My 2x great grandfather Heinrich Franz Rudolph Buring was addressed by his grandchildren as Großvater the formal German term Grandfather. Born 25 Aug 1844 in Berlin, Prussia he came to South Australia with his parents and brothers on the Princess Louise in 1849.
In 1858 at the age of 13 he went to work for tobacconists F. Armbruster & Uhlmann as an errand boy. Working his way up Rudolph became a partner in 1878 and sole proprietor in 1897.
My cousin Ian was wondering what had happened to the Buring Pipe Collection and I found out today while I was searching Trove!! Although on Trove it is listed as the ‘Burning’ Pipe Collection I know that it is the right one because of the blurb.
The collection is a link to German migration to South Australia, and to commercial enterprise in Adelaide rather than the better known activities on the land and in the wine industry. At its height the collection was reputed to be third or fourth largest in the pipe collecting world, and was well known amongst pipe collectors. ‘Buring’s Tobacconists’ became an iconic location and business in the development of Rundle Street as a commercial centre of Adelaide. The bulk of the collection was loaned for display at the Hahndorf Academy from the 1990s through to 2009. Attitudes towards smoking have changed so much in recent years that interpretation of the collection in future displays will be quite different.
The materials from which these pipes are made include white clay, meerschaum clay, cherrywood, briar wood, maple, staghorn, porcelain, bone, metal, gourds, and even crab claws. The dominating style of pipe is European, but there are examples from Africa and Asia, including opium pipes. The collection was first started by Emil Buring who took over the family business ‘Buring’s Tobacconist’ on Rundle St in 1923. He built on stock accumulated since 1853 when a cigar merchant from Hamburg named Uhlmann first opened the tobacconist shop which was sold on to Rudolph Buring. Emil’s sons Philip and Ralph took over the business after the Second World War and Philip Buring further developed the collection.
The Buring pipe collection consists of approximately 200 pieces dating from the 1850s to 1980. It includes a wide variety of pipes and smoking related items, ranging from the small and simple to the large and very ornate.
The pipe collection is stored at the Migration Museum in Adelaide, South Australia where I live so I’ve got the curator’s email address and will be making a time to go and see it some time. They said they are currently very busy so hopefully in a few weeks time.
It’s funny that it should mention (above) the achievements of other German emigrants on the land and in the wine industry as Rudolph’s brother is Theodor Gustav Hermann Buring of H. Buring and Sobels fame. Another find today via Google is this book on ebay.com.au ‘A History of H Buring & Sobels LTD which I bought straight away because I’ve always wanted a copy. I’ve seen it in the State Library and now I’ll have my own copy!! Yay!!
There is an error in this obituary in that Rudolph and Maria married at his Mum’s house and not at St. Andrews Church at Walkerville.
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/
My Next Blog Post
will be about Rudolph Buring’s niece Blanka Buring.