1990 – 1993
Francis Burt was born in Perth in 1918 and educated at Guildford Grammar School. He later studied law at the University of Western Australia. Sir Francis Burt is a patrilineal descendant of Western Australia’s first Chief Justice, Sir Archibald Burt (1861 – 1879).
Following service in the Second World War, Sir Francis, as a prominent Perth lawyer, founded the Bar in Western Australia in 1961 and, with others, he established the Bar Chambers in 1962. With his permission, these chambers have been named the Francis Burt Chambers in recognition of a great Western Australian and outstanding jurist.
He was married to Margaret Lloyd and they had two sons and two daughters.
Sir Francis held the offices of Judge of the Supreme Court of Western Australia between 1969 and 1977; Chief Justice of Western Australia between 1977 and 1988 and Lieutenant Governor of Western Australia between 1977 and 1990.
On 19 March 1990 he was appointed Governor of Western Australia, retiring on 31 October 1993.