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Evan Graham Turbott



  • Title
  • Forenames
    Evan Graham AWMM
  • Surname
    Turbott AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Graham AWMM
  • Service number
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    27 May 1914 Researchgate Obituary Stanley BayAuckland Researchgate Obituary
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  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status
    Married/WWII AWMM
    Olwyn Mary Rutherford AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 1943 Researchgate Obituary LintonManawatu-Wanganui Researchgate Obituary
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  • Age on enlistment


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Medical history

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Graham Turbott QSO was recently recognised with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his services to the Museum. (AWMM, Media Release,2014)

    Graham served 35 years at Auckland Museum, 15 years as Director, a position he held until retirement in 1979. (AWMM, Media Release,2014).

    In 1937, Graham began his long museum career with an appointment as Assistant Zoologist (later Ornithologist/Entomologist) at Auckland Museum, succeeding Robert Falla as the museum’s expert on birds. He married Olwyn Rutherford, who was the museum’s assistant ethnologist, in 1940. In their life-time together the Turbotts
    shared wide-ranging interests in nature, art and ethnology. In 1943 Graham volunteered for the R.N.Z.A.F and after early training at Linton Camp was posted
    to the meteorological section. He was released from air force duties in December 1943 to spend a year on the Cape Expedition to the subantarctic Auckland Islands, which involved military coast-watching duties. Notornis, Ornithological Society of New Zealand, Obituary.

    Turbott wrote 'Year Away: Wartime Coastwatching on the Auckland Islands, 1944' on his experiences coastwatching during the Second World War. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    12 December 2014 NZ Herald Obituary
    Age 100 AWMM
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