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Samuel Raphael,

WHOSE association with the Adelaide Municipal Council extends back to primitive times in the civic body, arrived in this city from Sydney, New South Wales, in 1848. He established himself in business as a money-lender, and was universally recognised as a shrewd man. After about fifteen years he retired with a fair competence, acquired house property, and possessed no small influence as a ratepayer. He first entered the City Council in 1865, and remained one of its most enthusiastic members until 1870, after which for several years, though he contested every election, he was unsuccessful as a candidate for office. In 1877 he was again re-elected, and retired by effluxion of time. In the present year he was returned for Grey Ward, and held the position of councillor at the time of his death, which took place in Adelaide on October 30, 1885. Mr. Raphael's eccentric speeches on what he considered popular subjects will not be speedily forgotten, nor the remarkable exhibitions of platform oratory with which he enlivened many a dull meeting. He was always a strenuous advocate for the rights of the citizens, and advocated what to him appeared their best interests.