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Object: Portrait of Charles McLaren Turnbull and Evelyn Hilda Turnbull

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Title Portrait of Charles McLaren Turnbull and Evelyn Hilda Turnbull
Production Berry, William (photography studio), 1918, Wellington
Materials photographic gelatin, sheet glass, silver, photographic plates
Classification studio portraits, portraits, black-and-white negatives, gelatin dry plate negatives
Format half plate (1/2)
Credit line Purchased 1998 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds
Registration number B.045860

Portrait of Private Charles McLaren Turnbull, service number 75655, New Zealand Medical Corps, and his wife Evelyn Hilda Turnbull.

The soldier in this portrait is Private Charles McLaren Turnbull, service number 75655 of the New Zealand Medical Corps.  The fashionably dressed young woman is his wife Evelyn Hilda Turnbull.

Charles was working as Company Secretary for Turnbull, Hickson & Gooder Ltd., a Wellington form of printers and stationers.  He and Evelyn Tipling  had married in Wellington on 28 November 1917,  after he had enlisted for military service on 19 October.  

On his attestation form, Charles had expressed a preference to serve with the 'Ambulance'.  He entered camp on 3 April 1918 and after one week's training with the 40th Reinforcements was transferred to Awapuni Camp near Palmerston North for specialised training with the Medical Corps.  On 4 May he was assigned to the Hospital Ship 'Marama' to serve as a medical orderly.  He made two voyages on 'Marama' to the war zone, the first departing from Wellington on 1 June and returning on 21 September.  His second embarkation was on 19 October, returning to New Zealand on 27 January 1919. He was discharged from the NZEF at Wellington on 18 February 1919.

Charles and Evelyn continued to live in their Oriental Bay home in the post-war years.  They were both well-known players with the Roseneath Tennis Club, and in the 1920s Charles was also active in the Roseneath and Oriental Bay Electors' Association, which was agititating for better road access to that hilly and prosperous suburb.

Charles and Evelyn both died at the age of 71 in Wellington in 1960,  Evelyn on 18 September and Charles on 3 December.



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