Terence Joseph Murphy was born on 18 October 1931, one of nine children of Margaret Ellen Murphy (d.1981) and Joseph Murphy. The family was catholic and he was educated St Mary’s Primary School in Erskineville, and at Christian Brothers in Lewisham. He was the brother of Alderman Maureen Margaret Oliver.
Occupation & interests
In 1986 Terry Murphy was a Westpac Bank messenger. He lived his entire life in Erskineville, living in the same house on Albert Street.
He was an organiser for the Australian Workers Union, representing workers in the cement industry.
Local government service
Terry Murphy was an Alderman of the former South Sydney Council before being elected to Sydney Council. He was Alderman for Alexandria Ward, 1 January 1982 to 25 March 1987 when the Council was replaced by City Commissioners. Murphy was a member of the Building and Development Committee and the City Planning Committee from 1983 to 1984, the Equal Employment Opportunity Implementation Committee in 1984, and the Major Building and Development and City Planning Committee from 1985 to 1987. He was a member of the Australian Labor Party.
City of Sydney Archives: Aldermen’s Files