It is a time for healing, a time for sharing, a time for understanding the significance of Birria to so many people, his descendants, and his Baha’i family.
Uncle Fred Murray’s story has been precious to me since I was a teenager and came across a pamphlet created by his dear friend, and former Counsellor, Howard Harwood.
I became curious to know more about in my twenties. so curious I made a trip to South Australia to speak to people who had known him.
Many years, and just before the pandemic I followed this trip up, with another journey to South Australia.
On that trip I was able to meet the daughter of Madge Williams, and the great granddaughter of Uncle Fred and source several other materials.
Over the years I have also written to many Baha’i communites around the world for materials from their archives, from Baha’is who travelled to Australia for the opening of the Sydney Temple, or who encountered or personally met Uncle Fred at the World Congress.
Such precious moments. I visited dear Madge, who has now passed on. She was always such an inspiration encouraging me to finish this story one day and never giving up on this happening. I am so sad she won’t be there to see its completion.
I am thankful that in my twenties I took the time to interview Madge and that she held onto that transcript and returned it to me many years later.