Richard Goldsmith Burges

Richard Goldsmith Burges (4 December 1847 – 25 September 1905) was an Australian pastoralist and politician who served in both houses of the Parliament of Western Australia. He was a member of the Legislative Council from 1894 to 1903, and then served in the Legislative Assembly from 1903 until his death.

Richard Burges
Member of the Legislative Council
of Western Australia
In office
16 July 1894 – March 1903
Preceded byNone (new seat)
Succeeded byAndrew Dempster
ConstituencyEast Province
Member of the Legislative Assembly
of Western Australia
In office
6 April 1903 – 25 September 1905
Preceded byFrederick Monger
Succeeded byFrederick Monger
Personal details
Born(1847-12-04)4 December 1847
York, Western Australia, Australia
Died25 September 1905(1905-09-25) (aged 57)
Gawler, South Australia, Australia

Burges was born in York, Western Australia, to Vittoria (née Meares) and Samuel Evans Burges. His older half-brother, Thomas Burges, was also a member of parliament, as were two of his uncles, William and Lockier Burges. Burges eventually took over Tipperary, his father's property near York, having earlier held various leases in the North-West. He was elected to the York Roads Board in 1882, and served until his death, including as chairman for a period. Burges entered parliament at the 1894 Legislative Council elections, as one of three members for the new East Province. He was re-elected in 1898, but resigned in March 1903 to contest a Legislative Assembly by-election for the seat of York, caused by the bankruptcy of Frederick Monger.[1] Burges won the by-election, and was subsequently re-elected at the 1904 state election.[2] He died in office in September 1905 (aged 57), having caught pneumonia while returning from a trip to the eastern states and then suffered heart failure.[3] Burges had married Mona Phillips in 1878, with whom he had seven children. Both his father-in-law, Samuel Pole Phillips, and brother-in-law, Samuel James Phillips, were also members of parliament.[1]


  1. ^ a b Richard Goldsmith Burges – Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 11 June 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.
  3. ^ "MR. R. G. BURGES, M.L.A.", The Daily News, 26 September 1905.