Samuel Benjamin

President, trustee of congregation.

Samuel Benjamin was the grandson of Judah Solomon. He was born in Hamilton, Tasmania to Lydia and Henry Samuel Benjamin. Samuel learned commerce while working as a youth at Temple House. He later ran a boot business in Sydney and Melbourne and eventually moved to Paris, and then America.

When Uncle Joseph Solomon left Samuel a considerable inheritance, he returned to Hobart and lived in Temple House. Samuel became a Hobart alderman in 1897.

After a dispute about access to the synagogue, Samuel helped form a congregation in 1906 and was elected president. Samuel remained president until 1916, when tension between him and Rev. Isack Morris boiled over. After Rev. Morris left in 1921, Samuel again became president until his death in 1926.
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