Rev. William E. BURKITT
Agnes E.
Walter Marcus Holmes BURKITT


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Angelina Mary KNIGHT

Walter Marcus Holmes BURKITT

  • Born: 1861, Downton, Wiltshire, England 1
  • Married: 30 Jul 1887, Christ Church, Sydney, N.S.W., Australia 2 3
  • Died: 20 Jul 1931, Gelling Ave., Strathfield, Sydney, N.S.W., Australia 4 5

  Research Notes:


Mr. Walter M. H. Burkitt, who died at his residence, Gelling-avenue, Strathfield, on Monday, was a senior inspector in the Department of Labour and Industry when he retired five years ago, after 43 years spent in the Public Service. Born at Downton, near Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, 69 years ago (his father was the first incumbent in the church there), Mr. Burkitt came to this country about 48 years ago, and entered the architect's branch in the Railway Department three years later. When this was taken over by the Public Works Department, he was transferred to the Department of Labour and Industry as an inspector under the Early Closing Act, and was stationed at Newcastle, Tamworth, Goulburn, and the metropolitan area. During his stay in Newcastle he was vice-president and one of the founders of the Newcastle Kindergarten, was honorary secretary of the Seamen's Mission at Stockton, a lay reader and member of the cathedral choir, and also designed the main altar of the cathedral and an altar in one of the chapels.

The funeral took place yesterday, the remains being cremated. A choral service was held at St. Ann's Church of England, Strathfield, conducted by the Rev. W. G. Nisbet, assisted by the Rev. Arnold Conolly and the Rev. C. W. Dillon.

The chief mourners were the widow, Mr. H. W. Burkitt, Rev. W. E. K. Burkitt (of Branxton), and Mr. Marcus E. H. Burkitt (sons), Mesdames Gibson and Peberdy and Miss Jessie Burkitt (daughters), Captain Leonard Burkitt (brother), Dr. N. M. Gibson (son-in-law), and Mr. A. S. Knight (brother- in-law).

Among the sympathisers were Messrs. Taylor and Huntly (representing the Department ot Labour and Industry), Messrs. A., O. S., and G. Stanton Cook, Messrs. Shimmon, Claude Crago, Jim Wood, W. Alcock, Arthur Saxton, J. O. Lietke. F. Holliday, G. M. Muir. R. Macdonald, Emil Ford, Norman Tutin, Harold Gibson. K. Knight, Rose, P. Turk, Smith, and Harold Tate. Mr. Andrew Williamson represented the churchwardens of St. Ann's; Mr. Dawborn represented the church council; Mr. F. A. Bland represented the lay readers, and Mr. Sherring (choirmaster) represented the choir."

  Marriage Information:

Walter married Angelina Mary KNIGHT, daughter of Harry KNIGHT and Cornelia GREEN, on 30 Jul 1887 in Christ Church, Sydney, N.S.W., Australia 2 3. (Angelina Mary KNIGHT was born in 1861 in Parramatta, Sydney, N.S.W., Australia 6 and died on 14 Dec 1934 in Yandilla, 25 Gelling Ave., Strathfield, Sydney, N.S.W., Australia 7 8.)

  Marriage Notes:

"BURKITT—KNIGHT.—July 30, at Christ Church, Sydney, by the Rev. C. F. Garnsey, Walter Marcus Holmes, second son of the Rev. W. E. Burkitt, rector of Buttermere, England, to Angelina Mary (Pips), only daughter of the late Harry Knight, Esq., Toowoomba, Queensland."


1 England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008, Alderbury district, 3rd Quarter, vol. 5a, p. 179.

2 NSW Registry BDM (marriages), 1076/1887.

3 The Sydney Morning Herald, Saturday, 13 August 1887.

4 NSW Registry BDM (deaths), 13255/1931.

5 The Sydney Morning Herald, Wednesday, 22 July 1931.

6 NSW Registry BDM (births), 10920/1861 - inexplicably called Emily A. F.

7 NSW Registry BDM (deaths), 22645/1934 - Angelina M. Burkitt, daughter of Harry & Cornelia.

8 The Sydney Morning Herald, Thursday, 20 December 1934.

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