How Did Leo Buring Get A Mention In A Mickey Mouse Cartoon?

How Did Leo Buring Get A Mention In A Mickey Mouse Cartoon?

My first cousin 3x removed Hermann Paul Leopold Buring, known simply as Leo Buring, is pictured below with Walt Disney. Leo is much better known for his wine making than he is for knowing Walt Disney and gifting him a pair of wallabies in 1934.

This was new information to my Mum, whether my Grandmother knew or not we don’t know, she never mentioned it. She would have been 17 at the time.

This is the passenger list for the S.S. Mariposa, Leo is the last person on the list. He is travelling from Sydney, Australia to the United States.

Left to right Walt Disney and Leo Buring, photo from Twitter

The Adelaide Advertiser reported on the gift. 1934 ‘OUR COUNTRY SECTION’, The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 – 1954), 19 November, p. 13. , viewed 17 Aug 2021,
1934 ‘Out among the People’, The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 – 1954), 20 November, p. 17. , viewed 17 Aug 2021,

The following year 1935 Walt names Leo in a short cartoon named Mickey’s Kangaroo.

Mickey’s Kangaroo

If you don’t know who Leo Buring was, here is a fairly good article There is just one error that I know of which I left them a comment about.

4 thoughts on “How Did Leo Buring Get A Mention In A Mickey Mouse Cartoon?

  • August 18, 2021 at 8:03 pm

    You’re a legend, Kylie. X

  • March 8, 2022 at 11:00 am

    Thanks Kylie, I found this very interesting especially my mother who I shared this with. She grew up at Chateau Leonay Tanunda and had met Leo Buring several times when she was young, she still has a photo of Leo on her mantelpiece in her home. Feel free to private message me if you’d like to get in contact with her, I’m sure she would have many wonderful stories to share.

    • March 8, 2022 at 11:28 am

      Hi John
      Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a message. I’m glad you and your Mum found it interesting. I’ll be in touch. Kylie

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