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Jack KEARNS #2431

Jack Kearns

Indigenous Australian, Jack KEARNS, 20th Reinforcements, 11th Light Horse Regiment. Jack Kearns was born at Dirranbandi, Qld. in 1895 to Jack and Jessie.  Jack (John) and his two sisters Annie and Elizabeth were removed from their parents care and placed at the Barambah Aboriginal Mission in 1909. Jack was working as a labourer at Gowrie … Read more

John LEE #730

John LEE

Indigenous Australian, John LEE 41st Infantry Battalion, Machine Gun Company. John Lee, a stockman was born in Camooweal, Qld in 1893. He enlisted in the AIF October 1915, but was discharged in April the following year as he was “not likely to become an efficient soldier”. While is training camps in Brisbane he had been … Read more

Thomas JARO #4083

Thomas JARO

Indigenous Australian, Thomas JARO, 4th Australian Pioneer Battalion. Thomas JARO, a stockman was born in Eidsvold in 1890 and resided with his wife Ruby Law and 3 year old son Tommy, at Gayndah. Jaro who was also a well-known middle weight boxer, volunteered to serve with the first AIF in July 1917 and was assigned … Read more

Christie HILL Q19610

Christie Hill

Indigenous Australian, Christie HILL, Light Horse Depot Regiment. Christie HILL, a stockman was born in Bundaberg in 1877 and lived with his wife Elsie Williams Hill on Barambah Aboriginal Mission, now known as Cherbourg. Christie was among 17 Aboriginal men who were recruited during a drive by the Queensland Recruiting Committee on 14 May 1917. … Read more

James FISHER #Q19615

James Fisher

Indigenous Australian, James (Jim) FISHER, Light Horse Depot Regiment. James (Jim) Fisher, a stockman was born in 1896, and was living with his mother Rose Simmons at the Aboriginal mission at Barambah, now known as Cherbourg. Jim Fisher was among 17 Aboriginal men who were recruited during a drive by the Queensland Recruiting Committee on … Read more

James BUDSWORTH #2485

James Budsworth

Indigenous Australian, James BUDSWORTH, 8th Squadron, 2nd Australian Remount Unit. Trooper James Budsworth, was born in Narrabri, NSW in 1874 and was working as a ploughman for Jondaryan Station, Qld when he enlisted in Brisbane, 10 November 1915. He was assigned to the 2nd Australian Remount Unit, and was in the company of several well … Read more

Charles BINWATER #5443

Charlie Binwater

Indigenous Australian, Charlie BINWATER, Depot Battalion. Private Charles BINWATER was born at Rockhampton in 1895 and was working in range of occupations, including Drover, Police Tracker and Horse Breaker. Charles attempted to enlist several times in Western NSW before being accepted at Dubbo. His attestation form indicates he was ‘coloured’ and in another section identified … Read more