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Abraham, Roy Clive (1890–1963), scholar of African languages and colonial administrator, was born on 16 December 1890 in Melbourne, Australia, the second son of Isaac Abraham (1849-1918) and his wife Amy nee Soloman (b. 1861). From a Jewish background, he studied at ...

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Bentwich, Norman de Mattos (1883–1971), colonial official and exponent of Jewish ideals, was born in London on 28 February 1883, the elder son and second of eleven children of Herbert Bentwich (1856–1932) and his wife, Susannah, daughter of Joseph Solomon, leather merchant, and sister of ...

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Norman de Mattos Bentwich (1883–1971) by Elliott & Fry, 1950 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cohen, Sir Andrew Benjamin (1909–1968), civil servant and colonial governor, was born on 7 October 1909 at Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, the twin son of Walter Samuel Cohen (1870–1960), financier and company director, and his wife, Lucy Margaret Cobb (1877–1942). On his father's side he stemmed from a wealthy Jewish business family, and on his mother's, from a radical Unitarian family; the two strains combined in the son to produce an élitist with a social conscience. His elder sister ...

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Cowen, Sir Zelman (1919–2011), legal scholar, governor-general of Australia, and college head, was born Zelman Cohen on 7 October 1919 in St Kilda, Melbourne, the only son of Bernard Cohen, later Cowen (1892–1975), businessman, and his wife Sara, née Granat (1893–1989). In March 1922 his father changed his surname by deed poll. Both families were part of the mass exodus of Jews from tsarist ...

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Sir Zelman Cowen (1919–2011) by Wes Walters, 2000 © National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, Gift of Marc Besen AO and Dr Joseph Brown AO OBE 2000

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Ellis, Sir Barrow Helbert (1823–1887), East India Company servant, was born in London on 24 January 1823, the son of S. Helbert Ellis, treasurer of the Great Synagogue, Duke's Place, London, and his wife, Fanny, daughter of Samuel Lyons de Symons. The family name was originally ...

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Goldsmid, Henry Edward (1812–1855), East India Company servant, born at Finsbury Square, London, on 9 May 1812, was the second son of Edward Moses (1763–1853), of Upper Harley Street, London, and his wife, Rose, née Joachim (1774–1851). His father took the name Goldsmid...

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Kyshe, James William Norton- (1855–1920), colonial official and legal writer, was probably born in Mauritius, the second son of Henry Kyshe and Esther Norton. He once described himself as 'one of the Jewish race, closely connected to the Jews of the best birth and highest standing in ...

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Nathan, Sir Matthew (1862–1939), civil servant and colonial governor, was born in Paddington, London, on 3 January 1862, the second son of Jonah Nathan and his second wife, Miriam, daughter of Lewis Jacobs. His father descended from Jewish immigrants from Dessau and was a partner in a firm manufacturing paper goods. ...

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Sir Matthew Nathan (1862–1939) by Walter Stoneman, 1920 © National Portrait Gallery, London