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Isaac Jacobs (1835–1914)

from Hebrew Standard of Australasia

The death of Mr. Isaac Jacobs, which took place at his residence, 'Quisicana,' St. Kilda road, Melbourne, cast quite a gloom over the Melbourne Jewish community. The deceased, who was in his 80th year and was a colonist of over 60 years standing, was noted for his love of his religion and his good works both among his own and other denominations. Coming to Melbourne from England as a young lad, the deceased gentleman made a way for himself in the commercial world and was actively associated with many large firms in the tobacco industry. He was much esteemed in the business world and held many important positions, among them being that of president of the Melbourne Chamber of Commerce for a period. During the latter portion of his life he retired from active association with business and devoted the whole of his time to philanthropic work, being connected with both Jewish and non Jewish charities. Within the last few years he devoted special attention to the needs of his co-religionists in lands of oppression and was instrumental in settling numbers of Russian Jewish refugees on the land at Shepparton, advancing them money for a start in life and subsequently giving them all the help in his power. So successful was the Shepparton colony that his assistance was asked by the Victorian authorities in settling land in other parts of the State. He passed away peacefully surrounded by most of his family. His wife predeceased him some years ago but he is survived by a family of seven sons and two daughters, the latter being Mrs. I. A. Isaacs, the wife of Mr. Justice Isaacs, and Mrs. Levy, wife of Mr. Harry S. Levy, of Sydney. Most of his sons hold high positions in the legal and commercial world. At the St Kilda Synagogue on Sabbath last, when the sad news was communicated to the members, a striking eulogy was delivered by Rev. J. Danglow, who dwelt on the many good qualities of the deceased gentleman and held him up to the congregation as an example of what might be done by a good man. The remains were interred on Sunday and there was a very large and representative gathering of all classes present at the graveside. Rev. J. Danglow officiated at the obsequies, and again gave a very able address, dwelling on the good deeds performed by the deceased during his very long and useful life.

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10 October, 1914 (aged ~ 79)
St Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

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