The contents of this book will, I hope, help the community to
understaml itself and learn of the glorious triumphs of its forbears
during their struggles as pioneers in this State whose centenary we
are so proud and fortunate to he celebrating this year.
Our assiduous author has accomplished a feat of which he
should be justly proud, and has rummaged all through my congre-
gational minutes, documents and such other matter relavent to his
He has shown untiring efforts to unfold the truth in a purely
historical fashion illustrating the glorious march of events from the
appointment of one of our kinsfolk..1. B. Montefiore, by King Wil-
liam IV. in 1834, as one of the original eleven Commissioners, down
to the present day.
One notes too that Mr. Munz has devoted most time to the
earlier associations of our people than those of our own day, and
this is not because he is a "laudator temporize act," but having the
chronicler's mind he is able to project himself in true perspective,
back to those grand old days when the foundations were laid.
whereupon we might build, by those whose memory is now sacred
The appendix of Vital Statistics is interesting as well as alarm-
ing, but happily does not indicate the true position of Australian
Jewry whose numbers, on the contrary, have increased.
For the executive and members of the Adelaide Hebrew Con-
gragation I am truly grateful to the author for this survey which
is an up-to-date and faithful reflection of the past.