George Burton Hunter

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Sir George Burton Hunter
Born (1845-12-19)19 December 1845
Died 21 January 1937(1937-01-21) (aged 91)
Nationality British
Occupation Shipbuilder

Sir George Burton Hunter, KBE (19 December 1845 – 21 January 1937) was a British shipbuilder based on Tyneside.


Born in Sunderland, Hunter was a pupil under Thomas Meek before being apprenticed to William Pile, his cousin.[1] In 1869 he moved to Clydeside where he worked for R. Napier & Sons.[1] He returned to Wearside in 1873 and formed a partnership with S. P. Austin; this partnership was dissolved in 1879 and instead Burton became Manager of a new firm known as C. S. Swan & Hunter on Tyneside.[1] By 1893 the firm was the largest shipbuilder on Tyneside.[1] The business was incorporated in 1895 with Hunter as Chairman.[1]

He became Mayor of Wallsend in 1901 and was knighted in 1918.[1]

He later had the Wallsend general hospital named after him: it is now the Sir G B Hunter Memorial Hospital.[2]


In 1873 he married Annie Hudson: they went on to have four daughters and two sons.[1] He lived at The Willows in Jesmond in Newcastle upon Tyne.[3]