Bruce T Burne OAM (1926-2011)
Bruce T Burne, pioneering archivist in the Pacific Islands, Africa and Australia, died on 19 May 2011. Bruce was brought up in Kew, Melbourne, and was the second son of Sir Lewis Charles Burne and Florence Mary Stafford. He was educated in Catholic schools and took an early interest in literature and history, helping out during vacations at the Central Catholic Library in Collins Street under its scholarly custodian Fr WP Hackett SJ. There he engaged in discussions with the library's patrons, including the prolific commentator and historian Denys Jackson, which encouraged Bruce's historical and political curiosity.