Who was James Burns?

29/03/2014 21:19

James Burns, the founder of the giant Burns Philp & Company Ltd, was born in Edinburgh in Scotland in 1846. James, and his elder brother John, arrived in Brisbane in December 1862. James worked as a jackeroo on several outback stations in southern Queensland and returned to Brisbane several years later to join his brother John who had since opened up a small grocery store in Brisbane. James later set up his own store in Gympie together with a partner, Robert Philp, and this was the beginning of a partnership that founded the giant empire of Burns Philp and Company Limited throughout Queensland and up into Thursday Island then throughout the Pacific Islands nations.

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