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Philip Louis Frankel (1863–1943)

The death has occurred at the age of 80 years of Mr Philip Frankel, Brisbane business executive, mason, and sportsman.

For close on 60 years he was managing director of the firm of Philip Frankel Pty Ltd, Valley, which he established four years after he arrived in this city. He was a member of the United Grand Lodge, and Superior Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Queensland. He was one of the founders of the Amateur Athletic Association; was president, treasurer and handicapper for years. He played Rugby Union with the Firefly Club, and was selected for the second team to play the English side in 1887-8. He rowed with the Commercial Club and later became its patron and treasurer and for his services was made a life member. He was also well known among the bowling fraternity of the city.

For 40 years he was associated with the Royal National Association as councillor and office-bearer, and when he paid a visit to Great Britain he made a special study of the great agricultural shows, bringing back helpful ideas. As a mason he originated the idea of the Home for Aged Masons and their dependents, and as president of the Hebrew congregation of Brisbane he created wide interest by proposing that northern Australia should be developed by Jewish colonists, perhaps in co-operation with a chartered company.

Mr Frankel was born in Dunedin, New Zealand, and crossed over to Australia at the age of 17. He is survived by his widow, two children, Mr Alan Frankel and Mrs Peixotto, and four grandchildren.

His funeral will take place from Hislop's funeral chapel in Peel Street to the Toowong cemetery tomorrow at 10 am. A special requiem service will be held in the Synagogue on Saturday morning.

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Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand


21 September, 1943 (aged ~ 80)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Cause of Death

general debility

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