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Members’ biographical register

Hon Thomas Burges

Date: Circa July 1830
Place: York, Western Australia
Son of Samuel Evans and Judith Kearnan and half brother of Richard Goldsmith Burges
Marriage and Family
Married 31 March 1860, St George’s Cathedral, Perth to Augusta Henrietta Marcia Burdett (Maud) Wittenoom (born 20 October 1842 and died 1 March 1908), daughter of Rev John Burdett and Mary Watson Helms
Date: 7 August 1893
Place: Perth, Western Australia
Cemetery: Bowes House, Northampton, WA
Church of England
Educated locally
Employment History
1859 took over Bowes station from his uncle William Burges to become a pastoralist
Circa 1872 acquired Yuin Station in Murchison, helped open stock route north to Gascoyne
Local Government Service
Northampton Road Board 1871–1877 member and chairman
Geraldton Town Council 1891 member
Date Elected
24 December 1890
Inaugural Speech
Burges, Thomas, Inaugural Speech.pdf
Inaugural Video
Search for speeches by Thomas Burges
Year Retired/Resigned
Parliamentary Service
  • MLC North District 31 December 1874–31 January 1878 (resigned)
  • Nominated MLC 11 July 1885–9 June 1887 (resigned), 24 December 1890–7 August 1893
  • Contested Geraldton, 27 October 1884
1850s made several visits to North-West
Member Geraldton Agricultural Society
1863, Justice of the Peace
1890 member Geraldton Board of Education
D Black and G Bolton, eds, Biographical register of members of the Parliament of Western Australia: volume one 1870-1930, Parliamentary History Project, Perth, 2010, p. 41
R Erickson, ed, The bicentennial dictionary of Western Australians, pre-1829-1888, volume I. A-C, University of Western Australia Press, Nedlands, WA, 1987.
THE FUNERAL OF THE LATE HON. THOMAS BURGES. (1893, August 18). Victorian Express (Geraldton, WA : 1878 - 1894), p. 3. Retrieved February 21, 2017, from
Government Gazette,1863, pp. 63, 219.
Victorian Express, 11 August 1893.