Noel Burnet

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Noel Burnet F.R.Z.S.
Born(1904-03-04)4 March 1904
Ashfield, New South Wales
Died24 June 1953(1953-06-24) (aged 50)
West Pennant Hills, New South Wales
NationalityAustralian
EducationNewington College
OccupationWildlife park proprietor
Spouse(s)Emily (née Lucas)
Children3 sons and 1 daughter
Parent(s)Charles Alfred Burnet and Kathleen (née Bradley)

Noel Burnet (4 March 1904 – 24 June 1953)[1][2] was an Australian environmentalist and founder of the Koala Park Sanctuary, a privately owned and run wildlife park located at West Pennant Hills, New South Wales, Australia.[3] He was a Fellow of the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales.[4]

Biography[edit]

Burnet was born in Sydney, the first of three children of Kathleen (née Bradley) and Charles Alfred Burnet.[5] He attended Newington College, commencing in 1916,[6] under the headmastership of the Rev Dr Charles Prescott. In the early 1920s, Burnet was living in Brisbane when he first came into contact with koalas. He was a resident of a boarding-house when he was given his first pair of koalas and he placed them on a tree in the garden. Fortunately, the tree was of the right species upon which the koalas thrived.[7] After moving back to Sydney he established Koala Park later in the decade and in 1929 he married Emily Lucas.[8] In 1930 he opened the Koala Park Sanctuary to the public.[9] On his death he was survived by his wife, three sons and a daughter, who carried on the management of the Koala Park Sanctuary.[10]

Publications[edit]

  • The native bear book of Australia (Sydney : W.A. Pepperday & Co, 1934.)[11]
  • Some Australian fauna (Sydney : W.A. Pepperday & Co., 1932.)[12]
  • The Bluegum family at Koala Park (Sydney : W.A. Pepperday & Co., 1932.)[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ BDMs — NSW Retrieved 14 May 2013
  2. ^ BDMs — NSW Retrieved 14 May 2013
  3. ^ "VISIT TO KOALA PARK". The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954). NSW: National Library of Australia. 1 September 1930. p. 6. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Tiger Cats Rare On North Coast". Northern Star (Lismore, NSW : 1876 - 1954). Lismore, NSW: National Library of Australia. 4 August 1951. p. 7. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
  5. ^ BDMs — NSW Retrieved 14 May 2013
  6. ^ Newington College Register of Past Students 1863-1998 (Syd, 1999) pp25
  7. ^ "STROKE OF LUCK". The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate (Parramatta, NSW : 1888 - 1950). Parramatta, NSW: National Library of Australia. 23 May 1935. p. 4. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
  8. ^ BDMs — NSW Retrieved 14 May 2013
  9. ^ "KOALA PARK". The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954). NSW: National Library of Australia. 8 December 1934. p. 13. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
  10. ^ "Koala Park's Founder Dies". The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954). NSW: National Library of Australia. 26 June 1953. p. 10. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
  11. ^ Burnet, Noel (1934), The native bear book of Australia : photographs, W.A. Pepperday & Co, retrieved 14 May 2013
  12. ^ Burnet, Noel; Briggs, E. A. (Edward Alfred), 1890-1969 (1932), Some Australian fauna, W.A. Pepperday & Co, retrieved 14 May 2013
  13. ^ Burnet, Noel; Cazneaux, Harold, 1878-1953; Burnet, Noel; Cazneaux, Harold (1932), The Bluegum family at Koala Park, W.A. Pepperday & Co, retrieved 14 May 2013