We are pleased to provide an outstanding education at H.W. Burgess
Public School for our students. Innovative programs that meet the needs
of all our students are taught by our dedicated and professional staff
who care about your child. Our school provides extra-curricular
opportunities that encourage the development of excellence, integrity
Our Board is focused on literacy and numeracy achievement and
creating an environment where we are working together on our goal of
success for every student. We also value the community partnerships and
parent involvement which are so crucial to a successful education for
1878-Jul-14 to 1972-May-06
Born in 1878, Herbert Burgess attended school in the Wallaceburg area and
earned a teacher’s certificate. During his early years, he worked at his
father’s grocery store and on the family farm, saving his money diligently.
In 1905, at the age of 27, Herbert was able to embark on his dream,
feeling that Canada was ready for its own brass industry. His company was
known over time as “Wallaceburg Brass Iron Manufacturing Company Limited”,
“Wallaceburg Brass” and eventually “Waltec”. A lifelong leaner, Herbert
continually adapted his manufacturing process in an effort to uphold his
- to provide a quality product,
- to be a fair employer,
- to have integrity in business dealings and
- to remember the importance of community and civic duty
As his business grew, so did his personal fortune. With his sense of
service to the community, ever at the forefront of his thoughts, H.W.
Burgess was instrumental in many significant community developments.
The Sydenham and District Hospital was his crowning achievement.
In 1972, a few hours after completing a full day’s work at the office,
Herbert Burgess died. He was 93 years old. His impact on the Wallaceburg
area earned him the affectionate name of “Mr. Wallaceburg”.
H.W. Burgess Public School, built in 1955, was given its name as a
tribute to his many contributions to the community.