Buninyong Tannery

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On 13 August 1860 Herbert Henry Burrington purchased the Buninyong Tannery site. Burrington came from a long line of tanners and curriers in Crediton, Devon, and had immigrated to Victoria in 1852. Around 1856, he established a tannery in Ballarat, between Sturt St. and Wendouree Parade. He sold this to James Lang, and established the tannery at Buninyong. [1]


Early in 1862 the tannery was sold to Andrew Charles Davies, saddler, who had been in Ballarat and Buninyong since the early 1850s. Davies was in Buninyong in 1854. An Advertisement in the Ballarat Times of 21 October 1854 lists 'Davies and Sons, saddlers, harness makers and leather sellers, Lydiard St. and next to the Crown Hotel, Buninyong.' In the 1865 Buninyong Directory, Davies and Sons are listed as ‘tanners’, and George Coyle is the manager of the tannery in Learmonth St.[2]

The tannery operated until around 1920.


On the Union Jack Creek, Buninyong


Community Involvement

Works Produced

The tannery produced kangaroo, rabbit and goat skins.[3]

Workplace Relations

The People

The Buninyong tannery was established by Andrew Davies and William Graham. [4]

By 1886 the tannery was employing 35-40 people, and were exporting 20 bales of leather to England each month. [5]

DEATH - On the 5th May, Mr James Lang (late proprietor of the Ballarat Tannery), at his residence, Sturt street, Ballarat. (Glasgow papers please copy.)[6]


See also

Recommended Reading


  1. http://home.vicnet.net.au/~buninhis/newsletters/12_aug.pdf
  2. http://home.vicnet.net.au/~buninhis/newsletters/12_aug.pdf
  3. Griffiths, Tom, Three Times Blest, Buninyong Historical Society, 1988.
  4. Griffiths, Tom, Three Times Blest, Buninyong Historical Society, 1988.
  5. Griffiths, Tom, Three Times Blest, Buninyong Historical Society, 1988.
  6. Ballarat Star, 24 May 1865.

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--Beth Kicinski 14:21, 25 July 2012 (EST), --C.K.Gervasoni 18:31, 20 May 2014 (EST)

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