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Safe Haven: Records of the Jewish Experience in Australia


6. Aspects of Jewish Life in Australia

This chapter examines the unique and varied contribution Jews have made to Australian life. It lists records relating to prominent Australian Jews; Jewish congregations and other communal institutions; the Jewish press; and religious observances. This chapter also looks at antisemitism in Australia and the involvement of Jews in Australian communism.

Prominent Australian Jews

Image 1: The Rt Hon. Sir Isaac Isaacs.

Image 1: The Rt Hon. Sir Isaac Isaacs.
NAA: A1200, L8925
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Australian Jews have made a much more significant contribution to Australian life than their numbers in the population would suggest. Jews have been active in all aspects of Australian life – most notably in politics, law and the public service; the arts; and business. Many Australian Jews have made their greatest contribution to the Jewish community itself. The contribution of Australian Jews to the Armed Services is discussed in Chapter 7.

This chapter presents an overview of Jewish participation in Australian life. For a more detailed survey, see the two chapters on Jewish achievers in the two-volume history by the Rubinsteins.52 What follows is a purely random selection of records which refer to, or deal with, prominent Australian Jews. Hopefully, the items chosen will give some indication of the diversity of records that are available.

Politics, law and the public service

Two Jews have served as Governor-General, Sir Isaac Isaacs (1931–36) and Sir Zelman Cowen (1977–82). A leading British civil servant, Sir Matthew Nathan, filled the post of Governor of Queensland in 1922–26.

Jewish members of Federal Parliament have included Elias Solomon and Joe Berinson of Western Australia; Vaiben L Solomon of South Australia; Sam Cohen, Moss Cass, Lewis Kent and Pharez Phillips of Victoria; Peter Baume, Sydney Einfeld and Barry Cohen of New South Wales.

At the colonial and state level, politicians have included Henry Emanuel Cohen, Jacob L Montefiore, Abram Landa, Ernest S Marks and Sir Daniel Levy (New South Wales); Charles Dyte, Theodore and Benjamin J Fink, Nathaniel Levi, Ephraim L Zox, Edward Cohen, Sir Archie Michaelis and Walter Jona (Victoria); Sir Lewis Cohen, Maurice Salom and Judah Moss Solomon (South Australia); Lionel Samson and Sir Charles Nathan (Western Australia); Jacob Horwitz and Isidore Lissner (Queensland); Joseph Cohen and John Davies (Tasmania).

Sir Benjamin Benjamin, Leo Port and Irvin Rockman are just some of the Jews who have served terms as suburban or metropolitan mayors.

Distinguished players in the legal profession have been Sir Julian Salomons, Henry Emanuel Cohen, Trevor Rapke, Joan Rosanove, Arnold Bloch, William Kaye and Professor Julius Stone. An estimated 10 per cent of all barristers in Sydney and Melbourne today are Jewish.

Senior Jewish public servants and bureaucrats have included Peter Wilenski, David Smith and Graham Freudenberg.

