Newman Hirsh Rosenthal (1898-1986) was a pioneering educator, filmmaker and author. He wrote institutional histories and biographies (including that of Sir Albert Coates and Sir Charles Lowe), frequently contributed to daily newspapers, and reviewed many books about Jewish history and culture.
From Australia’s Jewish Past: Frances Barkman teacher and welfare worker First published in J-Wire January 17, 2023 Frances Barkman was born in in Kyev Russia in March 1885. Her father was a teacher of Hebrew. The family migrated to Melbourne in 1891 and she was educated at Rathdowne Street State School and the Melbourne Training …
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 …
As President of the National Council of Jewish Women of Victoria from 1933 to 1936, Lilian “Leah” Kloot was closely involved with all that the organisation stood for and was a role model for many.
In 1903 Constance “Connie” Ellis became the first woman to graduate from the University of Melbourne Medical School.
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 …
Florence Anderson was born in 1871. Her claim to fame was becoming the first female trade union secretary in Victoria, and the only female trade union secretary in Australia.
On May 31 1870 Galician born Solomon Schlossman and his Polish born son-in-law John Davis discovered what would be the 9th largest nugget on the Victorian Goldfields, They named it the Viscount Canterbury.
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.
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.