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Cohen, Lady Elma (1883–1946)

from Australian Jewish Historical Society Journal

Elma, wife of Sir Samuel Cohen, Knight, was born on July 1st, 1883. She was 63 at the time of her death in Sydney on January 11th, 1946. She was the daughter of the late Alfred D. Hart and his wife, Elizabeth. He was the son of Samuel Hart, an English merchant, who arrived here on a British passport dated December 29th, 1857. He settled in Adelaide as a wholesale merchant, and married a sister of the late Sir Benjamin Benjamin. Her father married Elizabeth, daughter of the late Hon. Edward Cohen, Minister for Customs for Victoria, and a former Mayor of Melbourne.

She was educated, firstly at a Convent, and afterwards at a Presbyterian Ladies' College, at which she was a prize-winner. She married, at the age of eighteen in 1901, Samuel Sydney Cohen, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. George Judah Cohen, and her three children survived her—Major George Jocelyn Cullen, M.B.E.; Helen Elizabeth, wife of Captain Keith Moss; and Lieut.-Colonel Paul Alfred Cullen, D.S.O.

During the war she was associated with Comforts Funds, and was a member of the Committee of the Lady Gowrie Child Centre, and was also on the Women's Auxiliary of the Great Synagogue.

Lady Cohen was a foundation member of the Australian Jewish Historical Society.

Original publication

  • Australian Jewish Historical Society Journal, vol 2, part 5, p 287

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'Cohen, Lady Elma (1883–1946)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 6 May 2016.

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