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Marks, Alexander (1838–1919)

By the death of Mr. Alexander Marks in Melbourne on the 21st inst. there passes away another of the old landmarks of early Melbourne Jewry. Although Mr. Marks took no very active part in communal affairs, yet as a personality he has been a conspicuous figure for many years in Melbourne Jewish life. Mr. Marks at one time, and for a long period, acted as Consul-General in Australia for Japan, and was, we believe, the first to hold that official position. Owing to the large interests he held in Japan, and his constant intercourse with the Government of the Japanese Empire, he was constituted as an authority on all affairs pertaining to the land of the Nippon. Mr. Marks, with his father, Mr. Casper Marks, an early Melbourne pioneer, and his two brothers, was in his younger days a Japanese trader, the business of the partnership being the forerunner of the gigantic interests now set up between Australia and Japan. The disappearance of the two brothers in 1871, while on a voyage from Yokohama to the Pacific Islands in the trading steamer Julia, will, like the Waratah, remain forever one of the mysteries of the Southern Seas.

Mr. Marks, who was eighty years of age at the time of his death, has left one son and daughter—Mr. Reginald Marks, who was chief mourner at the funeral on the 22nd inst., and Mrs. Septimus Levy, of Sydney.

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'Marks, Alexander (1838–1919)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/marks-alexander-19441/text30850, accessed 22 November 2017.

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