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The contribution of Jews to Australian business has been immense, and disproportionate to the percentage of Jewish people in Australia at any given time. From the First Fleet onwards, Jewish convicts served their sentences and went on to open their own businesses, such as general stores, hotels and tobacco shops. Through the efforts of succcessful convicts-turned-merchants including Solomon Levey, many more English Jews were encouraged to emigrate to Australia to try their fortunes in business. Networks of Jewish Australians were forged, many of which were centred around the synagogue in their chosen city.
These pages tell the stories of just a handful of the many Jewish business people who made great names for themselves in colonial Australia.