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Hon Septimus Burt

Principal Honours
Date: 25 October 1847
Place: St Kitts, British West Indies
Arrival in WA
29 January 1861
Son of Archibald Paull Burt, first Chief Justice of WA, and Louisa Emily Bryan and brother-in-law of George Leake
Marriage and Family
Married 13 July 1872, St Georges Cathedral , Perth, WA to Louisa Fanny Hare (born circa June 1848 and died 11 February 1929) daughter of Gustavus Edward Cockburn, (Government Resident, Albany, WA) and Sarah Annie Wright
Children: six sons and four daughters
Date: 15 May 1919
Place: Strawberry Hill, Western Australia
Cemetery: Karrakatta Cemetery, Western Australia
Cause of Death:
Church of England
Educated private school Melksham, Wiltshire, England and from 1861 at Bishop Hale’s School, Perth
Lawyer and farmer
Employment History
Served as articled clerk to GF Stone
1870 called to WA Bar
1876 in partnership with
Edward Stone in firm of Stone and Burt
1887 QC

By 1870 an advocate of Responsible Government, with Stephen Henry Parker and Edmund Stone formed the Reform League
Pastoralist during and after parliamentary career
Local Government Service
Perth City Council, 1881–1889
Date Elected
29 November 1890
Inaugural Speech
Burt, Septimus, Inaugural Speech.pdf
Inaugural Video
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Valedictory Speech
Year Retired/Resigned
Parliamentary Service
  • Nominated MLC 30 June 1874–14 January 1879
  • MLC Murray and Williams 12 February 1880–12 April 1886 (resigned)
  • Nominee MLC 17 June–7 September 1886
  • MLC North Province 28 July 1888 (by-election)–21 October 1890
  • MLA Ashburton 29 December 1890–April 1900 (resigned)
  • Contested Perth (by-election) 28 May 1888

  • Acting Attorney General 19 June 1886–December 1886
  • Attorney General 29 December 1890–27 October 1897
  • Minister without portfolio 29 December 1898
  • Member of Executive Council 29 December 1898-15 February 1901

  • One of WA representatives at Colonial Conference, London, 1887, and subsequent jubilee celebrations
Private Member's Bills
Member Central Board of Education 1873–1875
1877 joined
John, Alexander and David Forrest in lease of 590,000 acres on Ashburton River (Minderoo station)
Also part-owner of Red Hill, Brick House, Yinniethana, Kadji Kadji and Minne Creek properties
1882 purchased Rossmoyne, sold for redevelopment 1914
1884 foundation member West Australia Co
Church of England synodsman, trustee, legal advisor and benefactor, gave Burt Memorial Hall in honour of two sons killed in World War I
Trustee Victoria Public Library
1871 Captain of Perth Cricketers
Foundation member Weld Club
Declined invitations to join bench of Supreme Court
1901 declined a knighthood
Called to WA Bar 1870
Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 7, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1966-.
D Black and G Bolton, eds, Biographical register of members of the Parliament of Western Australia: volume one 1870-1930, Parliamentary History Project, Perth, 2010, p. 41.
FK Crowley, Australia's western third: a history of Western Australia from the first settlements to modern times, Macmillan, London, 1960, p. 97.
R Erickson, ed, The bicentennial dictionary of Western Australians, pre-1829-1888, volume I. A-C, University of Western Australia Press, Nedlands, WA, 1987.
Metropolitan Cemeteries Board. Accessed 4 February 2015.
Russell, Enid. A history of the law in Western Australia and its development from 1829 to 1979, University of Western Australia Press, Nedlands, WA, p. 218–19.
CT Stannage, The people of Perth: a social history of Western Australia's capital city, Perth City Council, Perth, 1979, pp. 125, 181, 199.
Twentieth Century Impressions of Western Australia, PWH Thiel, Perth, 1901, p. 19.
Weekend Magazine, 25 February 1967.
West Australian, 16 May 1919, 24 September 1932.
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