Mr. Isaac Jacobs, a colonist of 60 years, died at his residence, Quisisana, St. Kilda Road, on Saturday morning. Mr. Jacobs was well known in business and philanthropic circles in Melbourne. Since his retirement from business about ten years ago he devoted himself to various charitable organisations. He was one of the chief founders of the Provident Loan Society, designed to make advances at nominal interest to persons who might otherwise be compelled to have recourse to professional money lenders. The late Mr. Jacobs was also an active member of the Charity Organisation Society, and at the time of his death was vice-president of that institution. He was prime mover in the settlement on the land at Shepparton of a number of Jewish refugees from Russia. In commerce Mr. Jacobs was best known as a pioneer of the tobacco industry in Australia, and was associated with successive firms, which have since developed into the States Tobacco Company and the British Australasian Tobacco Company. He leaves a large family. The funeral took place yesterday at the St. Kilda Cemetery, the service being conducted by the Rev. J. Danglow, of the St. Kilda Hebrew congregation. There was a large attendance of friends of the deceased.
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