CORRESPONDENCE FILES, ANNUAL SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, 1908–38
Canberra
Series: A1
Quantity: 337.14 metres
Recorded by: 1932–1938: Department of the Interior (I), Central Administration (CA 27)
Hirsch Munz – Naturalisation, 1933 A1, 1933/792
Rabbi J L Gurewicz – Naturalisation certificate, 1937 A1, 1937/201
Farewell to his Excellency, Sir Isaac Isaacs, Governor-General, 1935 A1, 1935/12209
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, 1901
Canberra
Series: A6
Quantity: 2.36 metres
Recorded by: 1901–1901: Department of External Affairs (I), Melb (CA 7)
Petition against the return of the Member for Fremantle electorate, Mr Elias Solomon, by another contestant, W E Adcock, 18 Jun 1901 – 7 Aug 1901, 1901 A6, 1901/1841
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, ANNUAL SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, 1929–
Canberra
Series: A432
Quantity: 1957.68 metres
Recorded by: 1929–: Attorney-General's Department (CA 5)
Appointment of Sir Isaac Isaacs as (1) Justice of the High Court of Australia; (2) Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, 1906–52 A432, 1950/469
Sir Isaac A. Isaacs – Pension, 1936–47 A432, 1936/38
Justice of the High Court – Leave of Absence. The Right Honorable Sir Isaac A Isaacs KCMG, 1920 A432, 1938/317
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, MULTIPLE NUMBER SERIES (SECOND SYSTEM), 1923–34
Canberra
Series: A458
Quantity: 49.77 metres
Recorded by: 1923–1934: Prime Minister's Department (CA 12)
Memorial – late Sir John Monash, 1932–33 A458, X370/6
Sir John Monash, 1930 A458, 702/1/33
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, MULTI-NUMBER SERIES (THIRD SYSTEM), 1934–50
Canberra
Series: A461
Quantity: 143.82 metres
Recorded by: 1934–1950: Prime Minister's Department (CA 12)
Governor-General Appointment of Sir Isaac Isaacs, 1930–36 A461, E7/1/2
Sir Isaac Isaacs – Swearing In Ceremony, 1930–31 A461, F7/1/2
Sir Isaac Isaacs – Visit to England, 1936, 1935–36 A461, H7/1/2
Visit Landa, Abram, 1945 A461, 748/1/674
Memorials – Bust of Sir Isaac Isaacs [0.25cm], 1943–45 A461, AB370/1/8
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, MULTIPLE NUMBER SERIES, FOURTH SYSTEM, 1951–55
Canberra
Files in this series contain documents regarding primary industry, the Communist Party, World War II, state funerals, honours, and a wide range of other topics.
Series: A462
Quantity: 26.74 metres
Recorded by: 1951–1955: Prime Minister's Department (CA 12)
Historical – papers – Re appointment of Sir Isaac Isaacs as Governor-General, 1953–55 A462, 826/2/8
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, TWO NUMBER SYSTEM WITH LETTER PREFIX, SECRET AND CONFIDENTIAL FILES (THIRD SYSTEM), 1926–39
Canberra
The series consists of files of papers on a wide variety of subjects, arranged according to subject heading.
Series: A1606
Quantity: 5.67 metres
Recorded by: 1926–1939: Prime Minister's Department (CA 12)
Prime Minister's Department: Sir John Monash, 1923 A1606, E25/1
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, MULTIPLE NUMBER SERIES, 1948–89
Canberra
Series: A1838
Quantity: 3224.6 metres
Recorded by: 1948–1989: Department of External Affairs (II) (CA 18)
Radio Australia – Commentaries – Professor Zelman Cowen, 1962–65 A1838, 570/4/2/3/1 part 1
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, MULTIPLE NUMBER SERIES, 1945–75
Canberra
The series consists of general correspondence files from the Governor-General's Office.
