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Samuel Hyam Isaacs (1824–1911)

Mr. S. H. [Samuel Hyam] Isaacs, who died at his residence, Melbourne-street, North Adelaide, on Sunday, was one of Adelaide's familiar figures a generation ago, but has lived in retirement for nearly 30 years. He was born in Grosvenor-square, London, on March 12, 1824. After trying New York and St. Louis, in the United States, he came out to Hobart in 1844, thence going to New Zealand, and after a visit to London he finally settled in Adelaide, arriving by the ship Sophia Morphett (Captain Woodward) in 1852. Being desirous of securing land for building business premises he had an offer of the corner on which the Bank of Adelaide now stands, but was advised by his local friends not to build "so far out of town." He conducted a general store for many years at first at the corner of Morphett and Hindley streets, later on at the corner of Hindley and Leigh streets, and finally in Hindley-street, until he gave up business, after which he lived in retirement in North Adelaide till the time of his death. He devoted himself almost entirely to his business and his family. Many years ago he took part in the management of the synagogue affairs, and was a member of the executive committee at the time of the appointment of the Rev. A. T. Boas. He left a widow (who is now in her 89th year, and still wonderfully vigorous), five sons and daughters (Mr. M. H. Isaacs and Mrs. S. Berliner, of Melbourne; Mrs. Saul Solomon and Mrs. J. M. Solomon, of North Adelaide and Mrs. J. Davis (of Christchurch, New Zealand), 27 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.

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'Isaacs, Samuel Hyam (1824–1911)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 16 April 2024.

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12 March, 1824
London, Middlesex, England


23 April, 1911 (aged 87)
North Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

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