Stanley Burbury

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The Honourable
Sir Stanley Burbury
21st Governor of Tasmania
In office
5 December 1973 – 16 March 1982
Monarch Elizabeth II
Preceded by Sir Edric Bastyan
Succeeded by Sir James Plimsoll
Personal details
Born (1909-12-03)3 December 1909
Perth, Western Australia
Died 24 April 1995(1995-04-24) (aged 85)
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Sir Stanley Charles Burbury KCMG KCVO KBE (3 December 1909 – 24 April 1995) was an Australian jurist. He was the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Tasmania, and the first Australian-born person appointed as Governor of Tasmania from 1973 to 1982.


Stanley Burbury was born on 3 December 1909 in Perth, Western Australia. He had a distinguished career in law in Tasmania, culminating in becoming Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Tasmania.

He was appointed Governor of Tasmania in 1973, the first Australian to hold the office.

He was also National President of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.

He died on 24 April 1995 at Hobart, Tasmania.


He was created a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) in the 1958 New Year's Honours.[1]

On 20 April 1977, during the 1977 Royal Visit, Queen Elizabeth II made him a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO).[2]

On 28 August 1981 he was made a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG).[3]


The impoundment that was created by Hydro Tasmania on the King River on the West Coast of Tasmania, is called Lake Burbury.

The University of Tasmania has a lecture theatre named after Stanley Burbury.

Burbury Close, a street in Barton in the Australian Capital Territory is named after Stanley Burbury.[4]


Legal offices
Preceded by
Sir John Morris
Chief Justice of Tasmania
Succeeded by
Guy Green
Government offices
Preceded by
Lieutenant-General Sir Edric Bastyan
Governor of Tasmania
Succeeded by
Sir James Plimsoll