Turnbull, Alexander Horsburgh (1868 -1918)

Alexander Turnbull was born in Wellington, New Zealand, to Scottish merchant Walter Turnbull, and his wife Alexandrina Horsburg. He was educated locally, but after moving with his parents to London, England in 1881, he attended Dulwich College 1882-1884. He returned permanently to New Zealand in 1892. A book collector from an early age, his particular interests were New Zealand, Pacific exploration, Scottish history, English literature, John Ruskin, and in particular, John Milton. On his death his collection contained approximately 55,000 books, as well as manuscripts, photographs, paintings and sketches, were kept in his house on Bowen Street opposite Parliament Buildings, but are now in the National Library. He also collected Maori artefacts and coins which in 1913 he donated to the Dominion Museum. Renowned as a dandy, Turnbull never married.

Stamp(s) Stamp Information
Turnbull, Alexander Horsburgh (1868 - 1918) (Stamp 1) Helmet: Esquire
Arms: Goutty three bulls heads erased transfixed by a sword in pale a crescent for difference
Heraldic Charges: bulls heads (3), Heraldic Charges: goutty, Heraldic Charges: sword
Turnbull, Alexander Horsburgh (1868 - 1918) (Stamp 2) Arms: Goutty three bulls heads erased transfixed by a sword in pale a crescent for difference
Heraldic Charges: bulls heads (3), Heraldic Charges: goutty, Heraldic Charges: sword
Turnbull, Alexander Horsburgh (1868 - 1918) (Stamp 3) Helmet: Esquire
Arms: Goutty three bulls heads erased transfixed by a sword in pale a crescent for difference
Heraldic Charges: bulls heads (3), Heraldic Charges: goutty, Heraldic Charges: sword
Turnbull, Alexander Horsburgh (1868 - 1918) (Stamp 4) Motto: Fortuna favet audaci
Helmet: Esquire
Crest: A bull’s head erased charged with 4 annulets conjoined
Arms: Goutty three bulls heads erased transfixed by a sword in pale a crescent for difference
Heraldic Charges: annulets (4), Heraldic Charges: bull's head, Heraldic Charges: bulls heads (3), Heraldic Charges: goutty, Heraldic Charges: sword
Turnbull, Alexander Horsburgh (1868 - 1918) (Stamp 5) Motto: Fortuna favet audaci
Helmet: Esquire
Crest: A bull’s head erased charged with 4 annulets conjoined
Arms: Goutty three bulls heads erased transfixed by a sword in pale
Heraldic Charges: annulets (4), Heraldic Charges: bull's head, Heraldic Charges: bulls heads (3), Heraldic Charges: goutty, Heraldic Charges: sword
Arms: Goutty three bulls heads erased transfixed by a sword in pale a crescent for difference
Heraldic Charges: bulls heads (3), Heraldic Charges: goutty, Heraldic Charges: sword
Turnbull, Alexander Horsburgh (1868 - 1918) (Stamp 7) Arms: Goutty three bulls heads erased transfixed by a sword in pale a crescent for difference
Heraldic Charges: bulls heads (3), Heraldic Charges: goutty, Heraldic Charges: sword
Turnbull, Alexander Horsburgh (1868 - 1918) (Stamp 8) Helmet: Esquire
Arms: Goutty three bulls heads erased transfixed by a sword in pale a crescent for difference
Heraldic Charges: bulls heads (3), Heraldic Charges: goutty, Heraldic Charges: sword
Turnbull, Alexander Horsburgh (1868 - 1918) (Stamp 9) Motto: Fortuna favet audaci
Helmet: Esquire
Crest: A bull’s head erased charged with 4 annulets conjoined
Arms: Goutty three bulls heads erased transfixed by a sword in pale a crescent for difference
Heraldic Charges: annulets (4), Heraldic Charges: bull's head, Heraldic Charges: bulls heads (3), Heraldic Charges: goutty, Heraldic Charges: sword
Turnbull, Alexander Horsburgh (1868 - 1918) (Stamp 10) Monogram: A H T