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Maximilian Hirsch – Politicial Idealist, Free Trade evangelist

From Australia’s Jewish Past: Maximilian Hirsch leading light in the colony’s free-trade movement First published in J-Wire January 10, 2023 Maximilion Hirsch was born in Cologne, in the German state of Prussia, on 21 September 1852. He was educated at the local primary and secondary school but it appears that was the end of his …

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Sir Benjamin Benjamin – a Victorian community pioneer

From Australia’s Jewish Past: Sir Benjamin Benjamin a Victorian community pioneer First published in J-Wire July 12, 2022 Benjamin Benjamin was born on 2 September 1834 in London, the eldest son of Moses and Catherine. The family emigrated to Melbourne arriving on 29 December 1843. Once finished school, he joined his father and brother Elias …

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1852 Ballarat and the arrival of Abraham Abrahamsohn

The story of a very talented German who ventured to Australia via the US, having practiced as a traveling mohel for the San Francisco Jewish community and occasional baked matzoh. On hearing about the discovery of gold in Victoria, he packed his bags, booked his passage to Sydney and treked overland to the Victorian goldfields.

Striking Gold in Australia

When gold was discovered in New South Wales in 1851 by Edward Hargreaves, the area near Bathurst was actually given a Hebrew name – ‘’Ophir’’ – a name and place from the bible famous for its gold and wealth. Victoria’s gold rush began in 1851 and, over the next ten years, close to 600,000 people flowed into the region in search of their fortune. Many of these adventurers were Jewish.