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Lewis Abrahams, Draper, Hobart, Tasmania (?-1860)

Lewis Abrahams Token Penny

Image: Lewis Abrahams Token Penny

Source: Museum Victoria

'Lewis Abrahams was certainly living in Hobart Town in 1835, records show that he was the occupier of a house and garden at 19 Bathurst Street and was in partnership with a certain H.C. Davis in a shop at 102 Liverpool Street. He was married in the Jewish Synagogue in December 1855. It appears that Davis withdrew from the partnership and Abrahams carried on alone. He died in Hobart in 1860.' (McNeice, p.70)

According to the details recorded on his tokens, Abrahams was a draper.

There is no listing in the Archives Office of Tasmania Pioneer's Database for a Lewis Abrahams.

Abrahams is mentioned in a number of documents held by the Hobart Hebrew Congregation, published in A Few from Afar. He is listed as a contributor to the fund for the construction of the Hobart Synagogue in 1844-1845, and as a 'seatholder' (financial member) of the Hobart Hebrew Congregation for some time during the period 1852-1877 (Ellis, pp. 33, 87)

He issued one variety of penny, and one variety of halfpenny tokens in 1855. The tokens were made for him by Heaton and Sons of Birmingham.

References:
McNeice, R.Coins and Tokens of Tasmania, 1803-1910, pp. 70-71.
Andrews, A. (1921). Australasian Tokens and Coins, p.27.
Elias, A. & P., A few From Afar - Jewish Lives in Tasmania from 1804, pp. 33, 87.

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