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Biographical entry Turnbull, John Wright (1940 - )

16 July 1940
Lancaster, Lancashire, England
Botanical collector, Forester and Research scientist


John Turnbull graduated as a forester from the University of Wales in 1962. He was a forester with the Woods and Forest Department of South Australia before he joined the Forestry and Timber Bureau in 1965. In 1974 he was placed in charge of the Seeds Section of what was later known as the Division of Forest Research, CSIRO. For his doctorate at the Australian National University he studied the genealogy of Eucalyptus cloeziana.


John Turnbull has made extensive seed and botanical collections of tree species, particularly eucalypts. He visited many parts of the world, including Mexico, the Philippines, Timor, Italy, Israel, Tunisia, Malta and Thailand.

Until 1976 he was the Australian representative on the International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) Forest Tree Seed Committee, and leader of the ISTA Working Group on Tropical Tree Seeds. He is a panel member on the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Panel of Experts on Forest Gene Resources.


1962 - 1964
Career position - Forester, Woods and Forests Department, South Australia
1965 - 1973
Career position - Forestry and Timber Bureau
1974 - 1976
Career position - In charge of the Seeds Section in the Forestry and Timber Bureau, later Division of Forest Research, CSIRO
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus urophylla S.T. Blake. Turnbull collected the type

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions


  • Boland, D.J., Brooker, M.I.H. and Turnbull, J.W.; with scanning electron microscopy by Kleinig, D.A., Eucalyptus seed, Division of Forest Research, CSIRO, Canberra, 1980, 191 pp. Details
  • Turnbull, John, and Brooker, Ian, Cape York red gum : Eucalyptus brassiana S.T. Blake, CSIRO, Melbourne, 1978, 3 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Turnbull, J.W. and Pryor, L.D., 'Choice of species and seed sources.', in Hillis, W.E. and Brown, A.G. (eds), Eucalypts for wood production, 1 edn, CSIRO, Melbourne, 1978, p. 434. Details

Edited Books

  • Turnbull, John W. (ed.), Multipurpose Australian trees and shrubs : lesser-known species for fuelwood and agroforestry, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), Canberra, 1986, 316 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Boland, D. J. and Turnbull, J. W., 'Selection of Australian trees other than eucalypts for trials as fuelwood species in developing countries', Australian Forestry, vol. 44, no. 4, 1981, pp. 235-246. Details


  • Turnbull, John Wright, 'Geographic variation in Eucalyptus cloeziana F. Muell.', PhD thesis, Australian National University, 1979, 465 pp. Details

Online Resources

  • Doran, John C. and Turnbull, John W., Australian trees and shrubs: species for land rehabilitation and farm planting in the tropics, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), Canberra, ACT, 1997, 384 pp, Details
  • 'Turnbull, John (19400716-)', Trove, National Library of Australia, 2009, Details
  • Turnbull, J.W. (ed.), Eucalypts in Asia: proceedings of an international conference held in Zhanjiang, Guangdong, People's Republic of China, 7-11 April 2003, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), Canberra, ACT, 7-11 April 2003, 267 pp, Details

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