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|Daily Southern Cross, 5th June 1869|
On May 4th at the North Shore, William Isaac, son of Mr. W.H. Burgess Aged 2 years and Seven Months.
|New Zealand Herald, 20th November 1894.||
On Sunday, November 18, at her residence, Devonport, Margaret, the beloved wife of Captain W. H. Burgess, aged 61 years.
The funeral will leave her late residence at three o'clock this day, for Devonport Cemetery.
|MOUNT VICTORIA CEMETRY|
Sacred to the Memory of
the beloved wife of
Died 18th Nov 1894, aged 60 years
I heard the voice of Jesus say
come unto me and be saved
William Isaac son of the above
died 4th June 1869 aged 21? years
WILLIAM H. BURGESS
Husband of the above
Died March 8th 1912 in his 78th year
|Auckland Star, 12th March 1912||
Captain William Henry Burgess, brother of the late Captain Isaac Burgess, for many years harbour master of this port, passed away at Devonport on March 8th from heart failure.
He was born in London in 1834, and at an early age took to the sea, and arrived in Auckland in 1850 in the barque Lord William Bentinck. After serving in various capacities in the Brigs Invincible and Kestrel, the S.S. William Denny, and the Brigantine Dispatch, he entered the pilot service, in which he remained from 1858 to 1884.
Many of the early arrivals will remember Captain Burgess as the first man they saw who was able to quote practical experience of the new land. After service in the S.S. Waitaki and in the Devonport Ferry Co., he retired through ill-health, and lived quietly at his home in Devonport.
He leaves two sons and four daughters,-all grown up.
|New Zealand Herald, 13th March 1912||
Captain William Henry Burgess, brother of the late Captain- Isaac Burgess, for many years harbourmaster at Auckland, died at Devonport on Friday, in his 78th year. Born in Limehouse, London, in 1834. the deceased, like his forefathers, took to the sea, and shipped as boy on the ship City of Poonab, bound for India. On his return he joined the barque Lord William Bentinck, which arrived in Auckland "with troops on board on August 26, 1850.
After serving in various capacities in the Brigs Invincible and Kestrel, the steamer William Denny, and the Brigantine Despatch, he entered the pilot service in 1858, remaining there until 1884 — a service of 26 years.
Many of the early arrivals will remember Captain Burgess as being the first person they met in the new land, when he came aboard to pilot them in.
After leaving the pilot service he served on the coast in the steamer Waitaki, and then in the Devonport ferry
Retiring on account of ill-health he lived quietly at his home at Devonport.
Captain Burgess passed through all the hard-ships of the early seafaring days, from ship's boy to the holder of a deep sea ticket.
At Parnell, in 1862, he was Married to Margaret Cameron, of Argylshire, Scotland, by the Rev. Dr. Bruce.
He leaves two sons, four daughters, and' nine grandchildren.
|New Zealand Herald, 30th August 1904.||
On August 29th, at his late residence, Devonport Captain Isaac james Burgess, late chief harbourmaster, port of Auckland; aged 80 years.
|Colonist, 25th November 1904|
|ESTATES OF DECEASED PERSONS
Isaac J. Burgess : £4,237.
|Auckland Star, 29th August 1904.||OBITUARY.
CAPTAIN I. J. BURGESS
One of the oldest identities in Auckland passed away this morning at Devonport in the person of Captain Isaac james Burgess.
Captain Burgess had reached the advanced age of 80 years. Although he had been able to get about a good deal of late, he had been in failing health for some time past. His complaint was senile decay, which is the afliction of the aged, and he died at his residence in Devonport early this morning in the presence of a number of his family.
The deceased was very popular in Auckland, and today the nags on the Harbour Board Buildings, the vessels in port, and all the business premises in the city were half-masted out of respect to his memory.
The funeral takes place at Devonport to-morrow, and the interment will be a private one.
