Alfred Burgess served as PSA president of the Association for six years, from 1928 until 1934
He had been a member of the PSA executive since 1916. Burgess was president during the most difficult years the union and its members had yet faced. In October 1929 the Wall Street share market collapsed, an event that triggered the Great Depression. In 1931the Government cut public service salaries by 10%
In April 1928 the PSA had decided to start a 'money club', which came to be called the Public Service Investment Society. Its aim was to rescue public servants from the clutches of money lenders. Alfred Burgess, the incoming PSA president, became the first chairman of the PSIS board of management.
Alfred Burgess retired from the public service in 1935. He was made a Life member of the PSA in 1937. He died in 1955.