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William Robert Burgess (1847 - 1912)

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William Robert Burgess
Born in Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdommap
Son of [uncertain] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealandmap
Burgess-6636 created 4 Jun 2017 | Last modified | Last edit: 21 Sep 2017
23:19: Gary Burgess edited the Biography for William Burgess. [Thank Gary for this]
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Recorded as a Painter in Cemetery records: (1)

Emigrated to NZ in 1874 as an assisted immigrant on the Varuna, arriving 27 May 1974 (sailed 6 Feb 1874), age 27, with wife Martha 26yrs, John age 4, and Robert age 7/12, cost 36-5-00, Recorded as a slater (2)

The year of death, 1912 and age 66, in the cemeteries database indicates he was born 1846, NZBDM 1912/7922 However gives his age as 65. A search of the Scottish census records reveals various William Burgess's in Glasgow, but none the right age, the 1851 and 1861 censuses show a William Burgess born 1844. The census records for 1851 show a William Burgess age 14 in Cromdale, Moray, A search on William Burgess for 1845-1847 gives 5 William Burgess's, but a 1851 census search shows only 3 4year olds, and the 1861 census shows only one 14 year old. (3) The nearest Glasgow birth of a William Burgess on record is 1843 to William Burgess and Marion McCall, Glasgow.

William married Martha Logan at Tradeston 1869, ref 644/935 (3)


(1) (2) National Archives passenger lists the Varuna, and the Burgess family as pasengers.

  • Family records compiled by Gary Burgess (FS)

(3) Search Scottlands people, search on William Burgess, John Burgess search performed 18, 19 and 21 Sept 2017 -G Burgess

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