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Sir George Turner
, 1929

by Bertram Mackennal

marble (sight: 75 cm x 56 cm depth 38 cm)

On loan to the National Portrait Gallery

Sir George Turner (1851–1916), premier and Commonwealth treasurer, was born in Melbourne, and worked with John Edwards’ solicitors’ office from age fifteen. By 1881 he was a practicing attorney in Collins Street. In 1889 Turner was elected to the Victorian Legislative Assembly, and was premier of Victoria from 1894 to 1899, and again from late 1900 to early 1901. From 1901 to 1905 he was Federal Treasurer under Edmund Barton, Alfred Deakin and George Reid. Turner was admired as an insightful and analytical professional, and a lucid speaker. His unpretentious and reserved manner and appealing personality made him popular with the press.

Courtesy of the Gifts Collection, Parliament House Art Collection, Department of Parliamentary Services, Canberra, A.C.T.
Accession number: LOAN2008.22.2