ACT Heritage Library Manuscript Collection

HMSS 0172 Claude Ambrose Burns Papers

Scope and content notes

Call Number

HMSS 0172


Claude Ambrose Burns Papers

Date Range



0.8m (1 oversized box)

Access Conditions


Copying Conditions

with attribution

Related Collections

HMSS 0372 Canberra Club Limited Records
HMSS 0372 Canberra Anglers Association Records 

Claude Ambrose Burns came to Canberra in 1926.  He was employed by the Canberra Times as a linotype operator, eventually becoming a journalist on the paper.

Burns became the First Brother in the Canberra Times Chapel of the Printers’ Union (records 1928-1931 held at the Noel Butlin Archives, ANU).  He was active in the Hibernian Australian Catholic Benefit Society (HACBS), a Catholic Friendly Society, of which he was foundation Secretary Canberra, serving from 1927 to January 1937. 

Burns played grade cricket in Canberra for the North Canberra and Northbourne Clubs.  A noted bowler, he was also handy with the bat and was still playing competitively in 1948.  He was also involved in Rugby League in the ACT, and was Treasurer of the Group Eight Rugby Football League in 1950.

Burns operated as an SP bookie, running bets by telephone out of his house in Fawkner Crescent, Ainslie.  He was fined for illegal betting in August 1937.

He maintained RSL and Canberra Club membership.  He was a long-serving secretary of the Canberra Club.

Burns married Kathleen May Slattery in Sydney in 1925.  They had one child, a son, John Ambrose born Orange, NSW, 11 November 1925.  Kathleen died in Canberra in May 1940, and is buried at Woden Cemetery.

The Burns Family lived first in Lister Street, Ainslie but soon settled permanently at 13 Fawkner Street, Braddon.

Claude died on 11 July 1985 and is buried at Gungahlin Cemetery.

Another small collection of personal papers is held by the National Library of Australia.

Box List

Box No Description Quantity Date Range
1 Digitised photograph of Hibernian Society Delegates digging at Federal Capital Site May 1912  1 CD May 1912

Photograph of attendees. HACBS Triennial Meeting at Canberra, 1912
Timber framed photographic print


May 1912


Illuminated address to Brother Claude A. Burns, Secretary from Our Lady Help of Christians, No. 770, HACBS
Timber framed illuminated address

1 12 July 1932