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A Cruel and Desperate Man?

Joseph Solomon (1826–1894)

The ‘illegitimate’ child of Judah Solomon and Elizabeth Howell, Joseph spent his early childhood at Judah’s mansion in Hobart, Temple House. When Judah died in 1856, Temple House passed to his legitimate son Isaac. Seven years later, in 1863, Joseph bought the property from his half-brother. Childless, he lived there until the end of his life in 1894.
In 1880 he attempted to enter the Tasmanian parliament, as the Legislative Council member for Huon. But irregularities in the vote were noted, and a charge of bribery was made against Joseph. The vote was declared invalid, and Joseph Solomon was disqualified.

Joseph Solomon M.L.C., son of Judah Solomon and his housekeeper Elizabeth.
Joseph Solomon M.L.C., son of Judah Solomon and his housekeeper Elizabeth.

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