John Burdett Wittenoom
|John Burdett Wittenoom|
|Born||October 24, 1788
Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, England
|Died||January 23, 1855
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
|Relatives||Frank Wittenoom (grandson)
Edward Wittenoom (grandson)
John Burdett Wittenoom (24 October 1788 – 23 January 1855) was a colonial clergyman who was the second Anglican clergyman to perform religious services in the Swan River Colony, Australia, soon after its establishment in 1829.
He took up teaching in England. Shortly after his first wife's death, he decided to emigrate to Western Australia arriving on the Wanstead in January 1830 with his mother, sister and four sons.
In later years, he ran a grammar school and pursued his interest in education. In 1847, he was appointed to the colony's first education committee and was the inaugural chairman for eight years after it became the Board of Education. After his death in 1855, his second wife and daughter took charge of the government girls' school.
His first wife died when they were still living in England. Together, they had five sons, including John Burdett, Henry, Frederick Dirck, and Charles. In 1839, he remarried in Australia. His daughter Mary was the mother of Edith Cowan, while another daughter, Augusta, married Thomas Burges (a member of parliament). The progeny of Wittenoom's fifth son, Charles Wittenoom, became notable individuals in the history of Western Australia.
He died on January 23, 1855. A tablet in his memory is in St George's Cathedral, Perth.
- Cranfield, R.E. (1957). "Wittenoom, John Burdett (1788 - 1855)". Australian Dictionary of Biography - Online Edition. Melbourne University Press. Retrieved 2006-06-11.
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