CYCLOPEDIA OF NZ 1906
Nelson, Marlborough and Westland
Mr. D. Burn
BURN, D., Plumber and Tinsmith, Wakefield. Mr. Burn was born in Nelson in 1848. He is a son of Mr. Robert Burn, who came out in 1842 by the ship `Bolton.' Mr. Burn was apprenticed to the tinsmithing and plumbing business under the tuition of his father, Mr. Robert Burn. After serving his apprenticeship he was taken into the business as a partner, and the firm was thenceforth styled Messrs. R. Burn and Son. After carrying on business for some time, Mr. Burn was able to buy his father's
share in the partnership. For many years he successfully traded on his own account until he decided to try Wellington, then Blenheim, and finally Wakefield, where he has been settled for about twenty-two years. Mr. Burn is a member of the Wakefield school committee, and held the position of chairman for some years. He is the president and honorary secretary of the Sparrow Club, and helps all cricket, rifle, rowing and athletic clubs in the province. He was senior petty officer in the old Nelson Navals, now the Nelson Rifles, and was for some time secretary of the Trafalgar Lodge of Druids at Wakefield. Mr. Burn's eldest son is a saddler, and the second is a brewer.