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Turnbull, Ernest (229)

Place of Birth: Port Melbourne, VIC

Age: 22 years 7 months

Enlistment Details: Tuesday, 18 August 1914 – Melbourne, VIC

Service Number: 229            view online service record

97 Princes Street
Port Melbourne, VIC

Next of Kin:
M A Turnbull
97 Princes Street
Port Melbourne, VIC

Embarkation Details:
Date: Monday, 19 October 1914
Ship: HMAT Wiltshire A18
Port: Melbourne, VIC
Unit: 2nd Field Ambulance

RTA: Saturday, 10 June 1916
Discharged: Thursday, 17 August 1916

Brother: David Turnbull

1916 ‘ELECTRIC SPARKS’, Port Melbourne Standard (Vic. : 1914 – 1920), 22 July, p. 3. , viewed 29 Jun 2016,

E Turnbull was listed on the Swimming Club Roll of Honour, 25 November 1916.

1916 ‘ROLL OF HONOR.’, Port Melbourne Standard (Vic. : 1914 – 1920), 25 November, p. 2. , viewed 04 Nov 2016,


  • Brian Membrey
    Posted October 31, 2016 8.54 am 0Likes

    1919 SWALLOW & ARIEL’S SOLDIER DRIVERS Welcome Home Port Melbourne Standard (Vic. : 1914 – 1920) 5 July 1919 p 4 Ernest Turnbull noted as responding to toast

  • Brian Membrey
    Posted November 22, 2017 4.12 pm 0Likes

    Ernest Turnbull after his return worked briefly for the Repatriation Department and became actively involved in the Returned Sailors’ and Soldiers’ Imperial League of Australia, serving as Victorian president from 1921 to 1924 and again from 1926 to 1928; later acting federal preident. In 1929 he represented Australia at the British Empire Service League Convention in London and was made a Life Member of the R.S.S.I.L.A. in 1937 when he was involved with the Legacy movement.

    Turnbull became involved with the film industry in 1923 when appointed assistant publicity officer to the Government Cineman and Photographic Branch; after working in several key positions within the industry and running his own film distributorship, he became managing director of Hoyts Theatre in December, 1941 and some ten years later acted as Chairman of Fox Film Corporation (Australasia) who held the controlling interest to Hoyts.

    After a brief retirement in 1963, Turnbull returned in 1966 as chairman of Hoyts Theatres Ltd and Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation (Aust) Ltd. He was appointed a C.B.E. in 1960. He died on 24 July 1974 at Rose Bay, Sydney.

    Australian Dictionary of Biography :

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