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Cohen, Lewis (1831–1903)

The death is announced of a very old and respected colonist in the person of Mr. Louis [Lewis] Cohen, who died at his residence, "Kiora," 23 Upper William-street, Sydney, on Sunday last, October 25th 1903, 5th Cheavan 5664, aged 72 years. Deceased was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Cohen and was born at Paddington, England in 1831, a few years before they came to Australia with their family of whom there are now surviving, Mrs. D. L. Levy (widow of the late Mr. D. L. Levy, solicitor, Sydney), and Mrs. H. Marks, Challis-avenue. On 22nd March 1854, the late Mr. Louis Cohen was married by the late Rev. Mr. Isaacs, to the sister of Mr. S. Frankel, secretary of the Great Synagogue, Sydney.

Mr. Cohen conducted a very successful auctioneering business for some years, but latterly had devoted his time to land agencies. He always took a lively interest in religious observance, and attended synagogue with great regularity. In 1885 he was elected to a seat on the Board of Management of the Great Synagogue, and held the office for 12 months. On 3rd March 1887, Mrs. Cohen died. Of her family of seven daughters six survive, and five are married, as follows: Mrs. Louis Jacobs, (widow); Mrs. Sydney Jacobs, Sydney; Mrs. Meyer Rintel, Sydney; Mrs. Philip Frankel, (Brisbane); Mrs. L. I. Flegeltaub, Sydney. The five sons are well-known, particularly Mr. Albert Cohen, now of Melbourne; Mr. H. P. Cohen who is connected with Messrs. Feldheim, Gotthelf & Co.; and Mr. William L. Cohen, solicitor, Sydney.

Mr. Cohen was a Freemason and whilst residing in Tasmania he took an active interest in the Craft.

Mr. Cohen re-married a few years ago—his widow survives and is the recipient together with the other members of the family, of numerous letters of condolence and sympathy.

As we have already noted the late Mr. Cohen was highly respected, and his large circle of relatives and friends will sadly miss him and the good traits he so sincerely exemplified.

The funeral to Rookwood was largely attended, the services being conducted by the Rev. P. Philippstein in a very impressive manner.

Original publication

  • Hebrew Standard of Australasia (Sydney), 30 October 1903, p 8 (view original)

Citation details

'Cohen, Lewis (1831–1903)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 20 October 2020.

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11 July 1831
London, Middlesex, England


25 October 1903
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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