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General regrets will bo felt in the ciby at the announcement tbab Mr Louis Ehrenfried died ab bin residence ab one o'clock thia afternoon. Mr Ehrenfried bad been ill for several weeks from a complication of diseases, which baffled the skill of the attending physicians. He became unconscious yesterday, and passed away very peacefully ab the hour mentioned. His career has been than of an enterprising and successful coloniab, who owed his success in life to hia own indomitable energy and business capacity. Born in Hamburg, be emigrated to Australia in company with his brother Bernbard, more than forty years ago. They went through all the vicissitudes of the rough life of pioneer ? colonists, with the customary ups and downs. In 1862 the fame of the Otago goldfields attracted the brothere there. They at once embarked in business, pack* ing stores to tha goldfields, where their trading ventures prospered so much that they were able later on to acquire a valuable station property at Mataura. This they were obliged to sell some years later in consequence of liabilities incurred under a guarantee for a large sum of money entered into on behalf of a friend without any consideration whatever. When leaving the district the residents presented the brobhers with an address, regrebting their departure, and a piece of plate. The next venture of the Ehrenfried Brothers was in the storekeeping line on the West Coast Goldfields, where business followod the usual fluctuations ot a goldfield, ending in reverses which rendered ib impossible for the firm to meet all the claims made upon them. la was, however, always in Mr Bhren fried *8 determinations that he would repay tha liabilities loft unsettled when he closed hia business on the Wesb Coast, and this bo succeeded in doing some years later; tho creditors markad their appreciation of his honoorablo conduct by preßSJttting him with a piece of plate. It was in 1865 that the two brothers, who had been inseparable during all these years, cnmo to Auckland, aud they boob afterwards proceeded to the Thames, where they established the brewery which became the foundation of one of the largcmo aud mosb prosperous businesses in New Zealand. The death of Bornhard was •» severe blow to Mr Lotus Ehrenfried. Tbeira had been a partnership welded by r»ro brotherly affection. Mr L. Ehrenfried continued the business, and by hia energy and foresighb nob only succeeded in securing tha greater part of the goldfidlds trade, bub extended hia operations to Auckland. Ha entered heartily into the public life of tho Thames and was elected Mayor in 1872, and was choßen for many other honourable offices by his fellow citizens. He was also appointed a Justice of the Peace of the colony. In 1885, Mr Ehrenfried took an important) departure. His business in Auckland had oxtended considerably, and in that year ho purchased the old established brewery business of Messrs 11. Wbitson and Sonr. Removing to Auckland, he entered upon this large undertaking with all his characteristic energy, and rapidly extended the sphere of its operations. Mr fihrenfried was a tremendous worker, and there is little, doubb that bis almosb untiring exertions had something to do with the ultimate breakdown of bis naturally robusb constitution. He was a man of warm-hearted sympathies, open-handed, and hi 6 death will be lamented by many who have been the recipients of unostentatious acts of kindness. Ho was always a liberal supporter of tha Hebrew congregation, with which ha was connected, bub his broad toleration secured a ready oar for any call for assist*nuco on behalf of all religious and philanthropic movements. The surviving sietera residing in Auckland are Mrs Baumo, Mrs L. Myers and Mrs A. Myers. A number o? nephews and nieces, by whom tho deceased was esteemed as a father, will also deeply lament?. his death. Among these may be mentioned Mr F. E. Baume, solicitor. Mr A. Myers, manager of the deceased's business and Mr Leo. Myers, Mrs W, Coleman, and Mrs Sydney Nathan. They have an assurance of the sincere sympathy of many . friends in thoi^ bereavement

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DEATH OF SIR LOUIS EHRENFRIED., Auckland Star, Volume XXVIII, Issue 47, 26 February 1897

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DEATH OF SIR LOUIS EHRENFRIED. Auckland Star, Volume XXVIII, Issue 47, 26 February 1897