Thomas Turnbull

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Thomas Turnbull
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Born(1842-08-23)23 August 1842
Died23 February 1907(1907-02-23) (aged 64)
Wellington, New Zealand
PracticeThomas Turnbull & Son
Buildings St John's Church, New Zealand Parliamentary Library and Old Bank Arcade

Thomas Turnbull (18241907) was a notable New Zealand architect.

He was born in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland in 1824. [1] He was the first president of the Wellington Association of Architects, and a member of the Wellington City Council in 1891. [1] He designed the Old Bank Arcade [2] , St John's Church in Willis Street, and St Patrick’s Catholic Church, Masterton. [3] His 3-storey design for the General Assembly Library was not completed because of rising costs, and it was finished with only two floors by John Campbell in 1899. [4]

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His youngest son, William Turnbull, joined his practice in 1891. [1]

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William Turnbull was an architect based in Wellington, New Zealand. He was the fourth and youngest son of architect Thomas Turnbull. He joined his father's practice in 1882 and became a partner in 1891. He was born in San Francisco where his father was working at the time. He moved to New Zealand with his family in 1871. In his younger years, he played rugby union at Poneke Football Club in Kilbirnie.

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  2. "Bank of New Zealand Building (No.1)". Register of Historic Places. Heritage New Zealand . Retrieved 21 December 2009.
  3. "St John's Church". Register of Historic Places. Heritage New Zealand . Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  4. "Parliamentary Library". Wellington City Council. 29 November 2017. Retrieved 16 June 2019.