Sylvia Murphy

Sylvia Murphy

Image of Sylvia MurphyIt is with great sadness that we report the death of our dear friend Sylvia Murphy.

Sylvia was for many years a member of FIBIS and one of our stalwart Liaisons in Australia along with Mary-Anne Gourley. She regularly represented FIBIS at family history events in Australia and was also well known and respected for her knowledgeable contributions to the Rootsweb India List and to Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine.

She last visited the UK for the FIBIS Conference in 2014 where she gave a talk on the “ non-official” community in India, people who were not in the Civil Service or the Army, among whom her own ancestors were numbered.

Family historians from all over the world benefited from her expertise in the field of researching ancestors in British India and she will be much missed.

Sylvia had been suffering from Leukemia  for some time. Her funeral will be held at the Bathurst Crematorium on Wednesday, June 27 at 9.30 am and her daughter Celia has requested that in lieu of flowers donations be sent to the Leukaemia Foundation.




This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. Steph

    I am very sorry to hear the news about Sylvia. I have benefitted several times from Sylvia’s advice both regarding ancestors in India and others. I first came across her several years’ ago on the WhoDoYouThinkYouAre website where she helped many people including me. When I joined FIBIS she was obviously a very longstanding member who helped many people. I am certain she will be a great loss to members. Condolences to her family and friends.

  2. Vale Sylvia Murphy. Like countless Australians struggling through the arcane maze of Anglo-Indian genealogy, I received valuable direction from Sylvia that encouraged further searching. Sadly missed.

  3. Sylvia was a great help to me when I first started researching. Not only would she obtain Wills etc, but would transcribe them, and was always ready with helpful advice.
    Yes she will be a great loss to members and condolences to her family

  4. Sylvia was so willing and wonderful with her advice and help. She was the first person I would turn to for advice on articles I had written and I was happy to assist her with various queries. I will certainly miss the thoughtful interactions we had. With prayers and blessings, David

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