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Robert Thorburn Turnbull

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Robert Thorburn Turnbull (1865-1923)


1923 Obituary [1]

ROBERT THORBURN TURNBULL was born in Wellington, New Zealand, in 1865 and was educated at Wellington College, Berkshire, England, and at Crystal Palace Engineering School.

He became a pupil with Messrs. Woodhouse and Rawson in 1883 and commenced business as a partner in Thompson, Ritchie & Co.

In 1891 he went out to Wellington, New Zealand, for the Gulcher Electric Light Co. and was in charge of the station plant for about 12 months.

The firm of Turnbull and Jones, Ltd., electrical engineers and contractors, was formed in 1899, and he was connected with the firm until his death, which occurred as the result of a motor accident on the 12th July, 1923.

He was elected a Member of the Institution in 1898.


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