Francis Burt was born in Perth in 1918 and educated at Guildford Grammar School. He later studied law at the University of Western Australia.
Sir Francis served in the Royal Australian Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force during World War II.
He was admitted to the Bar in 1941 and appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1959. His next appointment was as a Justice of the Supreme Court from 1969 to 1977 and then Chief Justice from 1977 to 1988.
Sir Francis served as the chairman of the Queen Elizabeth Medical Centre Trust for nearly 20 years from 1966, and was a member of the University of Western Australia Senate from 1968 to 1976.
In 1977, Sir Francis was appointed Lieutenant-Governor of WA. Thirteen years later he became Governor.
He retired from the post in 1993 and currently resides in Perth.
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