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Isaac Jacobs (1835–1914)

Notes taken from: Max Gordon, Sir Isaac Isaacs: A Life of Service, Griffin Press, Adelaide, 1963

p 42 – Isaac Jacobs was born in Germany but lived in England from an early age with his parents. He became an office boy with the firm of Falk and Co., wholesale jewellers.

p 43 – In 1852 when 18 years old he was sent to Melbourne to open a branch of the firm and become its manager. The business flourished in the years of the gold rush and Jacobs also prospered. He continued to work for Falk and Co until marrying Annie Wolf in 1860. He then opened a business with A. Feldheim, as wholesale tobacconists and cigar merchants.

He was chairman of the Chamber of Manufactures in 1888 and a foundation member of the St Kilda Hebrew Congregation which was formed in 1871. He was also a member of the original committee, and president of the St Kilda Synagogue in 1873 and 1877-79.

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10 October, 1914 (aged ~ 79)
St Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

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