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Hyman Goulston (c. 1834–1930)

Mr. Hyman Goulston, a retired merchant of many years’ standing, died on Saturday at the great age of 96 years, at his residence, Glebe Point Road.

Mr. Goulston came to Sydney in 1858. It is interesting to relate that when he endeavoured to get a berth on the ship Dunbar in London he found to his disgust that it was a full ship. That was the Dunbar’s last voyage, for she was wrecked at the Gap, only one out of a personnel of 122 being saved. Mr. Goulston arrived at Sydney in the next sailing ship at the age of 23 years. He was fond of relating that on his arrival, the present Town Hall site was the Sydney Cemetery, and Hyde Park the Sydney racecourse. He remembered seeing bricks being made on Brickfield Hill, and bullock teams going down George Street. Mr. Goulston started a clothing and mercery business near the corner of King and George Streets, which he conducted for a number of years. At the breaking out of the gold rush on the West Coast of New Zealand, Mr. Goulston sold his Sydney businesses and restarted in Hokitika (N.Z.) in 1867. In two years’ time Hokitika was a town of 35,000 people, but later he saw it dwindle to a  town of less than 3,000 inhabitants. In 1888 Mr. Goulston returned to Sydney, and opened business in Sydney again. Mr. Goulston leaves four sons, Messrs. Moss A., Sol J., John, and Michael, and one daughter, Mrs. Sol H. Myers, of Wellington. (N.Z.), a sister-in-law of Sir Michael Myers, Chief Justice of New Zealand. The interment took place at Rookwood last Monday afternoon. The Rev. L. A. Falk reading the last rites.

The chief mourners were Messrs. Moss A., Sol J., John, and Michael Goulston (sons), Dr. Eric and Mr. Stanley G. Goulston (grandsons).

The Great Synagogue was represented by the Rev. M. Einfeld and Messrs. H. R. Woolfe, A. M. Cohen, and M. Symonds. Mr. Woolfe also represented the Jewish Aid Society.

Others present were Mr. F. S. Manse (representing the Grand Lodge of the New South Wales Masonic Order), Lieutenant-Colonel A. W. Hyman and Mr. A. M. Cohen (the New South Wales Jewish War Memorial), Messrs. H. L. Askey and H. Sneddon (Masonic Club), the Rev. B. Lcnzer (Newtown Congregation), Messrs. F. S. Boyce, M.L.C., Mark Rosenberg, Mark Owen, M. Webber, Alroy Cohen, N. Lang, W. Goldsmith, A. E. Burns, W. R. Cohen, D. Cohen, A. E. Goldstein, Phillip Cohen, L. G. Cohen, M. Goldstein, A. E. Packer, P. H. Goldstein, Dr. Hyam and Allan Owen, Messrs. G. Keesing, F. Marks, G. Baruch, A. Rothfield, R. Nettheim, L. Sheffren, R. Asher, H. Leslie, L. Joseph, A. Kaiser, H. A. Brigg, and Captain P. Goldstein.

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'Goulston, Hyman (c. 1834–1930)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 2 March 2024.

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c. 1834


22 November, 1930 (aged ~ 96)
Glebe, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

general debility

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