Tales of the Wild Antipodes. True Fact #93. ‘Iron Wok’ Murphy 1868 – 1894. Though not as well known as his Australian counterpart Ned Kelley, ‘Iron Wok’ Murphy terrorised rural New Zealand in the 1890’s. Known for his elaborate chinese cookware armour, he was killed in a shootout when a bullet ricocheted off a skillet and into his eye.