The Founding Fathers

David Turner

1896 - 1909

The founder of the Company whose clearing and forwarding business, Turner & Co – Natal (Pty) Ltd has grown into The Turner Group.

Robert Paton

1896 - 1913

He was a partner and director of Turner & Co – Natal (Pty) Ltd who immigrated to Australia in rather dubious circumstances.

John Cochrane - Murray

1909 - 1952

As David Turner’s business partner it was left to him to run the business when Turner was lost at sea. He ran the company for the first half of the 20th Century.

Ian Cochrane - Murray

1946 - 1999

Taking over the business from his grandfather at the end of the Second World War he steered the Company into the modern era.


Next time you are in the Boardroom at The Turner Group’s head office in Durban, take some time to look at the framed medal hanging on the wall.

Most will remember Ian Cochrane-Murray as the past Chairman of The Turner Group, but few will know that he also served as the Belgium Consul in Natal for fifteen years, and received a knighthood for his services to Belgium and the local Belgian community.

The medal represents the Belgian Knighthood of the Order of the Crown which was presented to Ian Cochrane-Murray in October 1993 by King Baudouin of Belgium.

Ian Cochrane-Murray was chairman of The Turner Group from 1946 to 1999, when he retired, passing the reigns of the business to his son, and current CEO of The Turner Group, Conrad.