Born 8 July in Croydon, New South Wales, Australia.
The second son of James Murch, carpenter and builder and Caroline Holman, tailor and teacher – both from Brighton, England.
Left Croydon Public School and started at Sydney Technical High School, Ultimo
Murch’s Early Memories – interviewed by Hazel de Berg, 1962
Apprenticed to John Heine & Son in Leichhardt. The company specialised in power presses and forming dies and was the first to make automatic can making machinery in Australia. Murch studies mechanical drawing at Sydney Technical College at night. Murch became an engineer’s draughtsman and remained with John Heine until 1924