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Morris Lyon Marks (1824–1893)

Our obituary column records the death of an old colonist in the person of Mr. Morris L. Marks, who arrived here about 1845. Mr. Marks carried on an expensive mercantile and importing business for many years in Adelaide and the Burra. In 1848 he and Messrs. Samuel Hart, Burnett Nathan, and Louis Joseph purchased from the late Mr. George Morphett the land in Rundle-street on which the present Synagogue is built, and as founders of the congregation became the trustees. Mr. Marks always took an active part in public affairs, and was elected as member for the Burra and Clare, and sat in the Assembly in the first session of the first Parliament in 1857. He resigned at the end of 1858 on his visiting Europe. On his return he continued his business, but did not offer himself again for Parliamentary honours. Eventually he went to New Zealand, and during the last few years lived in Victoria. He died at his residence, Albert Park, on Saturday, March 4. Mr. Marks was connected with the late Mr. J. M. Solomon and several other Adelaide families, and was well known to most old colonists. He was always esteemed for his genial disposition and prompt business habits.

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7 September, 1824
Liverpool, Merseyside, England


4 March, 1893 (aged 68)
Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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