Rescued From Drowning

30 January 1924 Brighton Beach, Adelaide, South Australia, Meta and Edel Buring were swimming when they got into difficulties. Meta Caroline and Edelgarde Adele Buring are my first cousins 3x removed.

1924 ‘RESCUED LADIES’ GRATITUDE.’, The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 – 1929), 22 March, p. 8. , viewed 16 Aug 2021,

1930 ‘BRAVE RESCUE REMEMBERED BY THOSE SAVED’, The Register News-Pictorial (Adelaide, SA : 1929 – 1931), 22 January, p. 5. , viewed 16 Aug 2021,

Aboard The Princess Louise

My Buring ancestors came to South Australia aboard the Princess Louise from Hamburg, Germany in 1849. They were part of the Berlin Emigration Society who chartered the ship. Carl Linger, music director, composer and teacher, was also aboard with his wife Minna. Below is an excerpt of a letter home which he wrote. It outlines the journey aboard ship.

We left Hamburg on 23rd March 1849 and were at sea next day. The first few days on board are the worst: you haven’t settled down; you can’t get used to the available space and there is much disorder. The food and other things are strange but all this changes after you have been at sea a while. On 27th March, at 4 o’ clock in the afternoon, my wife happily gave birth to a healthy girl. It was in the North Sea near the Island of Texel, latitude 53 – 50 North and longitude 5 – 4 East of Greenwich, whilst the seas were running high. The small creature was received with three hearty cheers by the passengers and crew, whilst the ship the “Princess Louise ” had to be festively flagged.

Without anything-noteworthy happening, we reached the South American coast on the day before Whit- Sunday, and towards evening, we entered the Harbour of Rio de Janeiro. I shall not embark on a description of the noble beauty and attraction of this spot, otherwise my letter might become many pages in length. Here we, passengers for the most part, left the ship. For ourselves, I rented a rural dwelling on the hills, from where I could overlook the city and the splendid Harbour with its bay. Here we lived for 10 days in the enjoyment of nature and went on short excursions into the hills. Up to now our journey had been rather
slow but from this point on, things moved all the faster and a strong wind carried us quite close to the tip of Africa. The Cape of Good Hope was doubled during a moderate storm. Without untoward occurrences, we sailed past Kangaroo Island and entered Port Adelaide on 7th. August. Ours was an exceptionally long voyage, for which the blame lay partly with the captain’s carelessness and partly with the quarrel between him and the helmsman. Other ships after us often made the journey in 90 days and even in 78 – 82 days from England.

Carl writes in a very matter of fact style, especially about his daughter’s birth. I feel sorry for his wife as she “happily gave birth” on a ship. I haven’t written much about the famous Carl Linger because I’m more interested in his account of the journey from Germany to South Australia. I had no idea that the passengers stayed in Rio for 10 days. It must have been a welcome break from ship board life. My 2x great grandfather, Heinrich Franz Rudolph Buring, and his brothers would have loved the time ashore so that they could run around and play.

Young Sea Dog Seeking Adventure – Trove Tuesday

I searched Trove for the words Buring tobacconist (my 2x great grandfather Heinrich Franz Rudolph Buring was a tobacconist in Adelaide, South Australia) to see what I might find and the following article resulted.  This is something I never knew about and a totally unexpected result from a search for tobacconists.

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Phillip Rushton Buring is my first cousin twice removed.  I did a Google search on the Lawhill and was surprised to find results including this photo and wikipedia page.

the four masted barque lawhill

The Barque Lawhill, photo courtesy of the State Library of Victoria

It turns out this is a fairly well known ship.

From the SA Memory website

The Lawhill was one of the many ships involved in the Australian grain trade. Before that she had carried jute and then case oil for the Anglo-American Oil Company before being bought by Gustaf Erikson in 1917. After her first voyage for Erikson to South America he placed the ship in the South Australian grain trade and she continued in this right through the Second World War. However in 1941 she was taken over by the South African government and ended her career in 1947 under the South African Blue Ensign. From this we may assume that the date on the photograph is incorrect.

Lawhill was a steel four masted, bald-headed, stump-topgallant barque, a consistent sailer which earned the name the ‘Lucky Lawhill’; between 1921-39 Lawhill made 14 voyages to the Spencer Gulf with an average sailing time of 121 days.


There are terrific pictures of a scale model of the Lawhill on this site

Another Trove article

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I haven’t been able to find Phillip’s apprenticeship records yet or the details of his service on the Lawhill, but I will continue searching.

Phillip Rushton Buring

Phillip Rushton Buring – not sure how old he is in this photo.

I just found this photo which I had forgotten I had.

Phillip and his brother Ralph went into the tobacconist shop following after their father and grandfather.  I’ve also found more articles, with this search, for further Trove Tuesday posts.

Trove Tuesday

I hope this is a sign of things to come in 2013.  I found this newspaper clipping about the burial of Ferdinand Gustav Buring my 4x great Uncle.

Finding out about Ferdinand Gustav is helping me find out more about our Buring ancestors in Germany who have been a big brick wall in my research.  It’s gradually coming down now though, piece by piece.

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Dropsy is the reason given for Ferdinand’s death but without further details it is unknown whether this was a heart condition or something else.  I’m hoping to get a photo of his headstone, if he had one.


Probate Notice for Ferdinand Gustav Buring

Probate Notice for Ferdinand Gustav Buring

The Argus  Tuesday 10 August 1880, page 8  Trove


Royal Adelaide Show Archives

When I was looking at the map of the showgrounds for the Royal Adelaide Show last week I came across a building labelled Archives.  Whilst at the show I visited the Archives knowing that H Buring and Sobels had exhibits of their wines there over the years.

It was a pleasant surprise to find this cup in one of the display cabinets!!

Wine Show 1915 Silver Cup

Wine Show 1915 Silver Cup



Silver Cup awarded to H Buring & Sobels

Silver Cup awarded to H Buring & Sobels


I’d never thought of looking here for genealogical information before.  Now that I know the Archives exist I’d like to make a time to go and search them more thoroughly.  There may be other family treasures hidden within!

An old dodgem car and passenger

An old Dodgem Car and Passenger


Old laughing clown game

Old Laughing Clown Game


Have you found any information about your ancestors in rural or state show memorabilia or archives?


Großvater Buring

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.

Picture of Heinrich Franz Rudolph Buring

Heinrich Franz Rudolph Buring President of the Adelaider Liedertafel

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 ‘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!!

Inside cover page Quelltaler


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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.

Photo of Heinrich Franz Rudolph Buring

Photograph from Rudolph’s Obituary


photo of Adelaide Unitarian Church marriage register

The Unitarian Christian Church’s marriage register
Rudolph’s marriage to Maria Rubeni

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


My Next Blog Post

will be about Rudolph Buring’s niece Blanka Buring.