Memorial: M2232

Memorial in Hobart, Tasmania commemorating Lieutenant Thomas Burnett RN d. 1837


St David's burial ground, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, Rest of the World


'SACRED / To the Memory of / LIEUT. THOMAS BURNETT R.N. / Who arrived in this Colony on 6th Jany. 1837 / with the appointment of Marine Surveyor / and while actively employed in the prosecution / of this object in D'Entrecasteaux's Channel / was unfortunately drowned by the upsetting / of a boat the 21st May following / Aged 31 / This monument erected as an individual / tribute of sorrowing attachment records at the / same time the public estimation in which / his worth and talent were held by this Colony / and his country and the grief of that / afflicted family which has to mourn in the / country of his birth the irreparable loss / it has sustained by the untimely death of / the best of sons and most affectionate / of brothers. / The stone bearing this / inscription was originally / intended for the central stand / of an observatory about to / be erected for his use.'


Description: An inscribed stone drum bearing a globe in a metal stand.
Type: Memorial
Materials: Stone


Burnett, Thomas
Age: 32
Date of Death: 21/5/1837
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant
Organisation: Royal Navy


Bibliography: Richard Lord (comp.) 'Inscriptions in stone: St David's Burial Ground 1804-1872' (Tasmania, 1976) p. 34.