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Former Member Details

Mr Jacob Levi MONTEFIORE (1819 - 1885)

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Date of Birth: 11/01/1819
Place of Birth: Bridgetown, Barbados, Carribean
Date of Death: 24/01/1885
Place of Death: England
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 22 May 1856 23 Apr 1860 3 years 11 months 2 days First (Quinquennial) Appointments under the Constitution Act. Date of Writ of Summons 13 May 1856.
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 03 Nov 1874 23 Jul 1877 2 years 8 months 21 days Life Appointment under the Constitution Act. Date of Writ of Summons 14 July 1874
Political Party Activity
Community Activity
Commissioned as a Justice of the Peace in 1857. Member of Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron. Belgian Consul from 1863.
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Merchant, pastoralist, company director and author. Well educated. Became a trader and visited England in 1844. Acquired squatting interests. Traded on own from 1862 until 1865. Firm became agents for Aberdeen Clipper Line. By 1855 was a Director of Bank of Australasia. Director of New South Wales Marine Insurance Company. Held property on Darling Downs. Director of Australian Gaslight Company. Moruya Silver Mining Company. Tomago Coal Mining Company. Glanmire Gold Mining Company. On Committee of Chamber of Commerce in 1856. Chairman from 1866 until 1869. 1874 until 1875. Free Trade Association in 1865. Wrote one of the first books of economic theory published in Australia, 'A Catechism of the Rudiments of Political Economy', and wrote pamphlets on free trade. He translated French novels and in 1847 wrote the libretto for Isaac Nathan's opera 'Don John of Austria'.
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Son of Isaac Levi, merchant and Esther Montefiore. Married Caroline Antonine Gerardine Louyet on 9 July 1851 in London. Jewish. Related to Sir Moses Montefiore and the Rothschild family.
Additional Information
Australian Dictionary of Biography (ADB), Volume 5. Eric Irvin, Dictionary of the Australian Theatre 1788 - 1914 (1985)