An exclusive exhibition on the life of Lieutenant Colonel Henry (Harry) William Murray VC CMG DSO and Bar DCM and Croix de Guerre avec Toile de Vermeil running from Saturday 18th May to Sunday 26th May: Transported Convicts to Heroic ANZAC. A rare chance to see some previously unpublished pictures and artifacts presented by his great niece Anne Batalibasi as a proud member of his family.

Heroic ANZAC - Lieutenant Colonel Henry (Harry) William Murray

Heroic ANZAC: Lieutenant Colonel Murray (photos supplied)

Heroic ANZAC: Lieutenant Colonel Henry Murray

by Len Langan

Capture if you will, the horror of the Gallipoli landing in 1915 and appreciate the stunning valour of this remarkably modest and shy man who did not seek fame or glory but whose qualities of leadership and personal courage made him a National Hero.

“By sheer valour he made his presence felt throughout the line” at Stormy Trench, Gueudecout, France on the 4th and 5th February 1917 “encouraging his men, heading bombing parties, leading bayonet charges and carrying wounded to safety. His magnificent example inspired his men throughout”. (London Gazette, 10th March 1917)

This is a story of a man descended from Norfolk Island convicts now held in honour by the Australian Nation. A great human story. Place this on your “must see” list between the 18th and 26th May. 10:00am to 4:00pm daily.

Phone Anne Batalibasie on (03) 6362 2628 for more information, or visit the exhibition at 4455 Meander Valley Road in Deloraine. There is also more information about the Transported Convicts to Heroic ANZAC exhibition on the website for the Heritage Highway region of Tasmania.

Len Langan lives in Longford with his wife Jill.  They are both passionate about Tasmanian heritage and tourism and things that can be done in this industry. Len writes about Tasmanian history  for both The Courier in Longford and the magazine Sagacity,  and works with Virtuosi taking music to rural areas.