Kenneth ‘Ken’ Edward Murray, PSM
Ken was a highly-regarded and respected town planner who was passionate about his work and his interest in the arts, culture, sport and the community.
He was born in Sydney in 1938 and grew up in Parramatta with his parents and two brothers.
He studied at Sydney University where he gained a Bachelor of Architecture and a Diploma in Town and Country Planning. It was at University that he met Lloyd Rees and started a life-long interest in Australian arts.
On leaving University, Ken worked as an architect in Sydney before his deep interest in people and places led him to travel overseas. He worked for the London Greater Council and the Scottish Development Department in Edinburgh and gained further qualifications from the Universities of Edinburgh and Oslo.
It was at the New South Wales South Coast where Ken spent much of his life and his career, working for 29 years for the Shoalhaven City Council. Here, he demonstrated his commitment to the community and to balancing both conservation and development.
Ken was awarded the Public Service Medal (PSM) in 2000 for outstanding public service to the Shoalhaven City in the field of development.