some were cannibals and head-hunters.

He set himself to understand the native mind and found that an appeal to vanity was often more effective than punishment. Murray eventually wiped out cannibalism and head-hunting, largely by ridiculing tribes that followed those practices, and praising those that did not.

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