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Burnetts from Scotland to Australia

James Charles Burnett (1815-1854). Descendant of Burnetts of Barns (Scotland)

Surveyor. Head of Survey Office, Brisbane.


James Charles Burnett arrived in Sydney with his parents in December 1829. His father was William Burnett, born 28 May 1788, who was the son of James Burnett of Barns in southern Scotland. William Burnett married Marjory Chalmers Brown in Edinburgh on 30 October 1813. It has not yet been determined whether James Charles Burnett was born in 1815 in Edinburgh or London as his father who was at one time a Merchant in Brazil and also worked in London. William Burnett moved to Australia  in 1829 as Colonial Secretary of the Swan River Settlement under the government of Sir Edward Parry and soon moved to New South Wales where he settled. William & Marjory had other children – John Alexander Burnett who became a Merchant in Melbourne and married Margaret McDonnell (children Charles John, William, James, Abigail Scott & Lilias), Marjory Burnett who died young, William Burnett of Burnetland in Hunter District & Patrick Graham)

William Burnett Snr died in 1858 aged 70.


Eileen Bailey

Burnett Genealogist