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Hyman Marks, benefactor

Hyman Marks, benefactor

Many of the Jews who arrived in the late 19th century came from Poland or Russia to escape discrimination and persecution. Hyman Marks was a Polish Jew who became a naturalised British subject (and fervent British patriot) soon after he arrived in Christchurch in 1861. When he died, childless, in 1895, he left his considerable fortune to several Christchurch charities.

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Stephen Levine, 'Jews - 19th-century immigration', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/1238/hyman-marks-benefactor (accessed 21 October 2017)

Story by Stephen Levine, published 8 Feb 2005