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William TURNER

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  • Name William TURNER 
    Born 3 Jan 1855 Adelaide, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Certificate 3 Jan 1855 Adelaide, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Turner William 1855 Birth Cert
    Document 3 Jan 1855 Adelaide, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3]  – Bible Marriages and Deaths
    turner_joshua/Turner Joshua Bible  doc1.jpg
    Turner Joshua Bible  doc2.jpg
    Christened 24 Sep 1855 St James Church, Blakiston, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Gender Male 
    Photos Abt 1870 Adelaide, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Turner William 1870c b 1855
    Certificate 20 Jun 1877 St John's Church, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [6]  – Marriage
    Turner William 1877 Marriage Cert
    Document 7 Jul 1877 Portland Estate, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7
    Turner William 1877 Marriage doc
    Photos 1899 Adelaide, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Turner William 1899 b 1855
    Photos 1899 Adelaide, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • William and Georgina with their children in 1899
      Glogian St. Petersburg
      Hammer & Co Paris Panel Art Studio 6 Rundle St. Adelaide
      Back Row: Ernest (18), Lily (16), William John (21)
      Seated: Edwin (14), William Senior (44), Georgiana (44)
      Front row: Violet (8), Olive (2) Herbert (10)
    Turner William 1899 Children
    Document 26 Jul 1906 Adelaide, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [8]  – Autographs
    • Autographs
      William Turner, July 26 (19)07
      Georgina Turner,July 26 1907
      Oliver Turner, July 26th 1907
      Herbert Turner, July 26 1907
      Edwin Turner, Dawson 1907
      Violet Turner, "Wydeville" July 1907
    Turner Violet 1907 Autographs doc
    Cemetery Dec 1910 Petersborough Cemetery, Petersborough , South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Turner William Grave Nancy
    Turner William Grave Nancy2
    Died 29 Dec 1910 Petersborough, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [9, 10
    Document 31 Dec 1910 Port Adelaide, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Turner William 1910 Death doc
    Newspaper 31 Dec 1910 Petersborough, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [11]  – Death
    • TURNER.-On the 23th December at Petersburg,   William, dearly beloved husband of G.     Turner, late of Port Adelaide, aged 55. A patient   sufferer for 16 years. Gone to rest.
    Turner William 1910 Death article5227857-5-003
    Buried Est 31 Dec 1910 Petersborough Cemetery, Petersborough , South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Document 6 Jan 1911 Port Adelaide, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Turner William 1911 Death doc
    Person ID I219 Turner | Turner William
    Last Modified 7 Aug 2014 

    Father Joshua TURNER,   b. 12 Jun 1812, Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jan 1870, Port Adelaide, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years) 
    Mother Nancy MELLOR,   b. 23 May 1813, Halifax, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Dec 1894, Tea Tree Gully, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 17 Apr 1835 Elland, St Mary, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [12, 13
    Family ID F67 Group Sheet,  Family chart

    Family Georgina PENNINGTON,   b. 13 Aug 1855, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jun 1938, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 20 Jun 1877 St John's Church, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 14, 15
    Children 
     1. William John "Will" TURNER,   b. 5 Jul 1878, Portland Estate, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Apr 1961, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     2. Ernest "Ern" TURNER,   b. 16 Jan 1881, Portland Estate, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jun 1965, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     3. Lily Georgina TURNER,   b. 6 Aug 1883, Portland Estate, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Mar 1960, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     4. Edwin Robert "Ted" TURNER,   b. 24 Aug 1885, Portland Estate, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jul 1970, Mitchum, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     5. Herbert James TURNER,   b. 28 Jul 1889, Careys Gully, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Nov 1966, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     6. Violet Elizabeth TURNER,   b. 19 Jun 1891, Glanville, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jul 1974, Leabrook, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     7. Olive Helen TURNER,   b. 28 Mar 1897, Stepney, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Nov 1984, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     8. Horace TURNER,   b. 3 Aug 1900, Prospect, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Aug 1900, Prospect North, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    Last Modified 19 Jul 2014 
    Family ID F355 Group Sheet,  Family chart

