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Septimus Raphael Levy (1867–1934)

from Sydney Morning Herald

The death is announced of Mr. Septimus Levy, who was a leading figure in the commercial life of Sydney for many years, and one of the most prominent members of the Jewish community. Mr. Levy was taken suddenly ill on Wednesday night, and he did not rally, death occurring shortly before noon yesterday. He was 66 years of age. It was the anniversary of his father's death in 1885.

Although he did not take an active part in public affairs, directing his major activities to the control of his commercial interests, Mr. Levy was known to a wide circle of business men, among whom he enjoyed a high reputation for his integrity and business acumen.

Mr Levy was born in December, 1867 at Macleay-street, Sydney, and was a son of the late Mr. L. W. Levy, M.L.C. He was educated at St Mark's Crescent Preparatory School, Darling Point, and Sydney Grammar School. Joining the firm of David Cohen and Company in 1885 Mr Levy was sent to West Maitland. He later became one of the managing directors of the company in Newcastle and after some years came to Sydney to take a similar position at the head office. At the time of his death he was chairman of directors of Tooth and Co Ltd, Nestle and Anglo-Swiss Condensed Milk Co (Australasia), Ltd, and the Newcastle and Hunter River Steamship Co. Ltd, a director of J. A. Bull and Co Ltd, Bennie S. Cohen (NSW) Ltd, (Lloyds brokers), and several other companies and a member of the board of management of the Great Synagogue Sydney. Throughout his life he maintained a great interest in sport especially cricket and had not missed an important cricket fixture in Sydney for many years.

Mr Levy is survived by Mrs Levy who is a daughter of the late Alexander Marks, at one time Consul for Japan, and two sons, Douglas A. Levy of Bennie S Cohen (NSW), Ltd, and Patrick R. Levy a member of the Sydney Stock Exchange, and of the firm of Patrick Levy and Allen, share brokers. His eldest son, Maitland Levy won the Military Cross whilst on active service in France, and was subsequently killed in action. His other sons both served in the A.I.F.

The funeral to-day will be of a strictly private character, and the remains will be cremated.

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  • funeral, Sydney Morning Herald, 27 January 1934, p 10

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'Levy, Septimus Raphael (1867–1934)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 22 July 2024.

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26 December, 1867
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


25 January, 1934 (aged 66)
Potts Point, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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