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George Burnes

George Burnes

George Gordon Burnes (11 July 1866 – 9 February 1949) was a businessman and first-class cricketer in New Zealand.

George Burnes
Personal information
Full nameGeorge Gordon Burnes
Born(1866-07-11)11 July 1866
St Kilda, Victoria, Australia
Died9 February 1949(1949-02-09) (aged 82)
Christchurch, New Zealand
Domestic team information
1883-84 to 1886-87Wellington
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 6
Runs scored 90
Batting average 9.00
100s/50s 0/0
Top score 32
Balls bowled
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 2/0
Source: Cricinfo, 27 September 2015

Personal life and business career

The son of Adam Burnes, who was the first general manager of the National Bank of New Zealand, George had five brothers and a sister.[1] He attended Wellington College, Wellington.[2]

Burnes was the Australian Mutual Provident Society's district manager in Invercargill, and then served as manager in Christchurch for 13 years until his retirement in 1930 after 49 years' service with the company.[3][4] He and his wife Anna had one child, a daughter who died in her teens.[5]

Cricket career

Burnes played six first-class matches for Wellington between 1884 and 1887. His highest score was 32, when he top-scored against Auckland in his last first-class match in 1887.[6]

After moving to Invercargill in 1887 he immediately became the district's best player: in the 1887–88 season he was the top run-scorer in Invercargill (331 runs), with the highest batting average (41.37), took 33 wickets at the best bowling average (3.69), and made the first century in Invercargill cricket.[7] He was one of the founders of the Southland Cricket Association in 1892.[8] He captained the Southland representative team in the 1890s. In Southland's first representative match after the formation of the association, he top-scored with 34 against Otago.[9] The match against Otago remained an annual event until the 1980s. In 1895-96 Burnes captained Southland to their first victory in the series.[10]

Against the Australian touring team in 1896–97, his innings of 18 was the only double-figure score made by any of the Southland XXII.[11] Still the captain, he also top-scored with 47 for a Southland XIII against Queensland two months later.[12]

He was selected to tour Australia with the New Zealand team in 1898-99 but was unable to make the trip.[13]


  1. Evening Post, 20 May 1914, p. 7.
  2. "Old boys meet in London". Press: 11. 12 January 1933.
  3. The Press, 30 March 1935, p. 13.
  4. "Forty-nine years' service: Mr G. G. Burnes retires". Press: 13. 8 May 1930.
  5. "George Gordon Burnes". Burness Genealogy and Family History. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  6. "Auckland v Wellington 1886-87". CricketArchive. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  7. "Notes by Slip". Otago Witness: 26. 5 October 1888.
  8. Southland Times, 18 November 1892, p. 2.
  9. Southland Times, 22 February 1894, p. 2.
  10. Southland Times, 21 February 1896, p. 2.
  11. "Southland v Australians 1896-97". CricketArchive. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  12. "Southland v Queensland 1896-97". CricketArchive. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  13. Don Neely & Richard Payne, Men in White: The History of New Zealand International Cricket, 1894–1985, Moa, Auckland, 1986, p. 40.
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