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The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/Murray, Right Rev. James

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Murray, Right Rev. James, D.D., first Bishop of Maitland, N.S.W., was born in Ireland in 1828, and educated at the Propaganda College at Rome, where he remained from his fourteenth to his twenty-fourth year (1852), when he was admitted to the priesthood. He then returned to Dublin, where he remained until his appointment to the see of Maitland, in the province of Sydney. During eleven years of this period he acted as private secretary to Cardinal Cullen. On Nov. 14th, 1865, he was consecrated first Bishop of Maitland, and in October of the following year he landed in New South Wales. Since he took possession of the see, the ecclesiastical and educational development of the diocese under his auspices has been enormous.