Annie Turnbull - convicted abortionist
Very few details about the life or personality of Annie Turnbull have survived in the State archives. She must have reached a certain notoriety in Newcastle and Sydney and have been well known to the Police. She stood trial several times for abortion related crimes and seems to have been under investigation by Police almost constantly.
Annie Belinda Bain was born sometime between 1863 and 1866 in the Newcastle district. Her parents were William and Ann (nee Bull). She married Walter Henry Bright at Wallsend, Newcastle in 1885. This first marriage was short and marred by tragedy. Annie had a daughter Florence in 1887 and in the following year twin boys, Keneth and Sydney. All three children died in 1888. The twins were not registered at birth so they can't have been very old when they died.
No record could be found of a divorce or death of Walter but in 1891 Annie married William Turnbull, a widower, in Hamilton, Newcastle. It is likely that the children mentioned in various court papers and Police reports were from William's first marriage. Annie died in 1928 at the Coast Hospital, aged in her early sixties.
Records relating to Annie Turnbull
Dorothy Daulby - an abortion related death
State archives consulted
The table below is a list of records that have been consulted in the creation of this webpage. Copies of some of the records can be found in the images above but many of the references can be used for further research.
|NRS 10958* [1/3230]||Reel 3141||Annie Turnbull||1 April 1895||Murder, Maitland Circuit Court||Acquitted|
|NRS 880 [9/6909]||Not copied||Annie Turnbull||1895||Supreme Court, Case #2||-|
|NRS 10958 [1/3234]||Reel 3143||Annie Turnbull||6 April 1899||Unlawfully using an instrument, Maitland Circuit Court||Guilty, sentence of seven years. Accused is identical with AT 1895|
|NRS 2322 [5/778]||Reel 2375||Annie Turnbull||5 April - 9 June 1899||Maitland Gaol, Entrance Book||Entry #234|
|NRS 880 [9/6975]||Not copied||Annie Turnbull||1899||Supreme Court, Case #8||Guilty, seven year sentence|
|NRS 2327 [3/5987]||Not copied||Annie Turnbull||1899||Maitland Gaol, Photograph description book||Photo # 478|
|NRS 10958 [1/3234]||Reel 3143||Annie Turnbull||9 June 1899||Unlawfully using an instrument, CCC Sydney||Seven years to be served concurrently with above sentence|
|NRS 2137 [5/1950]||Reel 2358||Annie Turnbull||25 May - 26 June 1899||Darlinghurst Gaol, Entrance Book||Entry #2389|
|NRS 1996 [19/9826]||Not copied||Annie Turnbull||26 June 1899 - 1 June 1903||Bathurst Gaol, Entrance Book||Entry #205|
|NRS 10958 [1/3238]||Reel 3595||Annie Turnbull||1 June 1903||Discharged on license from Bathurst Gaol||-|
|NRS 10958 [1/3241]||Reel 3596||Annie Belinda Turnbull||24 Oct 1906||Unlawfully using an instrument, Newcastle QS||Acquitted. Accused is indentical with discharged prisoner 1903|
|NRS 2322 [5/780]||Not copied||Annie Belinda Turnbull||24 Nov 1906||Maitland Gaol, Entrance Book||Entry #587|
|NRS 10958 [1/3242]||Reel 3596||Annie Turnbull||Nov 1907||Unlawfully using an instrument, Newcastle QS||Acquitted. Accused is identical with 1906 prisoner|
|NRS 10958 [1/3249]||Reel 3598||Annie Belinda Turnbull||18 July 1914||Murder, Att Gen declined to file bill||Accused is identical with AT 1903|
|NRS 2322 [5/780]||Not copied||Annie Belinda Turnbull||1914||Maitland Gaol, Entrance Book||Entry #700|
|NRS 10958 [1/3251]||Reel 3599||Annie Turnbull||Jan 1916||Reward for information||140 Glenmore Rd, Paddington Sydney|
|NRS 10958 [1/3252]||Reel 3599||Annie Belinda Turnbull/Bright||26 Nov 1917||Arrested for murder, CCC Sydney||Acquitted. Accused is identical with 1914 AT|
|NRS 10958 [1/3253]||Reel 3599||Annie Belinda Turnbull/Mary Bright||Apr 1918||Murder, Att Gen declined to file bill||-|
|NRS 10958 [1/3253]||Reel 3599||Annie Belinda Turnbull||1918||Charged with conducting a premises as a private hospital without authority, Central Police Branch, Sydney||-|
|NRS 2491 [5/2263]||Not copied||Annie Belinda Turnbull/Bright||11 Nov - 24 Nov 1919||State Reformatory for Women, Entrance Book||Entry #1002, p.101|
||Not copied||Annie Belinda Turnbull/Bright||24 Nov 1919||State Reformatory for Women, Entrance Book||Entry #1042, p.104|
|NRS 10958 [1/3255]||Reel 3600||Annie Turnbull/ Annie Belinda Turnbull/ Annie Bright||1920||Murder and three abortion, CCC Sydney||Acquitted on appeal. Accused is identical with 1918 AT|
|NRS 2491 [5/2263]||Not copied||Belinda Turnbull||17 May - 1 Nov 1920||State Reformatory for Women, Entrance Book||Entry #495, p.167|
|NRS 2496 [3/6006]||Not copied||Belinda Turnbull||1920||State Reformatory for Women, Photo description Book||Photo #478|
|NRS 2699 [4/7950]||Not copied||Annie Belinda Turnbull||Appeal #14, 1920, p.89||Register of Criminal Appeals||Also NRS 2698 Court of Criminal Appeal Letter books|
|NRS 880||Not copied||Belinda Turnbull||1921||Supreme Court, Case #3||-|
|NRS 10958 [1/3258]||Reel 3602||Annie Belinda Turnbull als Bright||1923||Conspiracy to procure abortion, Sydney QS||Att Gen declined to file bill. Identical to 1920 AT|
|NRS 10958||Reel 3602||Annie Belinda Turnbull||Nov 1923||Conspiracy against Rex, Sydney QS||Jury disagreed, acquitted|
*Note: NRS 10958 NSW Police Gazettes are often the only source of information that has survived for other charges and offences that Annie Turnbull faced. She can be found in the index to the Police Gazette under the various names listed.
Initial research into Annie Turnbull was unable to locate any death or divorce records relating to her first husband, Walter Henry Bright, any references to Annie having registered as a nurse (NRS 10859 and 10860) and no probate or deceased estate records for Annie.