Series: A2880
Quantity: 62.28 metres
Recorded by: 1945–1975: Governor-General (CA 1)
[Isaacs] Term of Office – Governor-General – Sir Isaac Isaacs – 22/1/31 to 23/1/36 [2cm], 1930–78 A2880, 2
HONOURS FILES (FOR SPECIFIC HONOURS, EVENTS OR INDIVIDUALS), 1921–54
Canberra
The series consists of files raised for specific honours.
Series: A2926
Quantity: 0.05 metres
Recorded by: 1921–1954: Governor-General (CA 1)
Sir Isaac ISAACS, 1937 A2926, A13
MILDENHALL COLLECTION OF GLASS PLATE NEGATIVES, 1921–35
Canberra
The series consists of 7000 glass plate negatives, most taken by William James Mildenhall.
Series: A3560
Quantity: 86.94 metres
Recorded by: 1932–1935: Civic (ACT) Administration Branch, Department of the Interior (CA 757)
Group at Parliament House including Sir Isaac Isaacs and Hon T W White, 14 Jan 1933, 1933 A3560, 6776
Sir Isaac Isaacs and Lady Isaacs at Government House, March 1933, 1933 A3560, 6875
Sir Isaac and Lady Isaacs beside the plane, 28 Jane 1933, 1933 A3560, 6998
Sir Isaac and Lady Isaacs at Yarralumla House, 1932 A3560, 7309
'THE SHEDDEN COLLECTION' [RECORDS COLLECTED BY SIR FREDERICK SHEDDEN DURING HIS CAREER WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE AND IN RESEARCHING THE HISTORY OF AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE POLICY], TWO NUMBER SERIES, 1937–71
Canberra
Series: A5954
Quantity: 193 metres
Recorded by: 1937–1939: Department of Defence (II) (Central Administration) (CA 19); 1939–1942: Department of Defence Co–ordination, Central Office (CA 37); 1942–1971: Department of Defence (III), Central Office (CA 46)
[Publication] An Appeal for a Greater Australia by Rt Hon Sir Isaac Isaacs, PC, GCB, GCMG, 1943 A5954, 1928/14
[Publication – IK] Demobilisation Questions and Answers. Rt Hon Sir Isaac Isaacs, PC, GCB, GCMG, 1945 A5954, 1928/15
Sir John Latham and other papers by Zelman COWEN, c1967 A5954, 1248/21
CORRESPONDENCE and PRINTED MATTER ARRANGED ACCORDING TO SUBJECT ('SPECIAL PORTFOLIO'), 1918–28
Canberra
Series: A6661
Quantity: 10.26 metres
Recorded by: 1918–1928: Governor-General (CA 1)
[Appointment of Sir Matthew Nathan, GCMG to the Pacific Cable Board], 1911 A6661, 532
RADIO ARCHIVES MASTER AUDIO TAPES, SUBJECT CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM, 1970–71
Sydney
The tapes in this series are master and working copies of gramophone discs in the ABC Sound Library.
Series: C102
Quantity: 53.93 metres
Recorded by: 1970–1971: Australian Broadcasting Commission, Head Office – Radio Archives (CA 251)
Latham, Sir John – Talks with Prof. Zelman Cowen and G Baker (audio tape), 1933–71 C102, POL114
Isaacs, Sir Isaac (audio tape), 1935 C102, POL6
Sir Isaac Isaacs. The Monash Ovation, 1937 C102, WRP27
PERSONAL PAPERS OF SIR JOHN GREIG LATHAM AS LEADER OF THE FEDERAL OPPOSITION (1929 – MARCH 1931), 1929–31
Canberra
A bundle of six folders contains representations from various groups and organisations asking Latham to 'exert influence' on behalf of the petitioners.
Series: CP450/3
Quantity: 0.03 metres
Recorded by: 1929–1931: The Rt Hon Sir John Greig Latham (CP 148)
Governor-General [Re appointment of Sir Isaac Isaacs by the Scullin Government], 1930–31 CP450/3, BUNDLE 1/4
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, MULTIPLE NUMBER SERIES WITH 'N' (NSW) PREFIX, 1952–75
Sydney
This is the main correspondence series of the GPO (Sydney) for policy, precedents and administrative matters.
Series: C3739
