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Ralph Turnbull (1814–1901)

Another Hawkesbury identity has passed away, in the person of Mr Ralph Turnbull, senr, of Wilberforce. The deceased had attained the age of 86 years and 8 months, and was a native of the district. He had been engaged all his life in agricultural pursuits, and was able to do a hard day's work up to within a day or two of his demise. He died on the 14th inst, and was buried at the Church of England Cemetery, Wilberforce, on the 15th, the funeral service being conducted by the Rev W. S. Newton, M.A. The pall bearers were Messrs Joseph Brown Palmer Bushell, E Beecroft, and David Bushell. Prior to his death, the deceased expressed the wish that a very old friend of his, Mr Penton, from Colo, should walk before the hearse, and this wish was respected. The late Mr Turnbull leaves a very large number of descendants, most of whom are settled in this district. The Turnbull family is a highly respected one, and wherever you go you hear it spoken of in terms of praise. The name has been interwoven with the district since the earliest days of settlement, and there are many relatives of the deceased still living here. The family of the deceased were Messrs William (Freeman's Reach), Ralph and John (Wilberforce), Ernest Turnbull (Newcastle), Mrs P. Daley, Mrs Lockhart, and Mrs T. Salter (Wilberforce), and Mrs J. Salter (Tamworth).

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Life Summary [details]


15 October, 1814
Hawkesbury, New South Wales, Australia


14 February, 1901 (aged 86)
Wilberforce, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

Religious Influence

Includes the religion in which subjects were raised, have chosen themselves, attendance at religious schools and/or religious funeral rites; Atheism and Agnosticism have been included.