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Solomon, Samuel Henry (1859–1937)

Mr. Samuel Henry Solomon, a former City Treasurer of Sydney, died at his home in Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst, early yesterday morning. He was 77 years of age.

Mr. Solomon apparently was in the best of health when he went to bed late on Sunday night, but when his wife went to wake him yesterday morning she found that he was dead.

Mr. Solomon will be remembered most, perhaps, as the man who controlled the City Council's finances for some thirty years up till 1931, and whose signature, bank officials declared, no forger in the world could imitate. He was in the council's service for 53 years, joining when 17, and rising from a clerk in the office of the inspector of nuisances to chief cashier, general auditor, and, finally, to City Treasurer, The revenue of the City Council when Mr. Solomon entered its service amounted to £180,000 and loans totalled £1,410,000. When he retired in 1931 the revenues were £4,000,000 a year, and loan indebtedness was nearly £25,000,000. Mr. Solomon was responsible for the introduction of several efficient audit and general financial systems, and was absolutely fearless in recommending new methods when he made up his mind what he deemed to be best for the city. It was in consequence of his constant reports upon the condition of the old Moore Park Betterment Rate that Mr. R. D. Meagher, then Lord Mayor, had the matter argued before the Privy Council, and Mr. Solomon's sound finance was responsible for the saving of nearly £500,000 to the city.

Born at Bombala, Mr. Solomon was married and had two children. Lieutenant Kenneth Solomon, who died from wounds in London during the war and a daughter, now the wife of Dr. R. A. Eakin, of Darlinghurst. The funeral will leave his home in Darlinghurst Road at 3 o'clock this afternoon.

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Additional Resources

  • birth notice, Empire (Sydney), 2 May 1873, p 1
  • funeral, Sydney Morning Herald, 4 August 1937, p 21

Citation details

'Solomon, Samuel Henry (1859–1937)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/solomon-samuel-henry-20530/text31428, accessed 23 April 2018.

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