Quantity: 1.8 metres
Recorded by: 1952–1975: General Post Office, Sydney (CA 1030)
General Sir John Monash Commemorative Stamp (Box 550), 1964–65 C3739, 281/22/79
PHOTOGRAPHIC NEGATIVES, SINGLE NUMBER SERIES WITH 'HN' PREFIX, 1965–90
Sydney
The series consists of celluloid and glass plate negatives, maintained by Australia Post's history section until its closure in 1988.
Series: C4076
Quantity: 2.88 metres
Recorded by: 1965–1975: General Post Office, Sydney (CA 1030)
Sir John Monash and J Malone during radio broadcast, 1923 C4076, HN1037
PHOTOS OF MISCELLANEOUS PERSONALITIES: TELEVISION, RADIO, STAGE, CONCERT VISITS, ETC, WITH SOME PUBLICITY MATTER CONCERNING SPECIFIC TELEVISION PROGRAMMES, 1940–67
Sydney
Series: SP1011/1
Quantity: 25 metres
Recorded by: 1940–1967: Australian Broadcasting Commission, Head Office (CA 251)
[ABC Publicity Photos] Zelman Cowen, Professor of Law [Box 84], 1957 SP1011/1, 1605
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, 1913–78
Adelaide
Series: B300
Quantity: 200 metres
Recorded by: 1913–1917: Acting Commissioner, Commonwealth Railways (CA 2106); 1917–1975: Commonwealth Railways Commissioner (CA 265)
Gold passes held by Sir Isaac Isaacs and Lady (ex–Governor General), 1935–51 B300, 5646/1
Reservation of accommodation for Sir Isaac and Lady Isaacs, 1936–38 B300, 7835
MISCELLANEOUS PAPERS, SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, 1913–89
Melbourne
The series consists of files collected by Connie Hauser, former secretary to Lord Casey.
Series: M3299
Quantity: 3.69 metres
Recorded by: 1913–1976: Rt Hon Richard Gardiner Casey (CP 24)
Australia – Governor-General and State Governors (Sir Isaac Isaacs and the Governor-Generalship 1930), 1927–30 M3299, NN
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, MULTIPLE NUMBER SERIES, FOURTH SYSTEM, 1951–55
Canberra
Files in this series contain documents regarding primary industry, the Communist Party, World War II, state funerals, honours, and a wide range of other topics.
Series: A462
Quantity: 26.74 metres
Recorded by: 1951–1955: Prime Minister's Department (CA 12)
Passport Visas – allegation of misuse of passport – Prof (Professor) Julius STONE, 1951–52 A462, 696/22
SCRIPTS OF TALKS BY SPECIAL SPEAKERS, ALPHABETICAL ORDER, 1939–54
Sydney
The series consists of talk-scripts created and broadcast by 12 'special speakers' (among them Professor Stone) on ABC Radio.
Series: SP300/2
Quantity: 0.36 metres
Recorded by: 1939–1954: Australian Broadcasting Commission, Head Office (CA 251)
Item: Professor Julius Stone – 'Fighting Faith': The Question of the Moment, Need we be Confused, The Fascist challenge and Democracy's answer [15 pages] [Box 2], 1942 SP300/2, STONE/1
PHOTOS OF MISCELLANEOUS PERSONALITIES: TELEVISION, RADIO, STAGE, CONCERT VISITS, ETC, WITH SOME PUBLICITY MATTER CONCERNING SPECIFIC TELEVISION PROGRAMMES, 1940–67
Canberra
Series: SP1011/1
Quantity: 25 metres
Recorded by: 1940–1967: Australian Broadcasting Commission, Head Office (CA 251)
[ABC Publicity Photos] Professor Julius Stone, professor of Law, University of Sydney [Box 130], 1950–60 SP1011/1, 4353
GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE 1943–45
Melbourne
The records consist of policy and precedent documents about the movement of personnel.
Series: MP72/1
Quantity: 2.52 metres
Recorded by: 1943–1945: Department of the Army, Central Office (CA 36)
Lt Col Julius Stone, Directorate of Research, LHQ, 1942–46 MP727/1, GP38/27

