Origin of the Name
Historians differ on origin of Murree’s name. According to one theory Murree derives its name from local Marrhi which means a ridge. According to another it is derived from Turkish marg which means a meadow. It may not be far from reality as there is considerable Turkish cultural influence in the area. The the local dialect derives a number of words from Turkish language. Besides historically the locals used to spend most part of the year in the valleys and used top of the hills as pastures or fields to grow seasonal crops. Over the centuries Turkish Marq might have become Mari, which incidentally were the spellings British used at the start of their contacts with the area. It was only on 1875 that present spellings, Murree were adopted .According to yet another explanation Murree derives its name from Hazrat Marriam, or Virgin Marry, who is said to be buried at Pindi Point which is one of the highest places around. There are stories abounding about holiness of the sight and how a divine intervention has been stopping construction workers to remove the grave. Whatever the explanation of the name it seems that before the British advent it did not represent anything beyond the Hilliard. There is no record indicating that the whole territory known as Murree today had the same name before British occupation of the area in 1846. During the Afghan as well as Sikh rule the area was referred with the name tribe inhabiting the same. It was only after transfer of the hill tract, including Murree, from Hazara district to Rawalpindi district in 1850 that Tehsil Murree was created.
Murree features a subtropical highland climate under the Koppen climate classification. It is situated in the outer Himalayas, retaining high altitude. This type of area has cold, snowy winters, relatively cool summer with drastically escalated rain, in relation with lower altitudes, and frequent fog. Precipitation is received year round, with two maximas, first one during winter and second one at summer, July–August. Total mean precipitation annually is 1,789 mm (70.4 in).
Many rare animals can be found in Murree. One example is the leopard, which inhabits the neighboring Galiyat region. More common animals include the Rhesus Monkey, foxes and various species of pheasant including the chir and kalij.
The main tribe of Murree are the Dhond Abbasi, other tribes are the Syed‘s, Khawaja‘s, Kethwal Rajputs, the Dhanyals, Awans, Jasgam, Satti, Baig,Janjua Rajpoot ( mainly populated on eastern side of Murree)Qureshi Family, Mengiral Rajput and Barlas.
The Murree Brewery
The Murree Brewery at Ghora Galli was among the first modern beer breweries established in Asia. The virtues of beer brewed from barley malt & hops as a light alcoholic beverage were not lost on the local population who rapidly became avid consumers.
By the turn of the 20 century, the name “Murree” was famous for its beer in keg and bottle in the bars, beer halls and army messes of British India. Murree Beer was first awarded a medal for product excellence at the Philadelphia Exhibition in 1876, followed by numerous awards over the past 150 years.
Cadet College Murree
Cadet College Murree is established as an educational institute, aiming at excellence in education to benefit the community. Notwithstanding the educational and economical constraints, the college has set its inviolate goals to produce educated, motivated and spirited.