Eliezer Levi Montefiore 1820-94 (see 3 images below) can be found in our chart of our first Australian ancestors. He was a grandson of Eliezer Montefiore 1761-1837 and Judith Joseph Levi ~1775-1836 (who was a first cousin of Simon Barrow of Bath). He was thus a great-grandson of Moses Vita Montefiore (the first English Montefiore). His mother was a cousin of Sir Moses Montefiore, and also a sister of Joseph Barrow Montefiore (whose NSW, Victorian and South Australian activities are described here and here). An informative account of a sketchbook of Eliezer Levi Montefiore may be found in ref 281 which has been uploaded. This publication points out that Eliezer was in Adelaide by 1843 and that in an S T Gill watercolour of 1844 his (Montefiore) store is prominent in the painting (and must therefore have been the central building in the image). The store may have been left in his uncle Joseph's hands (Joseph arrived in Adelaide in 1846). Eliezer married Joseph's daughter Esther Hannah Barrow Montefiore (see centre image below) in 1848 and they moved to Melbourne in 1853 (where he had already taken charge of the Melbourne branch of his brother Jacob's firm Montefiore, Graham & Co. - he became a partner on 1 Jul 1854 as the Melbourne Argus reported 2 days later) and ultimately to Sydney where art became a major part of his life once his business activities receded (see ref 53 from which his entry has been reproduced in the notes under his name in our main genealogy). His brother Jacob also showed artistic flair (writing plays including The Duel which he translated from the French; it was performed at the Theatre Royal in 1843, and his operatic libretto, John of Austria, was set to music by Isaac Nathan and performed in 1847) but unlike his brother Eliezer whose artistic passion blossomed late Jacob's interest was overwhelmed by his business success and the political influence he achieved.


This image of Eliezer Levi Montefiore (photographer unknown) appeared on the front page of ref 281 the main subject of which is his sketchbook. This contains drawings he made just before the journey he made in late 1852 from Adelaide to Melbourne via Sydney with his wife (see image to right) and during much of his Melbourne stay. This is (from ref 281) a portrait of his wife Esther Hannah Barrow Montefiore 1829-83 #588, who was also his cousin being the 1st daughter of Joseph Barrow Montefiore #455, his mother's youngest brother. They married in Adelaide on 3 May 1848 and they had 1 surviving son Arthur Augustus. She was born at sea and died in Woollahra.   This photograph appeared in The Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser on 3 Nov 1894, accompanying an obituary.   This photograph was found on http://www.familytree.cams.id.au but its origin is currently unknown.