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Nathaniel Emanuel (1846–1931)

Mr Nathaniel Emanuel, of 130 Wycombe road, Neutral Bay, who is believed to have been one of the three oldest solicitors on the rolls of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, died after an operation on Friday, aged 85 years.

Mr. Emanuel was born in Goulburn, and was a son of Mr. Samuel Emanuel, M.L.A., who represented the Argyle division in the fourth Parliament of New South Wales, between 1862 and 1864. He was educated at the Sydney Grammar School, and afterwards at the Sydney University, where he graduated Bachelor of Arts, and was awarded the gold medal for physics. He was articled to Messrs. Roxburgh, Slade, and Spain, solicitors, and was admitted to the roll in 1870. After practising in Goulburn and Gundagai, he joined the late Mr. James Robertson in Tumut, in 1871, and practised there until 1916, when he retired, and was succeeded by his son, who is now the senior member of the firm of Fred C. Emanuel and Peare, of Dalton House, Sydney.

While in Tumut Mr. Emanuel was an alderman and Mayor, president and secretary of the Agricultural Society, treasurer and Judge of the Tumut Race Club, and president of the Tumut Hospital, which was founded by him and two others, who went security to the bank for the money required to build it. They obtained all necessary funds before the building was completed.

On two occasions Mr. Emanuel was a candidate for Parliament, and was assisted in his campaigns by the late Sir Henry Parkes. On the last occasion he was beaten by eight votes. Mr. Emanuel was one of the first to be initiated in the Masonic Lodge at Tumut when it was formed, and was a Past Master of that lodge, besides being a member of the Royal Arch Chapter. He married a daughter of the late Jacob Marks, who at one time owned the Imperial Hotel and adjoining properties in Wynyard-square. He was always interested to a large extent in mining, and at the time of his death was a director of the Boumoya Gold Mine, N.L.

He is survived by Mrs. Emanuel and four children: Percy Emanuel, of Queensland; Fred C. Emanuel, of Sydney; Myra Harris, of Iron Mungle Station, Cooma; and Doris Cohen, of Harden.

Original publication

Additional Resources

  • marriage notice, Sydney Morning Herald, 24 March 1880, p 1
  • funeral, Sydney Morning Herald, 14 July 1931, p 5

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'Emanuel, Nathaniel (1846–1931)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 24 May 2024.

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