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Leopold Judell (1848–1927)

Mr. Leopold Judell died at his home, Northgate street, Unley Park, on Thursday morning after a brief illness. He was a well-known northern business man, particularly at Orroroo and Jamestown, also in Adelaide commercial circles. The late Mr. Judell was the youngest son of a prominent merchant in Altona, Schleswig-Holstein, and was born in 1848. He arrived in Adelaide by the City of Adelaide from London in 1870. With the late Alexander Kauffmann he entered into business partnership at Truro in 1873, and four years later joined the firm of Levine and Judell, storekeepers, at Jamestown, and 12 months after established the business of Messrs. L. Judell & Co., at Orroroo, which is still caried on under the management of his son, Mr. C. L. Judell. Mr. Judell took an active part in promoting the welfare of the town and district of Orroroo, particularly in connection with reticulation and irrigation schemes. Although not a farmer, he was keenly interested in farming pursuits, and was the first to use the seed drill in that locality. He was instrumental in creating the first branch of the Agricultural Bureau at Orroroo, of which he acted as secretary. He had hard experiences of droughts in which he went through the vicissitudes of the man on the land. He was a foundation and past-master member of the Orroroo Freemasons' Lodge. Mr. Judell frequently occupied the Bench in the north as a justice for many years. He took a keen interest in primary education, and was an ex-Chairman of the old Local Board of Advice. In 1910 Mr. and Mrs. Judell made a world tour, and upon their return he retired from active business, and settled at Unley Park. In 1880 he married the eldest daughter of the late Hon. Maurice Salom, M.L.C. There survive a widow, and nine children:— Mesdames B. M. Saunders (Henley Beach), G. Ragless (Toorak), M. McRae (Kingswood), and R. J. Last (Booleroo Centre), Misses O. and D. Judell (Unley Park), and Messrs. L. M. W. Judell, B.Sc. (Jamestown), E. H. Judell (Hyde Park), and C. L. Judell (Orroroo). Two sons fought in the Great War, one of whom, Q.M.S. E. M. Judell, was killed at Gallipoli.

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'Judell, Leopold (1848–1927)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 21 April 2024.

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Altona, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany


5 May, 1927 (aged ~ 79)
Unley Park, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

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