Sylvia Murphy

Sylvia is based in Sydney and has been researching families in Colonial India since 1996 in which she has developed considerable expertise.  She is the Australian Membership Liaison for Families in British India Society and is a volunteer librarian at both her local LDS Family History Centre and at the Society of Australian Genealogists Library.  She convenes the South Asia Research Group for S.A.G. which meets quarterly.  She has created or contributed to several indexes of value to the British India Researcher – including the Bombay Marriage Index, Personal Information of Subscribers to the Madras Military Fund and others.

Her other main areas of interest and expertise are Belgian and English family research.  After a course of study in 2009 she was awarded the Advanced Diploma in Local History from Oxford Uni.

Some Articles:

  • “Using Newspapers and Journals to Research your Family in British India”, FIBIS Journal No.22, Autumn 2009
  • “The Defence of Lucknow: letter from Lt Clifford Mecham” in conjunction with Michael Mecham, transcription of the original account for publication in FIBIS journals  Nos.18 & 19, 2008/09
  • “Convicts Lost and Found in the East Indies”, Descent, March 2009
  • “Jules Henri Jean Schaumburg (1839–1886): a forgotten artist rediscovered” FIBIS Journal No ; 2008
  • Who Was William Hopper? FIBIS Journal No.3, 2000

Personal Research Interests:

Colonial India; South Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Surrey, Kent & London; Leicestershire; the name ‘Soundy’ anywhere; Antwerp & Flemish Belgium; Italy

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