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Death of Mr Turnbull, M.H.R.

Wellington, July 17. Mr Turnbnll, M.H.R. for Timaru; died at five o'clock this evening. He was sixty-four years of age. He had. been very ill for the last nine months with Bright's disease.

The sad news contained m the telegram which we print above will be received with unfeigned regret wherever Mr Turnbull, was known. His unfailing goodness of heart made him widely beloved m South Canterbury, where hia lot was cast for so many years, but none could come into contact with him m any way without being impressed with his kindliness of disposition. He was a native qf Oxford, England, where he was born m 1826. He came out to the Colony m 1851, m the ship Fatima, and took up land under the Canterbury Association. He was.engaged m farming for over eleven years near Christchurch, and during part of that time he represented the Seadown district m the Provincial Council. He removed to Timaru m 1864, and went into business there as a draper, m partnership with the late Mr David Clarkson, and afterwards as an auctioneer and commission agent. He represented Timaru m the Provincial Council, andassistedDrßayner to obtain the provincial vote of £100,000 for the harbour works, which the General Assembly ratified on the abolition of the Provinces; arid was 'afterwards elected to the House of Representatives m 1878 as member for Timaru m place of Sir Edward Stafford. He has represented the constituency ever since. He belongs to the present Opposition m politics, and took great interest m land questions and social subjects. There are five sons and several daughters: Thomas, now m Nelson; Arthur, Secretary of the Farmers' Co - operative Association, Christchurch; David, managing the Timaru business m his father's absence ; and a younger son, a lad, at home, Of the daughters only one is married, Mrs Mullins, wife of a former clerk to Mr C. W. Turner, who is now m England. In Timaru the late Mr Turnbull was greatly respected by all classes of the community, and his open-handed charity will be gratefully remembered by large numbers whom he assisted. For years he was a regular visitor to the- Timaru Hospital on Sunday afternoons, coriducting divme service m the men's wards, and providing all who were m need with whatever necessaries or comforts they required. Among the. poor people of the town he also extended his charity, and spared no trouble or expense m relieving cases of distress. The esteem m TjHiich he was held m Parliament was' feelingly given expression to by his brother members when the sad news became known yesterday, and the House of Representative's at once adjourned as a mark of respect to hi s memory. " ' _ Wellington, July 18 The Hiriemoa will convey the ibody of Mr Turnbull to Timaru, where the funeral will take, place. , ,

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Death of Mr Turnbull, M.H.R., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2468, 18 July 1890

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Death of Mr Turnbull, M.H.R. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2468, 18 July 1890

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