Captain Burgess had been connected with Auckland almost from its foundation. He was born in London in 1824, completed his education at Greenwich Hospital Upper (Naval) School, and then entered the merchant service, serving his apprenticeship in the ship Forester, Captain McArthur, trading between London and the West Indies. Having subsequently made other voyages to Australia, Soutb Africa and North America, he sailed for New Zealand in March, 1846, as chief officer of the barque Madras, arriving in Nelson in July, thence coming to Auckland by way of Wellington and Taranaki. He leffe the Madras at the last-named port and entered the Government service as chief officer of the brig Victoria, Captain Richards. The vessel left for the South shortly afterwards, and in August, 1847, while she was lying off Wanganui in company with H.M.S. Calliope, Captain Richards in attempting to communicate with the military authorities ashore was accidentally drowned, and Captain Burgess was appointed to the command of the brig, which he retained till 1850, when he resigned and was made chief piloi and acting-harbourmaster at Auckland, during the absence of Captain Rough. On the transfer of the latter to the Customs Department, Captain Burgess was permanently appointed harbourmaster, which position he held up till 1894, when he retired.
For many years up to the date of the abolition of the provinces, Captain Burgess was chief harbourmaster for the province of Auckland, with general supervision of the Manukau, Kaipara, Hokianga, Thames, Tauranga and other harbours. Captain Burgess had also a great deal to do with the preliminary work in connection with the erection of the Flat Rock beacon, Tiritiri sandspit and Bean Rock lighthouses. In 1876 the "Alpha" dredge was secured by the Harbour Board and the first dredging operations were carried on under Captain Burgess' supervision. In 1878 the Auckland graving dock was completed and Captain Burgess appointed dock master; in 1888 the Calliope graving dock was opened under his charge. On Captain Burgess' retirement after forty-four years direct service at the port of Auckland, and forty eight years in the colony, he was presented by the officers of the Auckland Harbour Board with an illuminated address, accompanied with a silver teaset and salver.
Captain Burgess had been the recipient of letters from the early Governors, including one from Sir George Grey, as well as from the naval officers commanding the station, and from the mercantile marine, thanking him for his many valuable services.
He was married on the 6th of June, 1848, td Miss Sarah Hammond, eldest daughter of Mr James Hammond, of Freemans Bay. Mrs Burgess survives her husband, and there is a grown-up family of sons and daughters.
Mr Fred Burgess was formerly clerk of the Court at Auckland, and is now a Stipendiary Magistrate on the West Coast.
Mr E. W. Burgess is traffic manager on the Queenstreet Wharf, in the employ of the Harbour Board.
Mr C. Burgess is a principal of the New Plymouth firm of Burgess and Fraser, and is now in England.
Messrs A. and F. P. Burgess are the other sons. There are five daughters—Misses A. and K. Burgess, and Mesdames B. McKay, G. M. Reid and Hammond, the last-named being resident of Dunedin.
|New Zealand Herald, 30th August 1904|
|DEATH OF CAPTAIN BURGESS.
AN INTERESTING CAREER.
Another of the old identities who has been connected with Auckland for over half a century, passed over to " the great majority" yesterday morning in the person of Captain Isaac James Burgess, who died at his residence, Devonport, after an illness extending over a considerable period. Captin Burgess was a native of London, and was born in 1824, completed his education at Greenwich Hospital Upper (Naval) School, and then entered the merchant service, serving his apprenticeship in the ship Forester—Captain xvlcArthur- trading between London and the West Indies. Having subsequently made other voyages to Australia, South Africa, and North America, he sailed for New Zealand in March, 1840, as chief officer of the barque Madras, arriving in Nelson in July, and thence to Wellington, Taranaki, and Auckland. Here he left the Madras, and entered the Government service as chief officer of H.M. colonial brig Victoria—Captain Richards. Shortly after this the vessel left Auckland for the South, and in August, 1847, while she was lying off the settlement of Wanganui in company with H.M.s. Calliope (there being then some disturbance with the natives of that place), Captain Richards, in attempting to communicate with the military authorities there was accidentally drowned, his boatan open onehaving* capsized on the bar at tne entrance to the Wanganui River, Deputy-Commissary-General Power, who was a passenger in the boat, and the boat's crew being promptly rescued by another boat sent from the brig. Captain "Richards' body was also picked up. Immediately after this the brig left for Wellington in charge of the ch'"' officer, arriving there at midnight, when the Superintendent of Wellington, Major Richmond, was at once informed of the sad event. Some days after the brig left foi Auckland, Captain Burgess being duly appointed to the command of the vessel, and irom that time up to Juno, 1848, the vessel was actively employed between Auckland and the Southern settlements in carrying despatches, passengers, troops, stores, etc., and otherwise attending to the requirements of the Colonial Government. On the Brig's return to Auckland in J one it was found that the vessel was very much in want of repairs, consequently Captain Burgess received instructions from the Government to proceed to Taranaki, and after landing specie and despatches at that place was to sail at once for Sydney with despatches for tne Colonial Secretary of New South Wales, from whom instructions would be received relative to the repairs of the brig, which proved more extensive than expected. On the return of the vessel to Auckland in October she was immediately despatched for the South, and again was fully employed as before in visiting the different settlements, and especially that of Wanganui, where a detachment of the 65th Regiment were still stationed. The brig was also engaged for a time in the Acheron survey of Cook's Strait, Blind Bay, and Taranaki coast.
