Recorded as a Painter in Cemetery records. 
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. 
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.  The nearest Glasgow birth of a William Burgess on record is 1843 to William Burgess and Marion McCall, Glasgow.
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