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Dear Members and Friends,
Please join us on June 27th, at 6pm at the Bahamas Historical Society museum as we present, OAT Turnquest: 40 Years of Independence.
His Excellency was born in Grants Town, New Providence on July 19, 1929, to the late Robert and Gwendolyn Turnquest.
He was an articled law student in the chambers of the late Hon. A. F. Adderley from 1947 to 1953. Sir Orville Turnquest was called to The Bahamas Bar on June 26, 1953. [He was called to the Inner Bar in January 1993.] He earned a bachelor of laws degree with honours at the University of London between 1957 and 1960, and was admitted to the English Bar in July, 1960, after successfully writing his Bar Examinations as a member of Lincoln’s Inn, London.
Sir Orville Turnquest, who once served as Deputy Prime Minister, Attorney-General and Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Free National Movement government, has had an illustrious career as a barrister-at-law and counsel and attorney. He became Deputy Prime Minister, Attorney-General and Minister of Foreign Affairs on September 1, 1993, having served as Attorney-General and Minister of Justice and Foreign Affairs since August 21, 1992.
In private practice since 1953 as counsel and attorney and notary public, Sir Orville was a senior partner in the law firm of Dupuch and Turnquest prior to his becoming a Cabinet Minister. He acted as Stipendiary and Circuit Magistrate and coroner in 1959, and served as President of The Bahamas Bar Association and Chairman of The Bahamas Bar Council between 1970 and 1972. He is a former part-time lecturer in law at The Bahamas Extra- mural Department of the University of the West Indies and a member of The Bahamas Law Revision Committee. He was a law tutor and a member of the Examining Board for admission to The Bahamas Bar from 1965 until his ministerial appointment.
His Excellency Sir Orville Turnquest, G.C.M.G., Q.C., was sworn in as the fifth Governor-General of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas on January 3, 1995, succeeding His Excellency Sir Clifford Darling.
Upon assumption of the Office of Governor-General, Sir Orville was made a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St. Michael and St. George.
Jim Lawlor President
The Bahamas Historical Society (BHS)
a non-profit organization dedicated to stimulating interest in Bahamian
History and to the collection and preservation of material relating
thereto. Its Headquarters, the former IODE Hall, was a gift from the
Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire (IODE). BHS is on Shirley
Street and Elizabeth Avenue in Nassau.
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