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Benjamin Wolfe (Benn) Levy (1851–1908)

Benjamin Wolfe Levy was sent to England for his education and placed under the care of his childless uncle, David Lewis. He also studied in Paris. He returned to Australia in 1868 and joined his father's business.

In 1877 he returned to England to marry – and bring back to New South Wales – Zara Cohen, the oldest daughter of David Cohen.

The couple returned to England in 1888. Benjamin, along with his brother, George, had inherited his uncle Lewis's fortune in 1885. They were required to use the money for philanthropic purposes and set up the David Lewis Trust. The money was used for charitable purposes in the north of England.

One of his children is buried in Maitland.

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'Levy, Benjamin Wolfe (Benn) (1851–1908)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 15 April 2024.

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22 January, 1851
Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia


18 December, 1908 (aged 57)
London, Middlesex, England

Cause of Death

heart disease

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