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Flegeltaub, Lewis (1848–1895)

from Telegraph (Brisbane)

The friends of Mr. Lewis Flegeltaub, and the number of these is very huge, will be pained to hear of the death of that gentleman, though to Mr. Flegeltaub himself the end to an extremely painful and hopeless illness must have been a relief. Mr. Flegeltaub was best known to the public of Brisbane in connection with the Goldsmiths Hall Company, a business which he himself started some 14 or 15 years ago, and which, under his able management has attained its present proportions. At an early age Mr. Flegeltaub left the place of his birth, Russian Poland, with his parents, and settled in Liverpool, England, and from an early age too he was a worker. His first Australian experience was in the southern provinces, but about 17 years ago he occasionally visited Brisbane on business, and two years later he decided to settle here and opened the business above referred to. He was a prominent member of the Hebrew congregation, and for several years he was president of the congregation in Brisbane, and formerly he held a similar position at Ballarat. Though he never took a public position in such matters, he was always deeply interested in city improvements and movements which had for their object the good of the people. He was a generous and liberal giver, always ready to contribute more than he might be expected, to any case of real necessity, His intimate friends, and especially those connected with the Masonic craft, are aware how much he bestowed in charity, and at the same time how he rigidly avoided publicity in regard thereto. He was for many years connected with Freemasonary, and in Brisbane assisted both by voice and purse in the formation of the Albion, the Valley Ionic, Jubilee, and other lodges. He also held high official positions in both the English and Scottish constitutions in their respective district grand lodges. During the land boom Mr. Flegeltaub and his friends in Victoria invested somewhat largely in city and other properties. Unfortunately he, like others, suffered, but his industry was unflagging, and he was able to maintain his business standing. Mr. Flegeltaub leaves a widow and seven children. One of his sons is engaged in the management of the business, and his eldest daughter is married to Mr. Victor Rosenthal of this city. It may be of interest to state that Miss Juliet Wray, who has made such a conspicuous success on the comic opera stage, is a niece of the late Mr. Flegeltaub. As notified in another column the funeral will leave Mr. Flegeltaub's late residence at Wickham terrace at 3 o'clock to-day.

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'Flegeltaub, Lewis (1848–1895)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/flegeltaub-lewis-20937/text31599, accessed 18 August 2019.

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Birth

1848
Poland

Death

28 May 1895
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

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