Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Turnbull
Designation: Architect
Born: 1868
Died: 1941
Bio Notes: William Turnbull was born in 1868, the son of Glasgow-born architect Thomas Turnbull who had emigrated to Australia and moved to San Francisco, California by the time of his son's birth. Three years after his birth the family moved again to Wellington, New Zealand, where his father had settled following a long sea voyage undertaken on his physician's advice after he had suffered from stress-related health problems in the USA. The father had secured a government post as assistant to ____ Clayton, the colonial architect, but commenced practice on his own account in 1872 and was hugely successful in winning competitions for public buildings and obtaining commissions for hotels, office buildings, warehouses and factories. Most of these were in an accomplished free Renaissance manner with superimposed orders reflecting American rather than Scottish practice; his Gothic churches and lesser buildings in New Zealand were usually built of timber.

William was articled to his father in 1882 and worked as assistant to Gordon of Melbourne in 1890 and 1891 before being taken into partnership by his father in the latter year. He was admitted FRIBA on 8 January 1906, proposed by his father, Frederick de Jersey Clere and J Campbell. Thomas Turnbull died on 23 February 1907; William in 1941.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Wellington, New ZealandBusiness   

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2Thomas Turnbull18821890Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Thomas Turnbull & Son1891 Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John Campbell8 January 1906for Fellowship
Item 2 of 3Frederick de Jersey Clere8 January 1906for Fellowship
Item 3 of 3Thomas Turnbull8 January 1906for Fellowship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John Anderson20 July 1911for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3William Meek Page24 June 1912for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3George Alexander Troup3 December 1906for Fellowship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914