- Category : 1874-births
- Type : GE
- Profile : 3/5 - Martyr / Heretic
- Definition : Split - Small (5,22,29,35)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Eden 3
Australian academic and essayist famous for his intelligence, wit, and humanity. He was a founding professor of English and former Chancellor of the University of Western Australia (UWA) in Perth, Western Australia.
A member of the prominent Australian Murdoch family, he was the father of Catherine, later prominent as Dr Catherine King MBE (1904–2000), a radio broadcaster in Western Australia; the uncle of both Sir Keith, a journalist and newspaper executive, and Ivon, a soldier in the Australian Army; the great uncle of Rupert Murdoch, an international media proprietor; and a great–great uncle to Rupert's children Elisabeth, Lachlan, and James.
Murdoch University is named in Sir Walter's honour; as is Murdoch, the suburb surrounding its main campus, located in Perth, Western Australia.
He died on 30 July 1970, aged 95.