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OBITUARY., Issue 8006, 7 September 1889
Another name has again to be struck out of the list of the remaining old pioneets of Otago, or, as the Rev. Dr Burns was wont to call them, "the harbingers of a new community." A few short years more and not one of the first settlers will be left alive to tell their tales of hardships and enjoyments. But time rolls on, and the end comes round to all. The Bettlers who arrived by the first two shipa-the Wickcliffe and the Philip Laing (that is to say the statutory adults who by these vessels arnved, and on whose shoulders the burden and heat of the battle rested)—may now be almost reckoned on one s digits. Fortunately the whole crowd is not compressed into such a small compass, as many of the young "souls" aboard have now grown to man and womanhood, and worthily fill the places of their forebears. The subject of this short memoir arrived by the Philip Laing, having, with a great amount of consideration, decided to come out alone first, and make some preparation for the reception of his wife to be, who followed him a few months later in the ship filundell. Mr Turnbull was a native of Roxburgh or Selkirk, and was accustomed in early youth to farming pursuits. A large amount of his time, however, he spent in Edinburgh acquiring information en various subject*, so that when he arrived in the settlement he was fitted for anything. His firßt engagement was with " the minister," and, by the way, Mr Turnbull had under his charge on board the ship the minister's bull, and "Winton had the care o'the coo"; but soon afterwards he transferred his services to Dr Stewart, the physician of the Philip Laing, and with his wife attended to the bachelor doctor's requirement*. The dwelling was a wattle and daub hut in Stafford street, above the Provincial Hotel. Endued, however, with an smbitious spinr, Mr Turnbull resolved to become a "laird," and bought land at North Taieri, to which he added very considerably during the happy reign of 10s anacie, with improvement clause, the result being that he leaves behind him to some fortunate successor a large area of unencumbered land, which, if realised, would show a handsome estate. Mr Tornbuil did not aspire to politics. In local matters he had a considerable say, particularly road boards, and in the remembrance of many gome of the sharp points he tried to carry out are well known. On the whole he has proved himself a good settler, a liberal worker, a landlord who knew that he had his duties to perform as well as his rights to claim; and more than one in the Tiieri will regret the decease of George Turnbull, from whom many farors had been received, and to whom, at any time, no appeal for assistance (when merited) was made in vain. Mr Turnbull leaves behind him no family, but his widow sorrowfully regrets the loss of the husband of her youth, with whom many years of felicity were spent, and she has the assurance of the sympathy of the general community in her sad bereavement. J. M'l.
OBITUARY., Issue 8006, 7 September 1889
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