From a humble start as a district correspondent for The Age in 1903, Murdoch became one of the most significant characters in Australian newspaper history – as a journalist, correspondent, editor and publisher.
He was the Sydney Sun's political correspondent before travelling overseas in 1915.
After a visit to Gallipoli, he took to London a controversial letter which contributed to the recall of the senior British commander.
Appointed to editorial control of Melbourne's Herald in 1921, he later became managing editor (and later chairman) of the Herald and Weekly Times.
He built a family of publications in Melbourne, and an interstate empire of newspapers.
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