Burton, Walter F. (family)

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Burton, Walter F. (family)

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Walter Francis Burton (1861-1940) was born in Lincoln, England. He married Elizabeth “Bessie” Audley Paterson Fox (1871-1942), before immigrating to Canada and settling in Victoria in the early 1890s. Burton was an avid hunter and sportsman who had a great interest in the birds of British Columbia. He documented and collected bird specimens and eggs and eventually donated his collection to the Provincial Museum. Burton died in Victoria in 1940.

Elizabeth Burton was born in Kildare County, Ireland, to Robert Paterson Fox (1835-1878) and Marion Jee. Paterson Fox was a Major with the XI Hussars, a cavalry regiment of the British Army.

The Burtons had two children, Iris Olga (1895-1934) and Eric Audley (1897-1971). Iris Burton married Alan McAnally in 1929 and passed away five years later. Eric Burton married Mary Rattenbury, daughter of prominent Victoria architect F.M. Rattenbury, in 1930. The couple had one daughter, Susan in 1933.


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