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Brian Murray (governor)

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Monarch  Queen Elizabeth II
Years of service  1939–1978
Spouse  Janette Murray
Preceded by  Sir Henry Winneke
Rank  Rear Admiral
Succeeded by  Davis McCaughey
Nationality  Australian
Name  Brian Murray
Allegiance  Australia
Role  Governor

Brian Murray (governor)
Full Name  Brian Stewart Murray
Born  26 December 1921 (age 69), Glen Huntly, Victoria (1921-12-26)
Awards  Order of St Michael and St George, Order of Australia, Mentioned in dispatches
Battles and wars  World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War

Service/branch  Royal Australian Navy

Died   4 June 1991 (aged 69) Murrumbateman, New South Wales

Similar  Rohan Delacombe, Dallas Brooks, Reginald Talbot

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Rear Admiral Sir Brian Stewart Murray KCMG, AO (26 December 1921 – 4 June 1991) was a senior officer in the Royal Australian Navy and the 22nd Governor of Victoria, serving from March 1982 until October 1985.


At the time of his appointment as governor, Murray was a retired Royal Australian Navy admiral married to a former nun. He was nominated by the Liberal Premier Lindsay Thompson. Labor Premier John Cain demanded his resignation in 1985 after Murray accepted a free trip to the United States with his wife from Continental Airlines. They retired to the Doonkuna Estate vineyard at Murrumbateman, outside of Canberra.

During Murray's term of office, a Labor government was elected in Victoria for the first time since 1955. Accordingly, there were some changes to the role, ceremonial and functions within Government House during his incumbency. The new government discontinued recommending Imperial honours. On 18 April 1984, the Governor announced that Queen Elizabeth II had approved a change in his flag: "From this day, the Governor's Personal Standard will be the State Flag of Victoria with the blue of the flag being replaced by gold. The new Standard will be flown at Government House and on vehicles conveying the Governor. The old Standard used by all Victorian Governors has been, since 1870, the Union Jack with the Badge of the State emblazoned in the centre thereof".

When Sir Brian died of cancer in 1991 he was accorded the honour of a state funeral by the State of Victoria complete with Royal Australian Navy escort, full naval honours and a eulogy by his friend Admiral Sir Anthony Synnot.

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