Hon. David Murray MLC (1829-1907) was a business man and parliamentarian, and a member of the U.P. Church for 53 years. The words on the plaque on the eastern wall pay tribute to the man who "in discharging the many offices at various times held by him won the esteem and respect of his fellow members, and by his wise counsel and generous benefactions not only helped to build up the congregation, but the Presbyterian Church in this state, and in all that pertained to the common good of the community bore a worthy part."
John Murray was elected to the Legislative Council of South Australia in 1882, and was appointed Chief Secretary in the Downer Ministry, in succession to Mr. J. B. Spence, in July 1886. He retired with his colleagues in June 1887. Mr. Murray was elected a member of the council of Adelaide University in November 1887.
He was a foundation member of the SA Geographical Society and a member of the Caledonian Society of South Australia, and its Chief 1887–1888. He is remembered as a patron of the Arts, having bequeathed a large collection of prints to the Art Gallery of South Australia, together with ₤3,000 for the establishment of a print room.[i]
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