Wilhelm Gustav Kindermann (1855-1901)

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Wilhelm Gustav Kindermann



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From the Advertiser, Monday 7 October 1895:
By the death of Mr. Gustav Kindermann, who passed away at his residence, Hutt-street, early on Sunday morning, the colony loses one of its oldest and most respected German colonists. Few men were better known in the city than the deceased. For many years he has been the head of Kindermann's cafe, in Rundle-street, one of the best-known resorts of businessmen. And although he handed over the active management of the place to his two sons, Mr. William and Mr. Julius Kindermann, some years ago, the old gentleman never lost his interest in the cafe, but when ever his health permitted it was back in his accustomed seat, drinking his coffee, smoking his cigar, and chatting to his friends. Few men had more friends, for his kindly disposition endeared him to all. He was a model employer, kind and considerate to his employees. Some years back Mr. Kindermann had a paralytic stroke, and this led to his entrusting the conduct of the business to his sons. Since then he has resided in Hutt-street, but despite his infirmity was always able to get about. He was sturdy, active, and self-reliant, and on Saturday he drove to the West-terrace Cemetery and then proceeded to the East Park Lands to see the Steeplechase. On returning home he did not feel well and seemed restless. He retired to bed and at a quarter to 4 o'clock on Sunday morning he awoke and called Mr. Julius Kindermann, asking him to change his position on the bed. The son asked if he should send for a doctor and the old gentleman replied, "No, I am all right." At 4 o'clock he quietly breathed his last. The regret which his family and friends will feel at his death will be tempered by the fact that he lived to a ripe old age and passed away after a long and honorable career.
Mr. Gustav Kindermann was 70 years of age on May 9 last. He was born at Petershagen, near Minder, on the Weser, Germany, and arrived in Victoria in 1852. As was the case with many others, the goldfields attracted him and he proceeded to Bendigo, but did not remain long. In 1853 he crossed the border and came to Adelaide, reaching here towards the close of the year. He purchased a baker's business in Hindley-street from a Mr. Phillipi, next door to Mr. L. Conrad's well-known establishment. He stayed there until 1860, when he established the cafe in Rundle-street, where he has carried on business ever since. He married when in Hindley-street Miss Julia Bock, a daughter of Mr. Charles Bock, who at one time was connected with the Burra Burra mine. Mrs. Kindermann died on August 21, 1885. The deceased gentleman leaves two sons and three grandchildren. The late Mr. Kindermann was an honorary member of the German Club, an institution in which he always evinced a keen interest. He took up shares in the club in order to assist in the building of the Albert Hall and premises which that body now occupies and later on made the governing body a present of them. As a token of appreciation he was elected an honorary member five years ago. He was also an honorary member of the Deutscher Krankancaassan [sic], a benefit society. He took an interest in Freemasonry and was a member of the United Tradesmen's Lodge. Twelve years ago he retired from business. Two years after his retirement he had the attack previously mentioned and has suffered from partial paralysis ever since, and his death was due to stoppage of the heart's action. The late Mr. Kindermann paid a visit to Germany in 1872 and visited the Fatherland again in 1881.

The funeral takes place to-day at 4 o'clock at the West-terrace Cemetery. The flag at the German Club was flying at half-mast on Sunday out of respect to the deceased gentleman”[1]"


  1. "Death of Mr. G. Kindermann". The Advertiser. Adelaide, South Australia. 7 October 1895.

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