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Neville David Cohen (1852–1923)

from Hebrew Standard of Australasia

The death is announced by cable, at Keith House, Porchester Gate, London, at the age of 71 years, of Mr. Neville David Cohen, a director of the firm of David Cohen and Co., Ltd.

The deceased was a son of the late David Cohen, the founder of the firm of David Cohen and Co., Ltd., in 1836. He was born in West Maitland, New South Wales and educated in London. After leaving school, he was connected with the London branch of the firm, and some forty years ago he came to Australia. For ten years he was manager of the West Maitland branch. During his residence in West Maitland, he took a interest in Jewish affairs of the State.

He was president of Maitland Hospital for 15 years. Coming to Sydney, where he took over the management of the Sydney house, his connection with communal affairs became more prominent and more intense, and during his residence in Sydney there was no communal movement for the benefit of Jewry which he was not connected with or in which he did not take a prominent part. He was a member of the Board of Management of the Great Synagogue for several years, and was president in 1903. He was vice-president of the New South Wales Board of Jewish Education, and a member of the Board of the Montefiore Home.

Mr. Cohen married a daughter of the late L. W. Levy, M.L.C., and she seconded his communal efforts in every way. During his term of office as president, Mr. and Mrs. Cohen gave a garden party to the members of the Congregation, and this is still remembered as one of the most successful communal functions ever held.

In 1907 the deceased returned to London and remained in control of the London branch of the firm until about four years ago, when through ill-health he was forced to retire. Since he left these shores his interest in Sydney Jewish communal and philanthropic work has been maintained, and he acted as representative on the Jewish Board of Guardians. He was warden and financial representative of the St. Petersburgh Place Synagogue, London, for seven years, and was a past president of the Provincial Ministers' Fund, and of the New West End Synagogue, London.

The deceased leaves a family of three sons and two daughters. Mr. Burnett David Cohen is a brother, Mr. George J. Cohen is a cousin, and Mr. S. S. Cohen, president of the Great Synagogue, is a nephew of the deceased.

A memorial service was held at the Great Synagogue on Tuesday afternoon last, May 15, and was largely attended.

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  • Cohen, Nathan David

26 February, 1852
Maitland, New South Wales, Australia


10 May, 1923 (aged 71)
London, Middlesex, England

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