Sir Francis Burt
AC, KCMG, QC
|27th Governor of Western Australia|
29 March 1990 – 31 October 1993
Carmen Lawrence |
|Preceded by||Gordon Reid|
|Succeeded by||Michael Jeffery|
|11th Chief Justice of Western Australia|
|Preceded by||Lawrence Jackson|
|Succeeded by||David Malcolm|
Francis Theodore Page Burt|
14 June 1918
Cottesloe, Western Australia
8 September 2004 (aged 86)|
Perth, Western Australia
|Alma mater||University of Western Australia|
Royal Australian Navy|
Royal Australian Air Force
|Years of service||
No. 10 Squadron RAAF
|Battles/wars||Second World War|
Sir Francis Theodore Page Burt AC, KCMG, QC (14 June 1918 – 8 September 2004) was an Australian jurist who served as the 11th Chief Justice of Western Australia, from 1977 to 1988, and the 29th Governor of Western Australia, from 1990 to 1993. Burt was born in Cottesloe, a suburb of Perth, Western Australia, and educated at Guildford Grammar School. He studied law at the University of Western Australia, and also served in the Royal Australian Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force during World War II. Burt was made a justice of the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 1969, and was promoted to Chief Justice in 1977. As Chief Justice, he served as lieutenant-governor. When the Governor of Western Australia, Gordon Reid, resigned in 1989, Burt was appointed to succeed him and served as Governor until 1993.
Born in Cottesloe, Western Australia, Burt's great-grandfather, Sir Archibald Burt, was Chief Justice of Western Australia from 1861 to 1879, while his grandfather, The Honourable Septimus Burt KC, was Attorney-General and Agent-General when responsible government was granted to Western Australia in December 1890. Burt was educated at Guildford Grammar School and later studied law at the University of Western Australia. During World War II he served in the Royal Australian Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force.
After being admitted to the Bar in 1941, Burt gained his skills as a Queen's Counsel in 1959, and in 1961 founded the independent Bar in Western Australia. With others, he established Bar Chambers in 1962. He was appointed as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 1969, a position he held until 1977 when he was promoted to Chief Justice. He retired in 1988.
Burt was afforded a state funeral on his death in 2004. He is buried at Karrakatta Cemetery. The Francis Burt Chambers located in Allendale Square, Perth, and the Francis Burt Law Education Centre and Museum in Stirling Gardens are both named in his honour.
Sir Lawrence Jackson
| Chief Justice of Western Australia
Professor Gordon Reid
| Governor of Western Australia
Major General Michael Jeffery