David Burton (d.1792)

DAVID BURTON was a botanist, surveyor, and professional gardener. He arrived in the colony of New South Wales with the Third Fleet per Gorgon (1791) on 21 September 1791 as “superintendent of convicts.” On arrival, BURTON was immediately sent to Parramatta to relieve AUGUSTUS ALT in the task of surveying settlers’ allotments. who died at Parramatta and was buried at St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta on 13 April 1792.

On 13 April 1792 at Parramatta, Burton died of wounds received through mishandling his own gun while on an expedition to the Nepean River.

His entry in the St. John’s burial register was as follows: “13 April 1792: Mr. BURTON. Convict. Surveyor.” It is unclear if his grave was ever marked, but it is not among the marked graves now.

Burial Location

  • Unmarked grave, exact location unknown, St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta


Primary Sources

  • Parish Burial Registers, Textual records, St. John’s Anglican Church Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia.

Secondary Sources


# Third Fleet

# Came Free

# Botanist

# Surveyor

# Superintendent of Convicts

# Ship: Gorgon (1791)

# Burial year: 1792

# Grave: unmarked

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