Goldfields Involvement, 1854
Burnete was a member of the Independent California Rangers and was one of the digger leaders, and was present during the Eureka Stockade battle. He claimed to have killed Capt. Henry Wise with the first shot fired during the battle. 
Post 1854 Experiences
Corfield, J.,Wickham, D., & Gervasoni, C. The Eureka Encyclopaedia, Ballarat Heritage Services, 2004.
- Wickham, D., Gervasoni, C. & Phillipson, W., Eureka Research Directory, Ballarat Heritage Services, 1999.
- Blake, Gregory, To Pierce the Tyrant's Heart, Australian Military History Publications, 2009, p.213.