George Burgess jnr
Mary Ann Smith

- the settler's son and the convict's daughter -
There has been extensive work done on the Burgess
family in Tasmania which has been published by
Annette Banks. 'The Family of George Burgess and
Ann Haines, 160th Anniversary Edition 1814-2002'
provides a wealth of information.
My Great Great Grandparents

George Burgess [Junior] born 1838, baptised 2nd January, 1839, Chiselborough, Somerset,
England. George migrated to Australia aboard the
Royal Saxon in 1844, with his parents
George Burgess snr and Ann Haines.

Mary Ann Smith was born 12th February, 1843 and baptised on 2nd April, 1843 in
Longford, Tasmania. She was the daughter of convicts,
William Smith and Ellen Donovan.

Marriage: George and Mary Ann were married in the Church of England Parish Church at
Deloraine Tasmania on 1st September, 1860. Mary Ann was a spinster under 21 years of age
[she was 17] George was a bachelor over 21 years of age [he was 22] The witnesses were
William Burgess and Maria Burgess. The presiding minister was John McIntyre. Both George
and Mary Ann signed their marriage certificate with an X indicating they could not read or

George and Mary Ann had 15 children:

Burgess, William George, born 4th June, 1861, father George a farmer of Deloraine was the
informant and made his mark. William George was probably named for his two grandfathers.

Burgess, Henry, born 19th May 1863, father a farmer of Deloraine, mother Mary the
Married Mary Ann Sheehan 22nd July 1891 Deloraine. A DNA match has linked
me with this family line.

Burgess, Eliza, born 29th December, 1864. Father George Burgess a labourer of Northwood
was the informant.

Burgess, George, born 14th August, 1866.Father George Burgess a farmer of Harwood was
the informant.

Burgess, Charles, born 14th June, 1868. George burgess father and farmer of Northwood
was the informant.

Burgess, Amelia, born 18th September, 1869. Father George burgess was a labourer.
Informant was grandmother Ann Burgess of Long Plains.

Burgess, Arthur [Old Native], born 28th October, 1871. Father a farmer of Long Plains.
Grandmother Ann Burgess was the informant.

Burgess, Albert [Jack], born 2nd September, 1873. Father George Burgess a farmer of
Eddington was the informant.

Burgess, Ambrose [Brownie], 28th March 1875. George Burgess farmer of Eddington was the

Burgess, Maria, born 27th September, 1876. George Burgess farmer of Ashgrove was the

Burgess, Selina, born 12th August, 1878. Father George, a farmer of Ashgrove was the

Burgess, Samuel [Snowy], 23rd July, 1881. Father George Burgess a farmer of Harbourne
was the informant.

Burgess, Ellen, born 10th November, 1883. Father George a farmer of Ashgrove was the

Burgess, Louisa, born 13th April, 1886. Father George, a farmer of Harbourne was the

Burgess, Frank, born 15th February, 1888. Father George Burgess a farmer of Harbourne
was the informant.  Private 4954, 12th Battalion, WW1. Killed in action 4th Sept, 1916.


Mary Ann died 10th August, 1910, Deloraine Tasmania and is buried in the General
Cemetery. She was 57 years old.

George Burgess died 25th October, 1925 and is buried in the Deloraine General Cemetery.

Advocate [Burnie Tas] dated 30th October 1925 reported:
Pioneer Passes :
After suffering very indifferent health for some months, a very highly respected resident of the district passed
away on Sunday in the person of Mr. George Burgess, at the advanced age, of 86 years. The deceased
gentleman was well and favorably known throughout the district. He was brought from England at the early
age of two years, but had spent the greater part of his life in and near Dunorlan. With his wife, who
predeceased him by fifteen years, he brought up a family of fifteen, two of whom have passed away. The
remaining thirteen gathered on Tuesday from as far south as Bruni Island, and as, far west as Trowutta, to
attend the funeral, as did also three brothers of the late Mr. Burgess. The funeral was largely attended by
residents and at the Deloraine cemetery the service at the graveside was conducted by the Rev. Weld-Thomas.  
Above: Grave of George Burgess junior and Mary Ann
nee Smith. Deloraine Cemetery. Taken 2004. Courtesy
of Max Baxter
a: Colonial Tasmanian Families Links Website
b:  Burgess Family History book by Annette Banks
c:  Tasmanian Pioneers Index 1803-1899 CD Rom
d:  IGI
e: 1841, 1851 and 1861 censuses
f:  Baptismal Certificate Mary Ann Smith
g: Marriage Cert George Burgess and Mary Ann Smith
h: Tasmania Civil Registrations - images online at Family