Thomas James Burbury (1859-1931)
Grandson of the transported convict Thomas Burbury, Thomas James Burbury pioneered the breeding of Shropshire sheep on his Park Farm property at Jericho. He was possibly the most successful breeder in Australia.
The Shropshire boom led Australia’s greatest expansion of the sheep meat industry. Before 1900 only about 20,000 carcasses were exported. Within ten years the numbers had increased to several millions.
Like his father and grandfather Thomas James also took a keen interest in public and local affairs. He was a municipal councillor for 25 years, and a warden for four terms. He was also chairman of the local Court of Petty Sessions and a church warden at St. James’ Church, Jericho.