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James Bligh Turnbull (1847–1930)

Wednesday last at Austral Eden, Mr. James Bligh Turnbull, a member of the well-known old-time Euroka family, passed away suddenly aged 83; and his funeral took place Friday to Euroka Methodist cemetery, Mr. Jos. T. Walker conducting, and the Rev. P. O. Davis officiating. Deceased, who for most of his life successfully farmed on this river, is survived by a widow, formerly Miss Gosper, of Molong, seven sons and three daughters. The sons are Messrs. John Thomas, George, Henry and Archie Ray (at home), and James William (Beechwood), Robert (Dungay Creek), Frederick (Bungle), and Ivor Gosper (Kempsey). The daughters are Misses Clara May, and Eliza Jane (at home) and Sarah Jane (Euroka). Miss Martha Turnbull is a sister and Messrs. George and Ralph Turnbull of Euroka, Joseph of Bonville, and Henry of Singleton are brothers of the deceased. When first on the river, Mr. Turnbull drove a team for a few years, then took on road maintenance for the Public Works Department. About 30 years ago he started farming, 20 years on the Upper Macleay and the last 10 years he has resided at Austral Eden, where his end came. In his boyhood days his father traded between the Hawkesbury River and Sydney in a sailing boat carrying maize and he several times accompanied him on the voyage. When he was 18 he went to Orange and worked on a wheat farm for about three years. When the gold rush broke out at Parkes he purchased a team and traded between Parkes and Orange and camped under the rock where the bushrangers stuck up and robbed the Parkes gold escort. He also drew the stone to erect the first Roman Catholic Church in Cudal and the stone for the first flour mill for Mr. Landauer at Molong. His grandfather, John Turnbull arrived in New South Wales in the first batch of settlers from England in the year 1802, and he settled down on a grant on the Hawkesbury River called Ebenezer. The sailing vessel he came out in was called the Coromandel. The Turnbull stock was notedly particularly hardy, and many on this river remember the father of deceased, when he was well over 80 years of age, sustaining a fracture of a thigh through his cart spilling him out at a rut on Euroka road.

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'Turnbull, James Bligh (1847–1930)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 23 May 2024.

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6 April, 1847
Colo, New South Wales, Australia


2 April, 1930 (aged 82)
Kempsey, New South Wales, Australia

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