From Ballarat and District Industrial Heritage Project
- (From Our Own Correspondent).
- DEATH OF MR. JOSEPH PHILLIPS.
- Death once more has removed from our midst another member forming a link be-tween the past and present of the Ballarat Hebrew Congregation in the person, of Mr. Joseph Phillips, who died at his residence, "Ellaville," Victoria-street, Ballarat East, at an early hour on Sunday morning, 20th October.
- The deceased gentleman, although in in-different health for some time past, was exceedingly active for his advanced age, viz., seventy-seven, and on the evening previous to his demise he attended the rooms of the Old Colonists' Association, and was in his ordinary health and spirits. On reaching his home, however, he was suddenly taken with an apoplectic seizure, and, passed away a few hours afterwards. No gentleman in the Hebrew community was more respected than the late Mr. Phillips, who, for a number of years, ever, since his arrival on tho goldfields of Ballarat. had been a contributor to the funds of the congregation, and this in no small degree.
- As a member of the Board of Management he took an interest in the welfare of the Congregation, and his advice and counsel were greatly valued. He dispensed charity unostentatiously, and besides being a member of the Ballarat Jewish Philanthropic Society for nearly fifty years, the deceased gentleman occupied a lending position on all the Ballarat charitable institutions, and was holding the position of Treasurer of the Benevolent Asylum at his death.
- The deceased was also concerned in municipal life, and some years ago occupied the position as a member of the Ballarat Town Council. He was President of the Ballarat East Public Library, and a prominent member of the Oddfellows and Masonic lodges.
- The funeral of the late Mr. Phillips took place the following day, and was the largest Jewish funeral seen, in Ballarat, and showed how widely he was esteemed by all classes and denominations. The cortege comprised representatives of all the charitable institutions. The burial service was impressively read by the Rev. B. Lonzer, who also gave an address, touching upon the many good qualities of the deceased.
- A Masonic service was also conducted at the grave side. Deceased leaves a widow and an adult family to mourn their loss.
- At a special meeting of the Ballarat Hebrew Congregation, which had been called on the afternoon of the late Mr. Phillips' death, the business on the notice paper was withdrawn, but opportunity was taken to refer to the sad event.
- Cr. A. Levy. J.P., in moving that a letter of sympathy on behalf of the Congregation be sent to the relatives of the deceased gentleman, expressed regret at the severe loss the Jewish community had suffered.
- Mr. J. Bernstein seconded the resolution, and referred to the deceased's lengthy connection with the Congregation.
- The motion was supported by the President, Mr. H. S. Simmons, and carried unanimously.
- ↑ Jewish Herald, 1 November 1907.
--Clare K.Gervasoni 22:19, 6 June 2017 (AEST)