Period : 1850-1900
We know that cigar-maker, -wholesaler, and -retailer Simon Oberndorffer was one of the first Jews to settle permanently in Kingston, that he arrived here in 1857, and that he was engaged in the tobacco industry from the outset. What we do not know is the location of his original operations.
The earliest records indicate that by 1865, Simon Oberndorffer, purveyor of Cigars and Tobacco, was located at Princess near Bagot, just up from what was then Hobart’s Medical Mall (155 Princess Street). But at this time he was also dealing in other wares: watches, clocks, and jewelry.