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J. D. Turnbull (1832–1922)

At the advanced age of 90 years there passed away on the 17th July a well-known pastoral identity, in the person of Mr. J. D. Turnbull, at his residence, Guy Fawkes, Glen Innes, N.S.W.

Born at Jedburgh, Scotland, he came to Australia at 19 years of age, and shortly after his arrival invested in a waggon and horses, and carried stores to the Ballarat goldfields. This venture proving eminently successful, he was able to purchase a farming property, and a few years later bought Kotupna, a sheep station in the Goulburn Valley. Disposing of this station in 1883, he travelled through Australia with the object of selecting a suitable property to purchase, and ultimately settled at Guy Fawkes. He was the first man in that district to send cattle direct to Sydney, and established a very large cattle trade. About 22 years ago he bought the homestead portion of Guy Fawkes Station from Messrs. Waugh Bros., and later on Bald Hills Estate.

Mr. Turnbull was a man of fine disposition and high character, and was highly esteemed by all who knew him. He is survived by his wife, six sons and a daughter.

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Jedburgh, Scottish Borders, Scotland


17 July, 1922 (aged ~ 90)
Glen Innes, New South Wales, Australia

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