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David Braham (1838–1903)

The legal profession of Melbourne has just lost one of its ablest and best known members in the person, of Mr David Braham, who died rather suddenly at his residence, "The Elms", Glenferrie-road, Malvern, last Friday morning. Born in London sixty-five years ago, and educated there, the deceased came to Melbourne in 1860, and soon became intimately associated with commercial and insolvency law, and many a big case passed through the hands of Braham and Pirani which designation the firm in course of time became known, and of which the deceased was the head. He never took any part in public matters nor in the affairs of the Jewish community, but for many years he was the legal adviser of, and rendered valuable services without fee or charge to, the East Melbourne Congregation in recognition of these services the executive of that congregation sent a mourning coach to the funeral, while the president, the treasurer, the minister and secretary and many of the committee attended personally. The interment took place last Sunday in the St Kilda Cemetery in the presence of a very large assemblage, including many members of the legal profession. The Rev. E Blaubaum, a brother-in-law of the deceased, officiated. The deceased was married to a daughter of the late S. H. Cohen, who predeceased him, and by whom he left seven sons and one daughter, the latter married to Mr M. Lazarus, of Ballarat.

In the Insolvency Court on Monday last the death of Mr David Brahnm was referred to by Judge Molesworth. Mr Braham, his Honour said, was a widely-known and highly-respected member of the legal profession. It was nearly forty years since Mr Brahnm commenced to practise. He had been a a specialist in commercial and insolvency law, and for seventeen years the leading counsel in that court. Personally, his Honour had often keen indebted to Mr Braham for kindly advice, always generously given, and they would all miss his kindly face. He wished to express deep sympathy with the bereaved family. Mr Piggot, as junior member of the Bar, also said a few words expressing the regret felt by the profession on the death of Mr Braham, who was always respected for his fair dealing and legal ability.

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London, Middlesex, England


21 August, 1903 (aged ~ 65)
Malvern, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

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