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Fanny Isaacs (1822–1913)

Adelaide will sadly regret the passing away, at her residence, Melbourne Street, North Adelaide, in her 91st year, of a grand old lady, Mrs. Fanny Isaacs, relict of the late Samuel Hyam Isaacs, whom she survived for about two years.

The deceased lady, who was born in London, and a staunch Jewess, was a daughter of the late Moses Benjamin of this city. She was a colonist of nearly 70 years, having landed in Sydney somewhere near 1840. From Sydney she left for Christchurch, New Zealand, and was well known in that town as a communal worker. Her first husband, the late Mr. Samuel Cohen, died at Christchurch. The deceased arrived in Adelaide in 1869, and immediately after her second marriage, adopted a very active part in our congregational affairs. She was one of the founders of the Ladies' Jewish Benevolent Society, and was elected as its first President for three or four years in succession after its foundation. She was a great personality in all communal and philanthropic work, and effectively carried out its manifold activities. She was also noted, until stricken with a serious illness some years ago, as being the first lady attending Synagogue services on all occasions. The deceased recognised no distinction between Jew and Gentile, hands and purse being open to all. Our sympathy goes out to her grief-stricken sisters and brother.

She leaves a brother, Mr. Philip Benjamin, of Sydney, and two sisters (Mrs. Emanuel Cohen, of the same city, and Mrs. Philip Solomon, of Albert Park, Melbourne).

The funeral, which was well attended, took place on Tuesday afternoon. Rabbi Boas conducted the service with great solemnity, and delivered an appropriate address.

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11 December, 1822
London, Middlesex, England


24 March, 1913 (aged 90)
North Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

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