Obituaries Australia

  • Tip: searches only the name field
  • Tip: use double quotes to search for a phrase
  • Tip: lists of awards, schools, organisations etc

Browse Lists:

Cultural Advice

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website contains names, images, and voices of deceased persons.

In addition, some articles contain terms or views that were acceptable within mainstream Australian culture in the period in which they were written, but may no longer be considered appropriate.

These articles do not necessarily reflect the views of The Australian National University.

Joseph Abrahams (1855–1938)

The Rev. Dr. Joseph Abrahams, who was rabbi of the Melbourne Hebrew congregation from 1882 until his retirement 14 years ago, died yesterday, in his 85th year.  

Rabbi Abrahams was born in London and educated at the Jews' College. He graduated at the universities of London, Melbourne, and Heidelberg (Germany). He was a brother of Dr. Israel Abrahams, an English Jewish scholar with a famous European reputation.  

He was a leading oarsman in his younger days in Melbourne, and for many years enjoyed a wide reputation as a scholar and a preacher of unusual intellectual attainments.  

The funeral will leave his residence, 25 Crimea street, St. Kilda, at 10 a.m. to-day for the Toorak road Synagogue, where a service will be conducted at 10.15 a.m. by Rabbi Dr. Friedman and Rabbi J. Danglow. The burial will take place in the New General Cemetery, Fawkner. 

W. G. Apps and Sons have charge of the funeral arrangements.

Original publication

Additional Resources

Citation details

'Abrahams, Joseph (1855–1938)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 17 July 2024.

© Copyright Obituaries Australia, 2010-2024

Life Summary [details]


1 April, 1855
London, Middlesex, England


18 August, 1938 (aged 83)
St Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Cultural Heritage

Includes subject's nationality; their parents' nationality; the countries in which they spent a significant part of their childhood, and their self-identity.

Religious Influence

Includes the religion in which subjects were raised, have chosen themselves, attendance at religious schools and/or religious funeral rites; Atheism and Agnosticism have been included.

Key Organisations