Francis Burt

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The Honorable
Sir Francis Burt
ACKCMGQC
Sir Francis Burt.jpg
29th Governor of Western Australia
In office
29 March 1990 – 31 October 1993
Monarch Elizabeth II
Preceded by Gordon Reid
Succeeded by Michael Jeffery
11th Chief Justice of Western Australia
In office
1977–1988
Preceded by Lawrence Jackson
Succeeded by David Malcolm
Personal details
Born Francis Theodore Page Burt
(1918-06-14)14 June 1918
Cottesloe, Western Australia
Died 8 September 2004(2004-09-08) (aged 86)
Perth, Western Australia
Nationality Australian
Alma mater University of Western Australia
Military service
Nickname(s) "Red"
Allegiance Australia
Service/branch Royal Australian Navy
Royal Australian Air Force
Years of service 1940–1942 (RAN)
1943–1946 (RAAF)
Rank Flight Lieutenant
Unit HMAS Leeuwin
No. 10 Squadron RAAF
Battles/wars Second World War
The Old Courthouse adjoining the Supreme Court Buildings in Stirling Gardens which house the Francis Burt Law Education Centre and Museum.

Sir Francis Theodore Page Burt ACKCMGQC (14 June 1918 – 8 September 2004) was an Australian jurist who served as the 11th Chief Justice of Western Australia, from 1977 to 1988, and the 29th Governor of Western Australia, from 1990 to 1993. Burt was born in Cottesloe, a suburb of Perth, Western Australia, and educated at Guildford Grammar School. He studied law at the University of Western Australia, and also served in the Royal Australian Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force during World War II. Burt was made a justice of the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 1969, and was promoted to Chief Justice in 1977. As Chief Justice, he served as lieutenant-governor. When the Governor of Western Australia, Gordon Reid, resigned in 1990, Burt was appointed to succeed him and served as Governor until 1993.

Biography[edit]

Born in Cottesloe, Western Australia, Burt's great-grandfather, Sir Archibald Burt, was Chief Justice of Western Australia from 1861 to 1879, while his grandfather, The Honourable Septimus Burt KC, was Attorney-General and Agent-General when responsible government was granted to Western Australia in December 1890. Burt was educated at Guildford Grammar School and later studied law at the University of Western Australia.[1] During World War II he served in the Royal Australian Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force.[2]

After being admitted to the Bar in 1941, Burt gained his skills as a Queen's Counsel in 1959, and in 1961 founded the independent Bar in Western Australia.[3] With others, he established Bar Chambers in 1962. He was appointed as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 1969, a position he held until 1977 when he was promoted to Chief Justice. He retired in 1988.

Burt was afforded a state funeral on his death in 2004. He is buried at Karrakatta Cemetery.[4] The Francis Burt Chambers located in Allendale Square, Perth, and the Francis Burt Law Education Centre and Museum in Stirling Gardens are both named in his honour.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sir Francis Theodore Page Burt 1990–1993". Constitutional Centre of Western Australia. July 2005. 
  2. ^ BURT, FRANCIS THEODORE PAGE (RAN) and BURT, FRANCIS THEODORE PAGE (RAAF) – World War II Nominal Roll. Retrieved 12 July 2012.
  3. ^ "Western Australian Bar Association". March 2006. 
  4. ^ "Summary Of Record Information, Francis Theodore Page Burt". Metropolitan Cemeteries Board. Retrieved 24 October 2010. 
Legal offices
Preceded by
Sir Lawrence Jackson
Chief Justice of Western Australia
1977–1988
Succeeded by
David Malcolm
Government offices
Preceded by
Professor Gordon Reid
Governor of Western Australia
1990–1993
Succeeded by
Major General Michael Jeffery