Burial register ID: 15336
First name: ISABELLA
Middle names:
Gender: Female
Age: 84 Years
Cause of death: Unknown
Burial type:
Date of death: 10-Jun-1934
Date of burial: 12-Jun-1934

Block: 79
Plot: 18

Bio contributor: Andrew Calvert

Miss Isabella Turnbull. Isabella was born on 21 November 1850 in Glasgow, the second daughter of Robert Turnbull, Joiner and Carpeter and Ann Hempseed both from West Lothian. The family emigrated to Melbourne in 1856 and in 1862 came to New Zealand where Isabella completed her primary education at public schools. She trained as a teacher in Dunedin, and obtained a D1 certificate, and a certificate for drawing and singing. Miss Turnbull was subsequently appointed head mistress of the Kaikorai school, and promoted in 1885 to position of Head Mistress of the George Street Public School. She became a member of the Otago Educational Institute on taking up her duties at the George Street School.

She was known to walk through the Town Belt from her home at 22 City Road “with hatpins drawn” for personal protection.

Isabella is buried in the Northern Cemetery with her parents, sisters Margaret and Ann and brother Robert. Her older brother William is buried in the Anderson’s Bay Cemetery. She is remembered with affection as Auntie Bell.

Sources:1.The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Otago & Southland Provincial Districts] 1905 [p 166] (NZETC)

2.Turnbull – Calvert family recollections and research compiled by A J Calvert 2009

3.NZ BDM Index

4. IGI Database

5.Dunedin Cemeteries Database

Miss I.Turnbull
Source: Andrew Calvert

George Street Public School
Source: Andrew Calvert

There are 9 Interments in this grave:

Surname First names Age Date of death Date of burial
EVEREST FRANCIS JOHN 4 Years 02-Jul-1920 03-Jul-1920
TURNBULL ANN 65 Years 13-May-1923 15-May-1923
TURNBULL ANN 77 Years 16-Oct-1892 18-Oct-1892
TURNBULL ISABELLA 84 Years 10-Jun-1934 12-Jun-1934
TURNBULL MARGARET 47 Years 11-Nov-1897 13-Nov-1897
TURNBULL MARY ELIZABETH 81 Years 27-May-1939 30-May-1939
TURNBULL MARY ELIZABETH 10 Years 24-Jan-1891 26-Jan-1891
TURNBULL ROBERT 76 Years 01-Aug-1930 02-Aug-1930
TURNBULL ROBERT 82 Years 17-May-1897 19-May-1897