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Michaelis, Esther Zillah (?–1941)

Mrs. Esther Zillah Michaelis, O.B.E., widow of the late Mr. F. D. Michaelis, died at St. Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria, on the 24th October last. 

A worthy daughter of Israel and a highly esteemed member of the St. Kilda congregation, her unpretending piety and many kind deeds shed lustre upon the Jewish name. In the general community she manifested a generous spirit of public service that transcended all distinctions of class and creed. Because of her splendid work on behalf of soldiers and their dependents during and since the last war, His Majesty conferred on her the high distinction of the Order of the British Empire. 

The Mayors and Town Clerks of the St. Kilda and Brighton Municipalities and many distinguished citizens attended the graveside. 

The late Mrs. Michaelis is survived by Mr. Archie Michaelis, Member for St. Kilda in the Victorian Legislatiuve Assembly, and by Mrs. Lewis G. Cohen, of Sydney.

Original publication

  • Australian Jewish Historical Society Journal, vol 1, part 6, p 208

Additional Resources

  • photo, Argus (Melbourne), 15 June 1933, p 3

Citation details

'Michaelis, Esther Zillah (?–1941)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 11 August 2020.

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Phillips, Esther Zillah

24 October 1941
St Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Religious Influence
Military Service