The Arts

Image 2: Roy Rene, 1933, as 'Mo'.

Image 2: Roy Rene, 1933, as 'Mo'.
NAA: A1861, 6443
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Jewish people have always valued creativity and culture. Many Australian Jews have contributed greatly to Australia's rich cultural life.

Especially notable in the creative arts have been E L Montefiore, E Phillips Fox, Sali Herman, Desiderius Orban, Judy Cassab, Mirka Mora, Louis Kahan and Karl Duldig.

The music world has benefited from the diverse talents of Isador Goodman, George Dreyfus, Linda Phillips and Larry Sitsky, while the entertainment field generally has boasted Barnett Levey, John Lazar, Roy Rene, Evelyn Krape, Ben Lewin, Renee Geyer and Barrie Kosky, to name just a few.

Australian Jewish writers have included Pinchas Goldhar, Serge Liberman, Nancy Keesing, Judah Waten, David Martin and Lily Brett.

Harry Seidler, Ernest Fooks and Nahum Barnet each made a permanent mark on architecture.

CORRESPONDENCE FILES, ANNUAL SINGLE NUMBER SERIES WITH OCCASIONAL 'G' (GENERAL REPRESENTATIONS) INFIX, 1956–
Canberra
The series deals with general and policy matters, including diplomatic relations with other countries, immigration, defence, industry and honours.
Series: A463
Quantity: 701.38 metres
Recorded by: 1956–1971: Prime Minister's Department (CA 12)
Proposed portrait of Her Majesty the Queen by Judy Cassab, 1957 A463, 1957/277
Paintings by J Nathan, 1938 A463, 1965/3426
APPLICATIONS FOR ARTISTIC COPYRIGHT (WITH EXHIBITS) 1907–69
Canberra
The series consists of copyright files
Series: A1861
Quantity: 26.18 metres
Recorded by: 1913–1930: Copyright Office (II) (CA 556); 1930–1969: Australian Industrial Property Organisation, Central Office (CA 555)
Photograph. Roy Rene in makeup of character 'Mo'. Registration and Exhibit, 1933 A1861, 6443
MICROFILM COPIES OF PERSONAL AND SUBJECT FILES (A6119 and A6122), 1960–
Canberra
This series consists of copies of inactive files, formerly part of A6119 and A6122. The material is retained by ASIO and transferred to the National Archives on request.
Series: A6126
Quantity: 17 metres
Recorded by: 1960–: Australian Security Intelligence Organization, Central Office (CA 1297)
Harry SEIDLER, c1949–61 A6126, 254
PLANS AND SPECIFICATIONS OF THE FINALISTS' DESIGNS FOR THE NEW AND PERMANENT PARLIAMENT HOUSE, 1979–80
Canberra
Series: AA1980/485
Quantity: 0.86 metres
Recorded by: 1979–1980: Parliament House Construction Authority (CA 2871)
Entry 75 [Parliament House Design Competition – Harry Seidler], 1979–80 AA1980/485, 75
RADIO ARCHIVES MASTER AUDIO TAPES, SUBJECT CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM, 1970–71
Sydney
The tapes in this series are master and working copies of gramophone discs in the ABC Sound library.
Series: C102
Quantity: 53.93 metres
Recorded by: 1970–1971: Australian Broadcasting Commission, Head Office – Radio Archives (CA 251)
Roy Rene – 'Portrait of a Clown' (audio tape), 1963 C102, FD42
VANCE PALMER COLLECTION – SCRIPTS OF TALKS PRESENTED DURING HIS REGULAR ABC RADIO PROGRAMME, 1941–59
Sydney
Series: SP300/7
Quantity: 0.9 metres
Recorded by: 1940–1959: Australian Broadcasting Commission, Head Office (CA 251)
Current Books Worth Reading – 27 April 1947 [A Flask for the Journey – F L Green; Lucinda Brayford – Martin Boyd; X-Ray the City – Ernest Fooks] [5p; Box 2], 1947 SP300/7, 172
