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Australian statesman; born at Neisse, Silesia, in 1827; died at Melbourne May 6, 1893. He attended the College of Brieg, and after residing in London (1847-53) went to Ballarat, Australia, where he established (1866) the firm of Steinfeld & Levison. He was the first mayor of Ballarat East, holding that office for three years, and was one of the chief founders of the Ballarat Orphan Asylum, the Water Scheme, and the Freehold Market. He was an enthusiastic advocate of imperial federation. In May, 1885, Steinfeld became a member of the Victoria Chamber of Manufactures, and two years later was elected its president. At his suggestion the chamber held three international conferences on the subject of the establishment of intercolonial free trade. He was also a member of the commission appointed to consider the question of technical education introduced by himself. In Sept., 1892, he was elected to the legislative council of Victoria from the district of Wellington.

  • Jew. Chron. June 2, 1893.
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