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Hart, Alfred David (1850–1928)

Mr. Alfred David Hart, who died on Thursday night at his residence in St. Kilda road, in his 78th year, was one of the founders of the modern tobacco trade in Australia. Mr. Hart was born in Adelaide in November, 1850, and he came to Melbourne in youth. His long association with the tobacco trade began at that time. For some years he was with Feldheim Jacobs and Co., and afterwards the firm became Jacobs Hart and Co., with establishments in Melbourne and Adelaide. At a later time Mr. Hart retired from the firm and became chairman and manager of Cameron Brothers and Co. Pty. Ltd. When the tobacco companies of Australia amalgamated he became chairman of directors in Melbourne of the British Australian Tobacco Company Pty. Ltd. From that position he retired in 1925, though he still held large interests. At one period Mr. Hart was chairman of directors of the Foster Brewing Company, and to the time of his death he was one of the directors of the Swan Brewery Company and chairman of directors of the United Insurance Company Ltd. Mr. Hart had many other business interests. He was the proprietor of Elizabeth House, the large building at the corner of Elizabeth and little Collins streets.

For a time Mr. Hart was interested in racing, and he owned a few horses in 1913 and 1914. Two horses that successfully carried his colours were Culma and Tintagel. Culma won four races, and Tintagel was successful three times in Mr. Harts colours. After racing these horses for about 18 months Mr. Halt sold them and he did not race any horses subsequently.

Mr. Hart was one of the oldest members of the Athenaeum Club. He leaves one son and three daughters. Mrs. Hart died in 1926.

His burial took place in the Jewish portion of the St. Kilda Cemetery yesterday. The Rev. J. Danglow conducted the service, and there was a large gathering of friends. The funeral arrangements were conducted by Messrs. Apps and Sons Pty. Ltd.

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'Hart, Alfred David (1850–1928)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/hart-alfred-david-13552/text24272, accessed 22 July 2019.

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