|Arthur Romney Green at his Christchurch workshop in the 1920s|
(in the doorway wearing a black jacket). Note the chair back glimpsed in the window
and his name above the door
|Arthur Romney Green from|
Green, A. Romney, A Craftsman's Anthology,
University Press, Aberdeen, 1948 (edited and abridged by Joan Yeo)
Harold Murray had an established dental practice and it is probably through living in Hampstead that he knew Ethel and Godfrey Blount and perhaps also Maude and Joseph King. The Murrays moved to California to pursue a new career in fruit farming but after a while ill health and financial difficulties caused Harold to give this up and take on the managership of a small gold mine. "Then the proprietor of the mine defrauded Murray out of a year's salary. This completed their ruin. The couple - with a son in his early teens and a new baby daughter - returned to England, probably in 1902, with the help of their old friend Godfrey Blount. They had to leave behind the piano, their library of books and almost everything they had of value. It was at Blount's house in Haslemere that Green first met them." (ibid). A.R.G. went on to organize political meetings with Harold Murray that he held in his workshop. I wonder how Godfrey Blount felt a few years later, when A.R.G. and Bertha Murray left Haslemere to be together, about having first introduced the Murrays to A.R.G.