Current Books Worth Reading – 7 Jan 1951 [The Anatomy of Satire – C E Vulliamy (Editor); The Face of the Earth – H M Tomlinson; The Stones of Mombay – David Martin] [7 pages, Box 3] SP300/7, 263
ARTISTS' FILES, 1928–55
Sydney
The series includes correspondence between artists and the ABC regarding contracts, etc.
Series: SP368/1
Quantity: 3.78 metres
Recorded by: 1932–1955: Australian Broadcasting Commission, Head Office (CA 251)
Linda Phillips [Box 12], 1937–48 SP368/1, 7/44/10
June Epstein [Box 5], 1940 SP368/1, 7/20/5
Roy Rene (Mo) [Box 12], 1936–52 SP368/1, 7/46/1
TALKS SCRIPTS – GENERAL SUBJECTS, 1951
Sydney
The series consists of typewritten scripts of talks presented on ABC radio.
Series: SP369/1
Quantity: 1.62 metres
Recorded by: 1951–1951: Australian Broadcasting Commission, Head Office (CA 251)
[ABC Radio Presentation by Desiderius Orban] – 'Why an artist paints as he does' [Box 7], 1951 SP369/1, O/12
[ABC Radio presentation by Desiderius Orban] – Armchair chat 'Christmas season in Central Europe' [Box 7], 1951 SP369/1, 0/11
[ABC Radio presentation by David Martin] – 'Visit to a Yogi' [Box 6], 1951 SP369/1, M/5
[ABC Radio Presentation by David Martin] – 'No Chelsea Down Under' [Box 6], 1951 SP369/1, M/8
[ABC Radio Presentation by Dr Rabbi R Brasch] 'People of the North' [Box 1], 1951 SP369/1, B/37
CORRESPONDENCE – AUSTRALIAN COMPOSERS, 1936–65
Sydney
Files in the series contain correspondence between composers and the ABC.
Series: SP827/2
Quantity: 1.62 metres
Recorded by: 1936–1965: Australian Broadcasting Commission, Head Office (CA 251)
Australian composers: Linda Phillips [2cm; Box 8], 1943–59 SP827/2, Phillips
PHOTOS OF MISCELLANEOUS PERSONALITIES: TELEVISION, RADIO, STAGE, CONCERT VISITS, ETC, WITH SOME PUBLICITY MATTER CONCERNING SPECIFIC TELEVISION PROGRAMMES, 1940–67
Sydney
Series: SP1011/1
Quantity: 25 metres
Recorded by: 1940–1967: Australian Broadcasting Commission, Head Office (CA 251)
[ABC Publicity photos] Hyman Lenzer, violinist [Box 106], c1958 SP1011/1, 2944
[ABC Publicity photos] Sali Herman, Artist [Box 97], 1957 SP1011/1, 2410
[ABC Publicity Photos] Roy Rene (also known as Mo) [Box 122], 1930 SP1011/1, 3903
[ABC Publicity Photos] Linda Phillips, composer [Box 119], c1945–55 SP1011/1, 3740
TAPE RECORDINGS OF ABC RADIO AND TELEVISION PROGRAMMES, 1961–67
Sydney
The series consists of magnetic tape recordings of ABC radio and TV programs.
Series: SP1105/1
Quantity: 2.88 metres
Recorded by: 1961–1967: Australian Broadcasting Commission, Head Office (CA 251)
Music of Linda Phillips, 5 Aug 1966 (1 tape) [Box 11], 1966 SP1105/1, 32
AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL REGISTRY FILES, 1913–79
Australian War Memorial (AWM)
Series: AWM93
Quantity: 78.8 metres
Recorded by: 1919–1925: Australian War Museum Committee (CA 467); 1925–1943: Australian War Memorial (CA 616); 1943–1945: Official History 1939–45 War (CA 7040)
War of 1939–45. Application and appointment of Official War artist: Capt Sali Herman, 1944–48 AWM93, 50/4/2/154
PERSONAL FILES, ALPHA-NUMERIC SERIES, 1949–
Canberra
This series contains many individual case files. All records are retained by ASIO, transferable on request to the National Archives.
Series: A6119
Quantity: 37.08 metres
Recorded by: 1949–: Australian Security and Intelligence Organization, Central Office (CA 1297)
WATEN, Judah, volume 6, 1962 A6119, 817