  • Photos
    Turner William 1899 hd
    Turner William 1
  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 3 Jan 1855 - Adelaide, South Australia, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCertificate - 3 Jan 1855 - Adelaide, South Australia, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDocument - Bible Marriages and Deaths - 3 Jan 1855 - Adelaide, South Australia, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 24 Sep 1855 - St James Church, Blakiston, South Australia, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPhotos - Abt 1870 - Adelaide, South Australia, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCertificate - Marriage - 20 Jun 1877 - St John's Church, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 20 Jun 1877 - St John's Church, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDocument - 7 Jul 1877 - Portland Estate, South Australia, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPhotos - 1899 - Adelaide, South Australia, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPhotos - 1899 - Adelaide, South Australia, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDocument - Autographs - 26 Jul 1906 - Adelaide, South Australia, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCemetery - Dec 1910 - Petersborough Cemetery, Petersborough , South Australia, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 29 Dec 1910 - Petersborough, South Australia, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDocument - 31 Dec 1910 - Port Adelaide, South Australia, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsNewspaper - Death - 31 Dec 1910 - Petersborough, South Australia, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Est 31 Dec 1910 - Petersborough Cemetery, Petersborough , South Australia, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDocument - 6 Jan 1911 - Port Adelaide, South Australia, Australia Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • From Violet Turner 1967. Page 6
      There is only one member of the family of Joshua and Nancy Turner still to be considered. That is William born at Balhannah on January 1855. He worked with his brother John in the greengrocer shop in Port Adelaide until he fell in love with a pretty girl and decided to take a business for himself. The girl was Georgina Pennington. my mother. Her history will be told in the second part of our records. By this time, Benjamin and Isabel were living in a house at the back of what is now the Electricity Trust building in Rundle Street, and from that house, long ago demolished., William and Georgina set out for their marriage in St. Johns Church. Halifax Street. The bride wore a gown of grey silk and a grey straw bonnet. There woro no buildings between Hindmarsh Square and Halifax Street. so they walked across the paddocks,, shaded by gum trees. The date was 20th June 1877 and they were 22 years old. There was no honeymoon. They went back to Port Adelaide and started to work.

      Their home was a tiny cottage behind a tiny shop joined on to the Paris Hotel, near the present Port Adelaide railway station. The mark is still on the side of the hotelt showing the size and shape of their home. Willts whole possession amounted to a horse and cart and five pounds which he spent in vegetables to stock his shop. There was no furniture beyond a bed. Georgina covered packing cases with chintz to make tables and chairs and make rag mats for the floors. Following the old pattern of his childhood, William drove three nights every week up that unlighted dirt road to Adelaide for his vegetables, arriving home about five in the morning. His wife was waiting for him. They stocked the shelves with vegetables for Georgina to sell in the shop and Will drove off with the rest. His brother John had the business of the ships. but Will drove all over Port Adelaidep Birkenhead. Semaphore. Glanville, selling his goods. He was the only greengrocer in all that district. Thus, three times a week, Will Turner worked all night and all the next day without sleep or rest. When he had finished his rounds., he went back to the shop and he and Georgina continued to serve untii eleven before they could spare time to rest. There was no Early Closing Act in those days. And the money rolled in.

      In a few years Will bought the Paris Hotel to which their cottage was attached. He never lived in it, but drew a good rental from it. By this time, there were three children, and it was necessary to have bigger accomodation. Will had a large two-storey house built next door, with the whole of the front taken up as a shop in which grocery and drapery were sold. The cottage now became a store-room for the new premises. Another baby came.

      Will and Georgina at last the call of the land, and decided to an orchard in the hills. They left their house and shop, which was later to be demolished to make room for the new Port Adelaide railway station.

      Page 7
      So when you go by rail to the beach and stop at Port Adelaide, you are over the exact spot where Will and Georgina and their first four children lived.

      Land was bought and a house built on it at Carey's Gully. While waiting for completion of the house, they lived for a while at Uraidla and then at Summertown, next to the Methodist Church. There, and later at Carey's Gully, where they were opposite the Forest Range Methodist Church, they had their first contact with Methodism, in which church their family grew up. In her girlhood, Georgina had been a staunch member of St. Pauls Church of England where she had been christened and confirinied, and until her marriage she never entered another place of worship. She then accompanied her husband to the big Congregational Church at Port Adelaide. But when they moved to Carey's Gully where there was no Congregational Church, they went across the road and became Methodists.

      They loved their new home. Will planted fruit trees and grew vegetables, Georgina delighted in her flower garden. They found the outdoor life healthy after the gruelling days at the Port. Another child was born. But after a time. the loneliness and the dismal winter fogs oppressed them, and they left their beautiful country life and returned to the Port Adelaide district. They regretted it always. They took a small shop in Glanville while looking for something better. There, another child was born, and soon afterwards, the "something better", turned up. It was twenty acres of land off the Port Road at Woodville. with a large house right in the middle of it and a gardener's cottage facing the road. To get to the house, one drove down an avenue bordered by fancy trees. The avenue was diagonal to the Port Road. It is now a long street turning in from the road without the gate that once had made it a private drive-way.

      The house had marble fireplaces, and bell-pulls and a wide front hall. It had been built as a gentleman's residence. There William and Georgina and their six children spent five or six happy years, until disaster struck through sickness. William had ruined his health with so much hard work and lack of sleep, and was not to be allowed the retirement he expected. Asthma and chronic bronchitis set in, the Doctor ordered a change of air, and the lovely Woodville home had to be abandoned. A few years later it was sold and the man who bought it made a fortune by cutting it up into streets and building blocks bordered on the Port Road between Ledger Road and Koolunda Avenue, the latter being all that  is left of the of the quiet of the quiet tree-lined avenue that once led to the old house, with a gate at its entrance, The boundary at the back has merged into Woodville South sub-division so that it is difficult now to define it.

