Richard Burt (politician)

Richard Paull Septimus Burt (23 September 1909 – 7 November 1993) was an Australian businessman and politician who was a Liberal Party member of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia from 1959 to 1971.

Richard Burt
Member of the Legislative Assembly
of Western Australia
In office
21 March 1959 – 23 March 1968
Preceded byEverard O'Brien
Succeeded byNone (seat abolished)
In office
23 March 1968 – 20 February 1971
Preceded byNone (new seat)
Succeeded byPeter Coyne
Personal details
Born(1909-09-23)23 September 1909
Cottesloe, Western Australia
Died7 November 1993(1993-11-07) (aged 84)
Claremont, Western Australia
Political partyLiberal

Burt was born in Perth to Gladys (née MacMurtrie) and Frederick Julius Augustus Burt. His grandfather was Septimus Burt, who was also a member of parliament and served as Attorney-General of Western Australia. Burt attended Guildford Grammar School, and after leaving school went to the North-West, working variously as a crayfisherman, stationhand, pearler, and tin miner. He opened a machinery and hardware store in Cue in 1935, and in 1939 was elected to the Cue Road Board, of which he eventually became chairman.[1] Burt entered parliament at the 1959 state election, narrowly winning the seat of Murchison from Everard O'Brien of the Labor Party. He transferred to the new seat of Murchison-Eyre at the 1968 election, and retired from parliament at the 1971 election.[2] After leaving politics, Burt held directorships with various mining companies. He died in Perth in November 1993, aged 84, and had married Mary Groom in 1937, with whom he had three sons.[1]


  1. ^ a b Richard Paull Septimus Burt – Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  2. ^ Black, David; Prescott, Valerie (1997). Election statistics : Legislative Assembly of Western Australia, 1890-1996. Perth, [W.A.]: Western Australian Parliamentary History Project and Western Australian Electoral Commission. ISBN 0730984095.
Parliament of Western Australia
Preceded by
Everard O'Brien
Member for Murchison
New seat Member for Murchison-Eyre
Succeeded by
Peter Coyne