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John Gemmell Turner

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John Gemmell Turner
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Melbourne South, Australia
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According to his family tree, John was father to 4 children. He married Henrietta Eliza Hansen Turner, and they had children Mary Elsie Turner, Johnny Turner, Elsie Etta May Gemmell (Turner) Croft, and Viola Jean Tannahill (Turner) Cottier. We know that John Gemmell Turner had been residing in Melbourne South, Australia.
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Turner, John Gemmell (known as Johnny), was born in Paisley on 17 Sept 1866 and educated there and at Greenock. Teacher of Mandolin, Banjo and Guitar, Barker Street, Wellington. His father was a wood-turner, and the subject of this sketch learnt that trade, which he still carried on in the daytime, giving musical instruction in the evening. When twelve years of age Johnny came to Melbourne with his parents William and Jane and 7 siblings on the ship Clan Ferguson, arriving in 1881, where a year later he took his first lessons on the violin. Subsequently he learned the mandolin with Signor M. Lopez, of the Spanish students, then in Melbourne. Johnny played over thirty different instruments, the knowledge of which had been acquired mostly without assistance. While in Melbourne in 1892 and 1893, he played with the Spanish Students. He was also a member of the Melbourne Estudiantina Society for some time and played at concerts and entertainments of every description. In 1888 he married, and in 1893, accompanied by Mrs. Turner, moved to Dunedin. Getting a three weeks' engagement at the Exchange Hall, Johnny decided to settle in Wellington, where he resided continuously until his death. In 1894 he secured a season's engagement at the popular concerts then being conducted during the winter months. During his stay in Wellington he appeared at entertainments of different kinds, and had the reputation of being able to take music out of almost anything. Both Mrs. Turner and he belonged to very musical families.
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According to his family tree, John was father to 4 children. He married Henrietta Eliza Hansen Turner, and they had children Mary Elsie Turner, Johnny Turner, Elsie Etta May Gemmell (Turner) Croft, and Viola Jean Tannahill (Turner) Cottier. We know that John Gemmell Turner had been residing in Melbourne South, Australia.
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