Robert Turnbull (Australian politician)

Robert Turnbull (c.1819 – 21 November 1872) was a politician in colonial Victoria (Australia), and a member of the Victorian Legislative Council.[1]

Turnbull was born in East Lothian, Scotland, and moved to the Port Phillip District in 1840[1] via Van Diemens Land having arrived there in 1839 in the ship Charlotte.[2]

In September 1851 Turnbull was elected unopposed[3] as member for Wimmera in the first (unicameral) Victorian Legislative Council.[4] He was sworn-in November 1851 and held the seat until resigning in May 1853.[1]

Turnbull was again elected to the Victorian Legislative Council as member for Eastern Province in a by-election in January 1864, a seat he held until his death in St Kilda, Victoria.[1]


  1. 1 2 3 4 "Turnbull, Robert". re-member: a database of all Victorian MPs since 1851. Parliament of Victoria.
  2. "Death of the Hon. Robert Turnbull". The North Eastern Ensign. Benalla, Vic. 26 November 1872.
  3. "Gipps' Land Election". Geelong Advertiser. National Library of Australia. 17 September 1851. p. 2. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  4. Labilliere, Francis Peter. Early History of the Colony of Victoria. II.
Victorian Legislative Council
New creation Member for Gipps' Land
Nov 1851 – May 1853
Succeeded by
George Ward Cole
Preceded by
Robert Thompson
Member for Eastern Province
Dec 1863 – Nov 1872
With: Matthew Hervey 1863–65
William Haines 1865–66
Robert Anderson 1866–72
James Pinnock 1863–64
Henry Murphy 1864–72
William Highett 1863–72
Benjamin Williams 1863–72
Succeeded by
Francis Murphy
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