RESPECTED: Sir Walter Burnett was a grand master of the Freemason's Grand Lodge in Queensland.
RESPECTED: Sir Walter Burnett was a grand master of the Freemason's Grand Lodge in Queensland. Contributed

Maleny and Ekka identity dies aged 95

A MALENY identity who was at the helm of Brisbane's famous Ekka for years has died aged 95.

Sir Walter Burnett was president of the Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Association - the RNA Show - from 1983 until 1997.

Sir Walter was born and bred at Maleny where his parents ran the Maleny Hotel.

After attending the Anglican Church Grammar School - Churchie - in Brisbane as a boarder, Wally, as he was known, returned to Maleny and established himself as a pharmacist.

 

Sir Walter Burnett, or Wally Burnett, as he was then known, had a newsagency and pharmacy in Maleny.
Sir Walter Burnett, or Wally Burnett, as he was then known, had a newsagency and pharmacy in Maleny. Contributed

He opened a combined newsagency and chemist shop in 1944, living in a residence at the rear, according to an article by a member of the Burnett family on the Maleny Historical Society's website.

After observing a need for a pharmacy at Beerwah, he opened a chemist shop there in 1966, and with faith in the future of Maleny and district, built a new chemist shop next to the newsagency.

 

The chemist shop in Maleny built by Wally Burnett, or Sir Walter Burnett as he became known. Next to it is the original combined chemist and newsagency building.
The chemist shop in Maleny built by Wally Burnett, or Sir Walter Burnett as he became known. Next to it is the original combined chemist and newsagency building. Contributed

He became involved in the Maleny Show Society, where he acceded to the role of president and later supported as a patron.

He went on to become president of the RNA Show and a building at the Brisbane showgrounds was named after him although it was removed during redevelopment.

His role as a leader extended to the Freemasons, where he was a Grand Master at the United Grand Lodge of Queensland.

Sir Walter's funeral was held at the Churchie chapel in East Brisbane on Friday.


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