Bishop James Turner’s Death
Bishop Turner retired in 1893. He and his adopted daughter Emily Perrott-Turner left Sydney for a voyage to England. The Bishop became ill when they reached Rome and they moved to a hotel, where Emily called in a young doctor practising in the city. His name was Axel Munthe, who was later to become famous as the author of San Michele. He visited Bishop often but his patient, weak and exhausted, died.
Dr Munthe persuaded Emily not to take the Bishop to England to be buried near his wife, Mary, and helped her to arrange for him to be interred in the Rome Evangelical Cemetery. A small group of mourners from the English congregation attended the service, besides Emily and Dr Munthe. A monument was later erected above the grave.
Emily travelled on to England, and after spending a few weeks there returned to Armidale where she lived for almost 50 years in a small cottage, The Hermitage, in the grounds of the Bishop’s home St. Cuthbert’s.