George Burgess born 1829 in Staple Hill, Bristol travelled to America just a year after leaving school to finish his apprenticeship as a stonemason, but while out there picked up the knowledge in Phrenology. In 1861, two years after his return to England he used this knowledge to set himself up as a Phrenologist in the Arcades, Bristol where he practiced his profession for the next 40 years until his retirement in 1901.
George Burgess left school at the age of 14, in his own words 'A poor scholar', but nevertheless had a love for reading and became a prolific writer. During his life he collected over 500 Victorian Newspaper articles which he stuck into his scrapbook. He wrote a number of poems, many such as 'Wanted a Barmaid' being humours. He also wrote about his religious thoughts and put his life history his in his diary.
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