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Cohen, Nathan (1842–1910)

from Maitland Daily Mercury (NSW)

Much sorrow was expressed in Tamworth on Tuesday when the intelligence was made known that Mr Nathan Cohen had passed away. The news came as a great shock to the townspeople, as the first intimation of the seriousness of his illness was only known to a few outside his immediate family circle. The late Mr Cohen's genial disposition, his true and valued friendship, his kind and charitable actions, his keenness and enthusiasm for anything which had for its object the welfare and advancement of the town, his true interest in sport, and his true patriotism, and love of his country, won for him the highest esteem and goodwill amongst all classes of the community. The loss to the town and district can scarcely be estimated. The late Mr Cohen's business transactions have tended to the solidity of the farming community. His kindly advice and timely aid have revealed from the heart of many a man the high appreciation of "a friend in need is a friend indeed." The late Mr Cohen, who was born at Port Macquarie 68 years ago, went to Tamworth as a boy of 16 years. He made it his home, and on starting his business and public career he adopted as his standard the motto, "Do unto others as you wish to be done by." He married in Tamworth, and his children were educated there. When he went to Tamworth it was not by a long way the place it is now. For instance, if a man then possessed a farm of 20 acres it was considered he had a very good holding; and the land in Peel-street on which the Palace of Trade now stands could have been purchased for £75. Now the mark would be some thing over £6,000. The deceased gentleman became early associated with the municipal life of the town, and occupied the position of Mayor for two years in succession. He was also an ardent worker for the hospital, and for years occupied a position on the committee, and also carried out the offices of president and hon. treasurer. He was the first president of the Tamworth Club, and was also a membor of the Masonic Lodge. When, two years ago, Mr Cohen decided to take a trip abroad with Mrs and Miss Cohen, he was banqueted and was presented with a handsome address, and many eulogistic remarks were made. The address stated that during his long residence of 50 years Mr Cohen had associated himself with every movement having for its object the social and commercial advancement of the town and district. In business circles he had always been regarded as a man of honour whose word was as good as his bond. One of the speakers of the evening referred to Mr Cohen as a man of bright ideas, good intentions, and most liberal hearted. The late Mr Cohen leaves a widow and seven children, the latter being Mr Percy H. Cohen, dentist (Maitland); Mr A. A. Cohen, dentist (Tamworth); and Mr E. T. Cohen (Tamworth); Mrs V. I. Cohen (Tamworth); Mrs Harry D. Cohen (Brisbane); Mrs Bernard Cohen (Sydney); and Miss Alice Cohen (Tamworth). Other relatives are:— Brothers, Mr F. S. Cohen (Sydney); Mr Justice Cohen (Sydney); the late Mr Geo. Cohen (father of Mr V. I. Cohen, of Tamworth); sisters, Lady Benjamin (Melbourne) Mrs S. Joseph (London); Mrs B. F. Marks (Sydney); Mrs E. Samuels (London); and Mrs B. Benjamin (Sydney). The exact cause of death was heart failure as a result of diabetes. The interment will be in Sydney.

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'Cohen, Nathan (1842–1910)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/cohen-nathan-20336/text31348, accessed 22 August 2019.

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