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Marks, David (1843–1916)

from Jewish Herald (Vic)

A cable was received from London last week announcing the death of Mr. David Marks, at one time a member of the original firm of Messrs. S. Hoffnung and Co., aged seventy-three. This gentleman, who was a brother of Mr. B. F. Marks, of Potts' Point, and whose sister married the founder, Mr. S. Hoffnung, entered the employ of the concern in his early twenties, their premises being then situated in Wynyard-street. In a few years' his great commercial ability led to his being appointed manager, and afterwards admitted as a partner, having sole control during the absence of Mr. Hoffnung. in Europe. Mr. Marks was a very keen and energetic businessman, and with a far seeing idea of the possibilities of the future, it was through his initiative that the present large warehouse was erected. He retired from the firm in the year 1884, and took up his residence in London, but made several subsequent visits to Australia. Mr. Marks took much interest in the erection of the Great Synagogue, of which he was president for some years. His kindly and sociable disposition and genial manners caused him to be a general favourite. About two years ago Mr. Marks began to suffer from heart weakness, and for the last few months, in the hope of improving his health, removed to the south of France, without, however, it having the desired effect, and he passed away at Cannes. He leaves three sons and five daughters.

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'Marks, David (1843–1916)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/marks-david-20430/text31493, accessed 7 December 2019.

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