Buring Family Ancestors – A Brick Wall

Back row: (left to right) Adolph Heinrich Hermann, Minna Francesca and Ernst August. Middle row: Emil Ernst Paul, Mabel (wife of Hermann), Grandpapa Rudolph with Hermann’s son Franz Maurice on his knee, Lina Louisa Marie and Albert Gustav Adolph. Front row: Antoinette Hermine and Oscar Rudolph. This is copied from the back of the photograph.

Heinrich Franz Rudolph Buring (Grandpa Buring in the photo) with all of his children except Anna Augusta Elisabeth Buring who joined the Sisters of St Joseph (Sister Mary Carolus) in 1897.  This is the only photo which I have of Lieschen, as she was called by the family.  Thanks to Sr Katrina of the Sisters of St Joseph for the photo.

I’m having difficulty tracing Heinrich Franz Rudolph Buring’s forebears, as have other family researchers before me.  He came to South Australia with his parents Friedrich Adolph Buring and Caroline Henriette Auguste nee Jahn, and brothers, on the Princess Louise from Hamburg in 1849.  Friedrich was part of the Berlin Emigration Society, also known as the South Australian Colonisation Society.  His naturalisation papers state that he was a native of Berlin, Prussia. 

There is quite a bit of information, online and in books, about the Burings in Australia because of their contributions to South Australia and Australia as a whole.  Here is a quote from Di Cummings’ website Bound For South Australia which tells a little about the Berlin Emigration Society and the impact these people had on South Australia.

The story of the Princess Louise began in Berlin in the late 1840s, during a period of revolution. At that time, Europe, spurrred by the earlier French Revolution, was facing a period of change, revolt, and uprising. In Berlin, in 1848, Richard Schomburgk, a gardener who had established a reputation as a botantist, and his physician brother, Otto, saw that there was little hope of their dream of democracy being achieved and, by 1849, a period of repression began. … The brothers formed a migration group, calling it the Berlin Emigration Society (other references say: South Australian Colonisation Society), and made plans to leave the Fatherland for a new start in Australia. …
So, in March, 1849, the Society chartered the PRINCESS LOUISE and set sail for Adelaide with a new wave of refugees, arriving in Port Adelaide on 7 August 1849. The Society was largely comprised of professional men, businessmen and skilled artisans, and has been called “the single most important group of German intellectuals to come to Adelaide”.

This is a snippet from the Australian Dictionary of Biography Online regarding Heinrich Franz Rudolph’s brother Theodor Gustav Hermann Buring.

BURING, THEODOR GUSTAV HERMANN (1846?-1919), store-keeper and vigneron, was born in Berlin, son of Friedrich Adolph Buring and his wife Caroline Henriette Auguste. He arrived in South Australia with his parents in the Princess Louise from Hamburg in August 1849. In Adelaide his father set up a brass-founding business with Ernst Fischer but died on 3 December 1856 at 40. Hermann and his brother Heinrich Franz Rudolph, later a well-known Adelaide tobacconist, were educated at R. C. Mitton and J. C. Hansen’s school at Pulteney Street, Adelaide. Hermann, who early showed marked business ability, was then sent to the country where he worked as a store-keeper for nine years and for three in a distillery at Seppeltsfield in the Barossa valley. After his marriage to Lina Dohrenwendt on 22 April 1871 he opened a store in Friedrichswalde (Tarnma) near Kapunda. For nine years he was agent there for Spring Vale wines which from 1869 were managed by his brother-in-law Carl Sobels.

 If you have any ideas on how I might break through this brick wall and find birth records for Heinrich Franz Rudolph Buring and his brothers Paul and Theodor Gustav Hermann Buring as well as their ancestors, please leave me a comment as I am keen to find out more about the fascinating Burings!


  1. […] There is more that I could write about Rudolph but I’ll save that for another post.  Other blog posts I’ve written about the Burings https://blog.kyliesgenes.com/2012/04/solving-a-mystery/ https://blog.kyliesgenes.com/2011/10/adelaider-liedertafel/ https://blog.kyliesgenes.com/2010/12/buring-family-ancestors-a-brick-wall/ […]

    • Hullo – I am trying to locate a photograph of Adolph Wilhelm Rudolph (Rudi) Buring (1872-1950) – who was a Vice-President of the (Royal) SA Society of Arts 1928-49. older son of Theodor Gustav Hermann Buring (1846?−1919), wine-merchant and founder of Quellthaler (later Quelltaler) Wines. His grandfather, Friedrich Adolph Buring, and his wife Caroline Henriette Auguste, had emigrated in 1849 with their young son. Hermann’s brother, Heinrich Franz Rudolph, later a well-known Adelaide tobacconist, F. Armbruster & Uhlmann, and was President of the Commercial Travellers’ Association.
      We are preparing a history of the Society this year and would like to include a feature on Rudi – there is a lovely example of his art in the State Library we would like to include. If you can help with a photo it would be greatly appreciated.

  2. admin

    Hi Adam
    Rudi Buring is my first cousin 3x removed. I’m descended from Heinrich Franz Rudolph Buring. Unfortunately I don’t have any photos of Rudi but there is one in the State Library which you should be able to get permission to use. http://collections.slsa.sa.gov.au/resource/B+36689/7
    I’m very interested in the history of the society you’re preparing, what format will it be in, a book or articles for newsletter or website? If you have any other questions my email address is kira0030 at gmail.com
    Kind regards Kylie

  3. Scott Virgo

    Hi Kylie

    did you ever find a decent photo of Rudi ? We are also chasing one due to his links to the Gramp Family at Orlando and would appreciate any photo that you have to place in our records as he was supposedly like a mentor to Colin Gramp after his father Hugo Gramp was killed in 1938. We may have photos in our possession that you may not have as well but are trying to find them. Cheers Scott

    • kira0030

      Hi Scott
      Thanks for getting in touch. The only photo of Rudi is the one I linked to above which the State Library has. My email is kira0030 at gmail.com if you would like to contact me directly.

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