Business

Leading figures in the business world have included members of the Michaelis, Solomon, Smorgon and Liberman families, Solomon Levey, Samuel Wynn, Sidney Baevski Myer, Richard Pratt, Eve Mahlab, John Gandel, Sir Asher Joel, Sir Peter Abeles, Saul Same, Rene Rivkin and Solomon Lew. W D Rubinstein notes that a disproportionate share of Australia's most successful contemporary entrepreneurs are Jews.53

CORRESPONDENCE FILES, MULTIPLE NUMBER SERIES WITH YEAR AND LETTER PREFIXES, 1945–46
Canberra
Series: A1067
Quantity: 31 metres
Recorded by: 1946–1946: Department of External Affairs (II), Central Office (CA 18)
Mr Makin's Article for Asher Joel, 1946 A1067, PI46/5/8/10
Miscellaneous – Enquiry by Abram Landa, Barton and Co. re Valentine v Mandated Alluvials N L [4 pages], 1946 A1067, IC46/61/117
MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS, 1941–49
Melbourne
Records in this series cover subjects such as scientific and technological research, patents, imports, recruitment of scientists, etc.
Series: M61/1
Quantity: 43.92 metres
Recorded by: 1948–1949: Division of Industrial Development, Head Office (CA 776)
[Financial assistance and capital issues] Norman Smorgon and Sons P/L, inspection and valuations pears and peach preparation machines [5 folios], 1951 MP61/1, 2/300/3704
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, THREE NUMBER SYSTEM WITH INFIX, 1923–60
Melbourne
Series: MP1185/9
Quantity: 1.44 metres
Recorded by: 1923–1939: Navy Office (III), Department of Defence (CA 2456); 1939–1950: Navy Office (IV), Department of the Navy (II) (CA 38)
Lt AA [Asher] Joel, RANVR: Appointment as Rep of Naval Info Sec, NID, 1943–44 MP1185/9, 432/211/3406

Rabbis and community leaders

Leading communal identities, who have become well-known as spokespersons for the Jewish community to the wider population, have included Rabbis Joseph Abrahams, Israel Porush, Jacob Danglow, Herman Sanger, John Levi, Rudolph Brash and Shalom Coleman, and lay leaders such as Isi and Mark Leibler or Jeremy Jones.

