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Like a King Without a Crown

John Solomon (1807-1889)

John Solomon was the oldest son of Isaac and Ann Solomon. He was born in 1807. When his mother was transported John and his younger brother, Moses, remained behind in London. They sailed independently to Australia as ‘gentlemen to settle’.
Some time around the mid 1830s John moved to Sydney. In the 1860s he was said to be operating as a bullion merchant and living in fashionable Darlinghurst. He married Elizabeth Harris in 1856 and they had seven children.
He died at home in Sydney at the age of 83. His death certificate was signed by son-in-law, Samuel Henry Harris, and his estate was said to be worth the tidy sum of £181,000.

John must have become a pillar of the Jewish establishment in Sydney as he was heavily involved in establishing Sydney’s Great Synagogue on Hyde Park.
John must have become a pillar of the Jewish establishment in Sydney as he was heavily involved in establishing Sydney’s Great Synagogue on Hyde Park.

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