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Joel, Maurice (1829–1907)

It with regret that I have to report the severe loss the Dunedin Jewish Congregation has sustained through the death, on 13th November, of Mr. Maurice Joel, in his seventy-ninth year. The deceased gentleman was well known throughout the whole Dominion, and enjoyed the respect and esteem of a large circle of friends. Mr. Joel was a native of North Shields, England, and for some years was engaged in partnership with his brother in the Birmingham and Sheffield trade. He emigrated to Melbourne in 1853, where he carried on business for some time, afterwards going to Ballarat, where he acted as a gold-buyer. He came to Dunedin in 1861, and from the first took considerable interest in public affairs. In that year he was one of the founders of the Dunedin Jewish Congregation, and in 1880 he laid the foundation stone of the present handsome Synagogue. He was five times president of the Congregation, and ten times Treasurer, besides being President of the Jewish Philanthropic Society for a number of years. During 1889-90, the late Mr. Joel was a member of the Committee of the New Zealand and South Sea Exhibition; for some years a member of the Otago Harbour Board; a director of the Westport Coal Company for several years; and at the time of his death he was on the directorate of the Standard Fire Insurance Company. His main business in Dunedin was that of a brewer, being proprietor of the Red Lion Brewery until about eighteen months ago when failing health led to his disposing of the property. He married in 1859 a daughter of the late Mr. A. Woolf, of Capetown, and afterwards of Melbourne, by whom he is survived. His family consists of one surviving son and three daughters. The eldest daughter (Mrs. Levi) is an accomplished musician, and the second daughter (Miss Grace Joel) is a talented artist, whose pictures are not unknown in Melbourne. The funeral was largely attended by representatives of all classes of the community.

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'Joel, Maurice (1829–1907)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 27 September 2020.

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Northumberland, England


13 November 1907
Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand

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