AUCTION 10 | Tuesday, June 27th, 2000 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Printed Books, Manuscripts and Works of Art

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Lot 292


Testimonial of the Melbourne Hebrew Congregation addressed to the Duke of Edinburgh. In this lavish illuminated vellum presentation, the representatives of the Congregation express their pleasure at the Prince’s arrival to Melbourne, declare their allegiance to the Royal Family and wish the Prince success and prosperity 515x685 mm. Framed

Melbourne: 26th November, 1867

Est: $15,000 - $18,000
A Proud Monument to early Australian Jewry. Melbourne, the capital of Victoria was founded in 1835. The Melbourne Jewish Community was established in 1841. In 1847 the Melbourne Hebrew Congregation, the city’s first synagogue opened. It’s religious life was based on the traditions of Anglo-Jewry. It’s Minister at the time of this historic Royal Visit was London-born Rabbi Abraham Frederick Ornstein (1836-95), who officiated in Melbourne from 1866-75, before accepting the call to Cape Town, South Africa. See L.M. Goldman, Jews in Victoria in the 19th Century (1954)