CORRESPONDENCE FILES, SINGLE NUMBER SERIES WITH YEAR PREFIX, 1916–27, AND 'C' PREFIX, 1927–53
Canberra
Series: A367
Quantity: 64.08 metres
Recorded by: 1919–1946: Investigation Branch, Central Office (CA 747); 1946–1953: Commonwealth Investigation Service (CA 650)
Blumenthal, Rabbi Hans, 1942–49 A367, C55992
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, ANNUAL SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, 1908–38
Canberra
Series: A1
Quantity: 337.14 metres
Recorded by: 1932–1938: Department of the Interior [I], Central Administration (CA 27)
Hirsch Munz – Naturalisation, 1933 A1, 1933/792
Rabbi J L Gurewicz – Naturalisation certificate, 1937 A1, 1937/201
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, ANNUAL SINGLE NUMBER SERIES WITH OCCASIONAL 'G' (GENERAL REPRESENTATIONS) INFIX, 1956–
Canberra
The series deals with general and policy matters, including diplomatic relations with other countries, immigration, defence, industry and honours.
Series: A463
Quantity: 701.38 metres
Recorded by: 1956–1971: Prime Minister's Department (CA 12)
John Goulston – Civil honour, 1958 A463, 1958/2369
Sanger, Rabbi Dr H M – Honours, 1961 A463, 1961/4626
Dr Eric Goulston – Honour, 1965 A463, 1965/4814
Rabbi Jacob Danglow – Honour, 1955 A463, 1959/3902
Alroy Cohen – Honours, 1963 A463, 1963/3271
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, MULTIPLE NUMBER SERIES WITH YEAR PREFIX, 1942–5
Canberra
This series relates to the administrative and gathering functions of the Department. Generally, the series is concerned with Australia's relations with other countries, specifically in the context of World War II. Subjects of files include aliens, deportations, naturalisation, passports and landing permits, plight of refugees.
Series: A989
Quantity: 30.42 metres
Recorded by: 1942–1945: Department of External Affairs (II), Central Office (CA 18)
Schenk, Rabbi Max. Requests official sponsorship for speaking tour in NT, 1942–45 A989, 1943/700/3
MICROFILM OF COMMONWEALTH INVESTIGATION SERVICE AND ASIO FILES, 1968
Canberra
Series: A9108
Quantity: 11.88 metres
Recorded by: 1968–1968: Australian Security Intelligence Organization (CA 1297)
Sanger [Rabbi Herman Max; 7 pages], 1941–44 A9108, ROLL 22/53
R G CASEY, MINISTERIAL CORRESPONDENCE FILES, ANNUAL SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, 1956–60
Canberra
Series: A10302
Quantity: 9.1 metres
Recorded by: 1956–1960: Department of External Affairs (II), Central Office (CA 18)
Epstein, Julius, 1956 A10302, 1956/811
Frenkell, Rabbi Dr M, 1956 A10302, 1956/735
GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE OF THE GOVERNOR-GENERAL (EXCLUDING WAR FILES), 1912–27
Melbourne
Contents dates for this series are 1884–1937.
Series: CP78/22
Quantity: 28.98 metres
Recorded by: 1912–1927: Governor-General (CA 1)
Jews in Victoria, 1921
This file simply consists of notification that Rev Jacob Danglow is the official Victorian Jewish representative for official functions.
CP78/22, 21/805
CORRESPONDENCE RE NATURALISATION AND INTERNEES [SINGLE NUMBER SERIES WITH 'N' (NSW) PREFIX], c1914–46
Sydney
Series: ST1233/1
Quantity: 28.62 metres
Recorded by: 1920–1946: Commonwealth Investigation Branch, NSW (CA 904)
Rabbi Hans Blumenthal, 1940–44 ST1233/1, N31894
PHOTOS OF MISCELLANEOUS PERSONALITIES: TELEVISION, RADIO, STAGE, CONCERT VISITS, ETC, WITH SOME PUBLICITY MATTER CONCERNING SPECIFIC TELEVISION PROGRAMMES, 1940–67
Sydney
Series: SP1011/1
Quantity: 25 metres
Recorded by: 1940–1967: Australian Broadcasting Commission, Head Office (CA 251)
[ABC Publicity Photos] Dr R Brasch, Chief Rabbi [Box 78], 1958 SP1011/1, 1238
DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION BROADCAST TRANSCRIPTS AND PRESS RELEASES, 1939–50
Australian War Memorial (AWM)
Series: AWM80
Quantity: 25.2 metres
Recorded by: 1939–1950: Department of Information, Central Office (CA 24)
[Department of Information – Broadcasting Division:] Talks by Rabbi Dr H Freedman (Jan 1943) [transcripts], 1943 AWM80, 1/173
GENERAL AND CLASSIFIED CORRESPONDENCE, ANNUAL SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, 1902–
Melbourne
Series: B13
Quantity: 54.90 metres
Recorded by: 1902–1985: Collector of Customs, Melbourne (CA 789)
Rabbi Dr H M Saenger – Arrival Melbourne per 'Viminale' Aug 1936, 1936 B13, 1936/21418
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, SINGLE NUMBER SERIES WITH 'V' (VICTORIA) PREFIX, 1924–62
Melbourne
Series: B741
Quantity: 29.88 metres
Recorded by: 1927–1946: Investigation Branch, Victoria (CA 907); 1946–1960: Commonwealth Investigation Service, Victoria (CA 916)
Dr Judah Leon Jona, 1932–44 B741, V/10021
Alfred Lipshut and Hirsch Munz, 1928–48 B741, V/5127
Abraham Smorgon, 1932–38 B741, V/10638
Rabbi Gurewicz and family – naturalisation granted 27 Nov 1939, 1932–48 B741, V/10563
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, MULTIPLE NUMBER SERIES, 1930–39
Melbourne
Series: B1535
Quantity: 30.20 metres
Recorded by: 1930–1939: Army headquarters, Department of Defence (II) (CA 2671); 1939–1939: Department of the Army, Central Office (CA 36)
[R J Wolman – Rabbi], 1937 B1535, 731/2/74
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, ANNUAL SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, 1871–1962
Adelaide
Files in this series deal with bond store matters, operational policy, passports and immigration.
Series: D596
Quantity: 65.34 metres
Recorded by: 1871–1962: Australian Customs Service, State Administration, SA (CA 802)
Rabbi Dr H M Saenger to enter Australia, 1936 D596, 1936/6246

Notes

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52 Australian Jewish Herald, 24 Dec 1931.

53 W.D. Rubinstein, The Jews in Australia; a Thematic History, p.13-5.


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