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Walter Isaac Nathan (1845–1922)

Widespread regret will be felt at the news of the death, which occurred at an early hour this morning, of Mr. Walter Nathan, for many years prominent in the business world of the Dominion, and an old and much respected citizen of Wellington. The late Mr. Nathan was born in Tasmania in 1846, and at the age of five went to England with his parents. He was educated at the University College School, London, for a business career. He came out to New Zealand in the eighties, and starred business first in Dunedin. He was there for about twelve months, and then joined the firm of Messrs. L. D. Nathan, of Auckland, where he remained for some seven years. Coming to Wellington, he was for a time in the hardware trade. In 1894 he went into partnership with Mr. Harold Beauchamp in the firm of W. M. Bannatyne and Co., and continued there until his death. He was always interested, but took no active part, in local or national politics. For some years he was Consul in Wellington for Sweden. At one time he was a promiment member of the Wellington Bowling Club. He married the eldest daughter of the late Mr. Jacob Joseph, and leaves to mourn their bereavement a widow, four sons—Mr. Hubert Nathan, director of Messrs. Bannatyne and Co., Percy Nathan, who is farming in the Wairarapa, George Nathan, real estate agent, and Stanley Nathan, sharebroker at Gisborne—and five daughters, of whom Miss Sybil Nathan is at present at Home as delegate to the Red Cross Convention. The late Mr. Nathan took a leading part in the social life of the Jewish community, and was president of several institutions, including the Jewish Club. He had been ill only a few days before his death.

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27 November, 1845
Launceston, Tasmania, Australia


8 June, 1922 (aged 76)
Wellington, New Zealand

Cause of Death

heart disease

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