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Heidelberg’s Busy Bee Signature Quilt, 1895-96

Square M14

Quilt square M14


Sergt Burton


The person represented is Sergeant John Burton. He was stationed at the Heidelberg Police Station, 1887-1900.

Further information

John Burton (1847-1902) migrated from County Tyrone, Ireland, to Victoria in 1873. He joined the Police Force the next year and had various country and Melbourne postings before being sent to Heidelberg. There he competently dealt with cases of suicide, theft, common assault, public drunkenness, delinquent behaviour and disasters, including the flooding of an antimony mine in Templestowe where two men drowned. As the Inspector of Nuisances, Burton was also concerned with public health issues, such as the illegal dumping of night soil. In 1880 John Burton married (Mary) Emma Goold, daughter of a Burwood pioneering family. She is represented by two squares on the quilt [L2], [M12] . While stationed at Heidelberg, John, Emma and their six children lived in the police residence at 7 Jika Street, opposite the Presbyterian Church.

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