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Isaac John Josephson (1824–1897)

from Daily Telegraph

By the death of Mr. I. J. [Isaac John] Josephson, which took place at his residence, 235 Macquarie-street, yesterday, an old and highly esteemed resident of Sydney has passed from our midst. Mr. Josephson had been a victim of paralysis for three years, due to his having being garroted and robbed near the Crown Law Office one night whilst on his way home. Since that occasion he had never been in good health, and for upwards of two years was almost intermittingly confined to his bed. Deceased had, however, passed the allotted span of years, being in his 74th year. For about 17 years he held the position of hon. secretary of the Benevolent Asylum, being ultimately succeeded in that office by Mr. Penfold, the present secretary and in addition to having for some time been a director of the Randwick Asylum, he was actively associated with the directorate of the Sydney Hospital for some 25 years. The assault referred to, which laid him prostrate for the last three years, prevented him from taking the active part in the administration of the hospital's affairs that he had hitherto done; but up to the time of his death he still remained on the board of directors. As a practical illustration of the interest he at all times took in the Benevolent Asylum and the Sydney Hospital, it may be mentioned that he has left the sum of £100 to each of these institutions. Mr. Josephson's pet hobby in his younger days was yachting, and a number of handsome souvenirs won by him at various times with his well-known yachts, the Pert and Emma, are in the possession of the family. In addition to being something of a mechanic— for Mr. Josephson personally built the Emma in 1858— he also dabbled in chemistry. Deceased was a brother of the late Judge Josephson. He leaves a widow and five children, one of whom— Mr. Arthur W. Josephson— is the licensee of the York Hotel, at the corner of King and York streets. The funeral arrangements are in the hands of Mr. Walter Stewart, and the cortege will leave deceased's late residence at 2.30 to-day for the Waverley Cemetery.

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  • funeral, Evening News (Sydney), 2 June 1897, p 3

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'Josephson, Isaac John (1824–1897)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 26 July 2024.

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6 April, 1824
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


31 May, 1897 (aged 73)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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