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Phillips, Sidney Lewis (Louis) (1838–1913)

Mr. Louis Phillips, one of the best known of Sydney's merchants, died suddenly on Thursday at his residence in Orwell-street, Potts Point. In the morning he had attended his city office. He went home about 2 p.m., and a couple of hours later, after drinking a cup of tea, he passed away unexpectedly.

Mr Phillips was born in London 75 years ago. He came to Sydney when 17 years of age, and entered the office of Messrs. Moses Moss and Co., city merchants. Some time afterwards he married Clara, the daughter of Mr. Moses Moss. On the death of that gentleman Mr. Phillips became principal of the business. His wife died five years ago.

The deceased was one of the most highly esteemed members of the Jewish community. He was treasurer of the movement to build the Synagogue in Elizabeth-street. He was several times elected its president and he was the last survivor of the original board of management. He was one of the trustees of the Jewish cemetery at the Necropolis and a committeeman of the Blind Institution, William-st.

Mr. Phillips never interested himself much in political life, but he was concerned, as director and shareholder in several city proprietary businesses.

The funeral at the Necropolis was largely attended by his co-religionists, and also by many other prominent citizens. The Jewish burial service was impressively conducted by Rabbi F. L. Cohen. In the procession to the graveside were two small waggons covered with beautiful wreaths. After the plain wooden coffin had been lowered to the grave it was covered with earth by the intimate friends of the deceased.

There was no funeral oration but after the service Rabbi Cohen said:— "The late Mr Phillips was one of the most benevolent men in Sydney. He delighted to give in secret, and he contributed to nearly every charitable movement. If a man was in a hole he was the first to pull him out of it. His knowledge and judgment could be absolutely trusted, and, withal, he was an eminently pious man."

Mr. Phillips left a grown-up family of three daughters and five sons. One daughter married Mr. C. Hart of West Maitland; the two others married two brothers, Mr. E. Michaelis and Mr. F. Michaelis of Melbourne. The sons are living in Sydney.

Amongst those present at the funeral were Messrs. Laurance, Louis, Alfred, Orwell and A. E. Phillips (sons), Hyam Moses and Ernest L. Davis (brothers-in law), Laurance Phillip, and Allan Michaelis, George J. Cohen, Sir Allen Taylor, W. J. Collin, S. R. Levy, A. H. Nathan, J. J. Cohen, M.L.A., H. Hart, N. S. Cohen, D. L. Cohen, L. W. Cohen, H. B. Bradley, J. T. Tillock, D. Levy. M.L.A., R. McC. Anderson, S. Solomon, B. F. Marks, Joseph Marks, Dr. Murray Oram, Dr. A. A. Cohen, Messrs. B. Haigh, C. Abel, H. Tallerman, T. Ridley, A. W. Hyman, J. B. Aulsebrook, B. D. Rothbury, W. Tonge, J. McMahon, M. E. Mosely, J. Upward, E. R. Cohen, M. C. Day, R. H. Marks, H. Isaacs, M. Marks, R. P. Cohen, Major F. C. Timothy, M. Symonds, F. G. Underwood, H. Healy J. B. Clamp, A.W. Walker, F. C. Millin, A. Moore, L. M. Moss, C. J. Mulholland, A. Abel, H. Abel, G Mannel, A. Davidson, Revs. M. Einfield, A. Wolinski, and P. Philippstein, Messrs. W. Halberg, L. Herman, H. Harris, P. Solomon, J. Mandelson, N. L. Meyer, A Cohen, E. R. Cohen, W. Chown, R. C. Singer, H. Hinze, E. Meyer, A. Brodziak, A. W. Hyman, S. E. Marks, l. C. Cohen, H. I. Wollf, D. Campbell, E. Blashki, W. Adams, G. S. Benjamin, H. Brockstayne and the employees of Moses Moss, and Co.

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'Phillips, Sidney Lewis (Louis) (1838–1913)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/phillips-sidney-lewis-louis-13716/text24509, accessed 22 July 2019.

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