George William Burrows was born at 'Crosby', Prospect, Launceston, on 10 Nov 1878, the youngest of five children of Henry Burrows, a horse dealer from Bath, England, (1821-1906), and his wife Elizabeth Heath. George started earning his living at an early age and in 1906 he purchased a 200-acre property at North Scottsdale which he named 'Blackwood Park'. He was noted throughout Tasmania as a breeder of draughthorses. He was well-known in every show ring in the state and also exhibited at Sydney and Melbourne. He travelled to New Zealand and England to purchase stock. George was a hard worker and shrewd businessman and was highly successful.
George married Amelia Elizabeth George, of Hadspen, on 18 Nov 1908 at St John's Church, Launceston. They had two children, Millicent Emerald born on 5 Nov 1909, and Trevor Raymond. Amelia died aged 49 on 27 Apr 1935. George later married Gladys May Lyon and they had a son George in Aug 1942.
George senior died tragically aged 65 on 15 Nov 1943 when a dray he was driving capsized and crushed his skull. He was buried at the Ellesmere Cemetery with his first wife. He left a wife, daughter Millie Ranson, sons Trevor (who inherited 'Blackwood Park') and 15-month-old George.