In 1850 Captain Burgess resigned the command of the Government Brig, and was appointed chief pilot and acting-harbour-master at Auckland during the absence of Captain Rough, and on his being transferred to the Customs Department was permanently appointed harbourmaster for the port of Auckland, holding that position up to December, 1894. For the first few years he was under the direction of the General Government, but on the Provincial Government assuming control of ports and harbours he was transferred to that Government, and assisted in all matters respecting the harbour, and the safe navigation of the same, the maintenance of buoys or beacons, and other matters affecting the/ interests of the port. For many years, up to the'date of the abolition of the provinces, Captain Burgess held the position of chief harbourmaster for the province of Auckland, and as such had the general supervision of the harbours of Manukau, Kaipara, Hokianga, Thames, and j.auranga, and other harbours in the provincial district of Auckland. During this time the improvements were carried out at the Manukau pilot and signal station, Kaipara pilot station, at Hokianga, and at the Thames. Captain Burgess had also a great deal to do witfli the preliminary work in connection with the erection of the Flat Rock beacon, the Tiritiri lighthouse, and the Sandspitand Bean Rock lighthouses, and afterwards attended to the same, and rendered every assistance possible to Mr. Balfour— then Colonial Marine Engineer carrying out these works, and other matters in connection with the harbours of this province. In 1868, a conference of harbourmasters was held in Wellington, for the purpose of framing general harbour regulations for all ports of the colony. Captain Burgess was present at all the deliberations of this conference. The regulations then drawn, up have since remained, without material alteration, in. operation throughout the colony. In 1871, the port of Auckland having been placed under the control of a local Harbour Board, Captain Burgess' services were transferred to it, but he did not sever his connection with the Government, still retaining the position of chief harbourmaster for the Province of Auckland until the passing of the Abolition of Provinces Act in 1876, his duties being thenceforward confined to the port of Auckland. In 1876, the Harbour Board having decided to procure a dredge to deepen the harbour, the Alpha dredge was supplied by Messrs. Fraser and Tinne, and the first dredging operations were started and carried on for some considerable time under the supervision of the harbourmaster, until relieved by the appointment of the Harbour Board engineer. In 1878, the Auckland Graving Dock was completed, Captain Burgess being appointed dockniaster, the first vessel docked being the Northern Steamship Company's steamer lona, and on the completion of the Calliope Graving Dock, in 1888, Captain Burgess took charge of this dock also as dockmaster This dock was formally opened on February 16, Her Majesty's ships' Calliope and Diamond being docked at the same time in commemoration of the event.
Captain Burgess retired at the end of December, 1894, from his official connection with the port of Auckland, after a service of 44 years directly connected with this port, and of 48 years in the service of the colony. On his retirement, Captain Burgess was presented by the officers of the Auckland Harbour Board with an illuminated address and a silver tea set and salver, bearing the following engraved inscription: — " Presented to Captain Isaac James Burgess, as a token of sincere respect and esteem by the officers of the Auckland Board, December, 1894." In 1866 he had a serious illness, consequent upon overwork and constant exposure to the weather, and at one time was not expected to recover from it; and in June, 1891, met with an accident while in the execution of his duties, by which he sustained severe injuries, from the effects of. which he suffered until the time of his death.
Among his correspondence he had letters from the early Governors of the colony (one very kindly one from Sir George Grey), the naval officers commanding the stations and from the steam shipping companies, thanking him for services rendered.
Captain Burgess, who was in his 81st year at the time of his death, leaves a family of 11, for whom great sympathy will be felt in their bereavement.
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