F. G. Burnett
Miller; Corn, seed & cake Factor; Maltster & Wine &
- Location: Calstone Mill,
Francis Gilbert Burnett
was born in Huntspill, Somerset, early in 1840. His father was John Burnett
who kept a general store in Turnpike Road, Huntspill with his wife Ann.
Francis (Frank) had an older sister Mary, and older brothers John and James
who were draper and ironmonger respectively, whilst Frank was still at
school. Frank's next oldest brother, Oliver
Jennings Burnett, became a grocer and wine & spirit merchant in
New Road, Chippenham, also an agent for W. & A. Gilbey's.
Frank married his wife Mary, third daughter of Mr. W. H.
Rixson of Chippenham on 31st January 1866, by the Rev. John Rich, at
Chippenham Parish Church, however the couple were living still in Huntspill
at Samel Cottage, Bristol Road, until 1871 where Frank was a wine merchant.
They had children: Francis Rixson Burnett, born in Burnham in 1867, bapt.
14th June; Harriet Anne Burnett, b.Huntspill, 1868; Harold Jennings Burnett,
b. Huntspill, 1871. By 1871 Frank's elder brother John was also a wine and
spirit merchant, on the Highbridge road.
In 1872 the couple acquired Calstone Mills at Calne, this
was both a steam and watermill, running 4 pairs of stones. Frank and Mary
had more children in Calstone: Alexander Gilbert, b.1872; Ralph Maurice,
b.1874; Daisy Blanche, b.1876; William Henry Rixon, b.1878; Walter John
Davis, b. 7th Feb. 1880. Frank's seventh son Stafford Septimus was born in
1885. Unfortunately Frank's beloved wife Mary died towards the end of 1886,
aged just 46. Whilst Frank still operated his wine & spirit business
from the premises until at least 1886, he took on the task of managing the
mill and a small dairy. By May 1872 he was advertising for an odd job man,
and by 7th June he decided he needed a competent miller in all aspects of
the trade. He was advertising again in October 1874 for both a miller and a
spoutsman. It seems good millers were scarce and by now Frank had a better
idea as to what was required. By October 1883 he was advertising for a
carter and a boy to work as an apprentice. By 1886 Frank was trading as F.
G. Burnett & Co. and in 1888 marketing a product called "Lactina", a
patent milk substitute for calves.
On Thursday 29th August 1889, the mill was advertised in
the Devizes & Wiltshire Gazette: "To be let, with immediate possession,
Calstone Mill, near Calne, fitted with four pairs of stones, smutter,
elevator, etc. also two cottages, and 20a. 2r. 15p. of rich pasture land.
Incoming easy. - For further particulars apply to the occupier, Mr. F. G.
Burnett, or Mr. T. Lavington, auctioneer & valuer, Marlborough." Frank
had already been selling off his cattle as he was planning to leave. The
rest of the cattle and mill contents, household furniture, etc. were sold on
Monday 24th March 1890. Frank was to depart for Australia.
Frank was presented with a farewell gift of a travelling
clock as a token of esteem and regard by the local parishioners of
Blacklands & Calstone (where Frank had been churchwarden) in March 1890.
Frank and all the children, except eldest son Francis, departed from
Plymouth as cabin passengers aboard the Ormuz, to Sydney on 23rd May 1890.
Frank married again on 23rd Oct. 1895 to Elizabeth Saxty
(1847-1933), in Ormiston, Queensland, Australia. The couple lived at
Wellington Point, Oxley, Queensland. He died on 24th Dec. 1920 in Yandina,
|4 Gallon Stone Jar
|2 tone straight sided jar
impressed: 4 / F. G. BURNETT / Wine & Spirit Merchant /
CALSTONE / CALNE
Potter:Price + Bristol
Photo courtesy: Tony Hughes.
Flagons from John Burnett, the father:
|6 Gallon Stoneware Flagon
|Large round 2 tone jar
impressed: John Burnett / Wine Merchant / Huntspill /
Potter:C. & J. Price / Manufacturers / Bristol
Photo courtesy: Kane Sloan.
|Half Gallon Stoneware Flagon
|2 tone straight sided
jar impressed: JOHN BURNETT & Co / HIGHBRIDGE
Potter: Powell Bristol
Photo courtesy: Kane Sloan
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