Richard Turnbull (colonial governor)

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Richard Gordon Turnbull
10th Governor of Tanganyika
In office
Preceded by Edward Twining
Governor-General of Tanganyika
In office
Preceded by Office established
Succeeded by None
Personal details
Born 7 July 1909
Died 21 December 1998 (aged 89)[1]

Sir Richard Gordon Turnbull, GCMG (7 July 1909[2] – 21 December 1998)[3] was a British colonial governor and the last governor of the British mandate of Tanganyika from 1958 to 1961. Following the country's independence, he was governor-general from 9 December 1961 – 9 December 1962.


Richard Turnbull was Chief Secretary of Kenya during the time of the Mau Mau Uprising.[4] In 1958 he succeeded Sir Edward Twining as Governor of Tanganyika.[4] Following the first elections to the Legislative Council (LEGCO), Turnbull appointed five members of Julius Nyerere's Tanganyika African National Union party.[4] At the end of 1961, Tanganyika became an autonomous Commonwealth realm with Nyerere as prime minister. Turnbull served for a year as governor-general until Tanganyika became a republic in December 1962. He later became the High Commissioner of Aden.


  1. ^ Mwakikagile, G. (2009). My Life as an African: Autobiographical Writings. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. p. 52. ISBN 9781448612567. Retrieved 12 July 2015. 
  2. ^ Europa Publications Limited (1970). The Middle East and North Africa. Europa Publications. Retrieved 12 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Tanzania",, 2000, retrieved 19 April 2010 
  4. ^ a b c Mwakikagile, Godfrey (2009). Life in Tanganyika in The Fifties. Godfrey Mwakikagile. p. 142. ISBN 9987-16-012-3. 
Government offices
Preceded by
Edward Twining
Governors of Tanganyika
Succeeded by