      Page 8

      The old gardener's cottage that stood adjacent to Port Road has been replaced by modern homes. and the residence that had stood proudly in the middle, with its coach-house., stables, and sheds, has entirely disappeared.

      There was one move after another in search of a healthy spot., and at last the family went to Petersburg which had been advised for its dryer air. By that time there was a seventh child. William could not be content without another shop, but it did not last long, and he had to remain an invalid 1until he died in 1910. The death notice in the paper contained the words "A patient sufferer at Rest". He was indeed patient, a very kind father and husband. His children can say that they never knew him to tell a lie or do a dishonourable action. His widow stayed in Petersburg until 1914, and then went to Prospect where she lived until her death in 1938, at the age of 82½. She was buried in Dudley Park.

      We say of her, too. that she was the soul of truth and honour, our beloved mother who taught us from childhood to love Christ and His Word. Her earlier history will come into Part II.

      Page 13
      William and Georgina had eight children. Horace died at the age of two days. The others were William John (born July 5th 1878); Ernest (16th January 1881); Lily Georgina (6th August 1883); Edwin Robert (24th August 1885), all born at Port Adelaide; Herbert James (28th July 1889 at Carey's Gully); Violet Elizabeth (19th June 1891 at Glanville), and Olive Helen (28th March 1897 at Stepney).

  • Sources 
    1. [S64] South Australian Births 1842-1906, (c) SAGHS, (1855)/b5p98 (Reliability: 4).
      Surname: TURNER
      Given Names: William
      Date: 1855-01-03
      Sex: M
      Father: Joshua TURNER
      Mother: Nancy COOPER
      Birth Place/Residence: (not recorded)
      District Code: Ade
      Symbol: X
      Book: 5
      Page: 98
      Cross Reference: See also: COOPER William

      Note: COOPER is the occupation of the father!

    2. [S257] Turner, William. 1855 Birth Certificate.

    3. [S249] Turner, Joshua. Bible Births and Marriages.

    4. [S166] Turner, Jenny (Sax), email 2 June 2002 (Reliability: 3).
      No. 392

    5. [S214] Jackson, Heather Bruce.

    6. [S258] Turner, William. Pennington, Georgina 1877 Marriage Certificate SA.

    7. [S166] Turner, Jenny (Sax).

    8. [S256] Bruce, Elva (Pomery).

    9. [S109] South Australian Deaths Index 1842 - 1915, Book: 354 Page: 158 (Reliability: 3), 22 May 2002.
      Surname: TURNER
      Given Names: William
      Date: 1910-12-29
      Sex: M Age: 55y Status: M
      Relative: William John TURNER (S)
      Relative 2:
      Residence: Petersburg Death Place: Petersburg District Code: Fro
      Book: 354 Page: 158

    10. [S332] Australia Death Index, 1787-1985, (ancestry.com), Name: William Turner
      Death Date: 29 Dec 1910
      Death Place: Petersburg
      Age: 55
      Father's Name: William John Turner
      Residence Place: Petersburg
      Registration Place: Frome, South Australia
      Page Number: 158
      Volume Number: 354
      Estimated birth year: abt 1 (Reliability: 3).

    11. [S206] The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889-1931), Article identifier     http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5227857 Page identifier     http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page955878 APA citation     Family Notices. (1910, December 31). The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889-1931), p. 10 (Reliability: 3).

    12. [S49] International Genealogical Index, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (http://www.familysearch.org/eng/search/igi/search_igi.asp), M009304 (Reliability: 3).
      Joshua TURNER  Sex:  M 
      Marriage(s):  Spouse:  Nancy MELLOR 
      Marriage:  17 Apr 1835    Elland, Yorkshire, England 
      Source Information:
        Batch number:  Dates  Source Call No.  Type  Printout Call No.  Type 
      M009304   1813-1837  0990608, 0990609   Film  6909726   Film

    13. [S374] West Yorkshire, England, Marriages and Banns, 1813-1935.

    14. [S25] South Australian Marriages 1842 - 1916, Ade 111 1023 (Reliability: 3), 21 Dec 2001.

    15. [S338] Australia Marriage Index, 1788-1950, Page Number: 1023
      Volume Number: 111 (Reliability: 3).
      Name:Georgina Pennington
      Father's Name:John Davidson Pennington
      Spouse Name:William Turner
      Spouse's Father's Name:Joshua Turner
      Marriage Date:20 Jun 1877
      Marriage Place:Adelaide
      Registration Place:Adelaide, South Australia


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