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Henry Peter Burmester (1873–1945)

The death occurred at the Victoria District Hospital on Tuesday morning last of Mr. Henry Peter Burmester of Snowden Street. The deceased gentleman had been in failing health for about twelve months but of recent weeks his condition had not caused any anxiety. On Monday evening he spent some time with members of his family but early the following morning he was overcome by a sudden seizure and died shortly after his admission to hospital.

A native of Dandenong (Victoria) the late Mr. Burmester was seventy-two years of age. He came to Western Australia during the gold boom and for many years worked in the mining Industry at Lancefield on the north eastern goldfields. He arrived in Geraldton in 1930 and until failing health caused his retirement he was employed at the works of Cuming Smith-Mt. Lyell Farmers' Fertilisers Limited at Bluff Point. He was a prominent member of the Masonic Lodge and is survived by his wife and two sons (Gunner Cliff Burmester, A.I.F.), and Mr. Norman Burmester, of Geraldton. Another son (Sergeant E F. Burmester) was the first Geraldton soldier killed in the war.

The funeral took place on Wednesday afternoon in the Methodist portion of the Utakarra Cemetery, a large number of citizens assembling to pay a last tribute of respect to the  deceased. The service was conducted by the Rev. A T. N. Hollands and Messrs. G. E. Marsh and L. Evershed assisted to carry the casket to the. graveside. The pall-bearers were Messrs. E. E. Christie, H. A. Daffen, R. Ellson. L. J. Chapman, A. G. Doye, A. Pickles, E. Hancock and A. R. Garnsworthy, and the chief mourners were Mrs. E. Field Burmester (widow) and Mr. and Mrs. N. Burmester (son and daughter-in-law).

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'Burmester, Henry Peter (1873–1945)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 17 June 2024.

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Dandenong, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


14 August, 1945 (aged ~ 72)
Geraldton, Western Australia, Australia

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