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Augustus DAVIES #3282

Augustus Davies

Indigenous Australian, Augustus DAVIES, 41st Infantry Battalion. Gus (Augustus Hodgkinson) DAVIES was born in Port Douglas approx. 1880. His mother died when he was just 3 weeks old, he was adopted by her employers Thomas Clinton and Mary Jane Davies. He volunteered to serve with the first AIF in May 1917, shortly after restrictions had … Read more

Jack COSTELLO #2425

Jack Costello

Indigenous Australian, Jack COSTELLO, 11th Light Horse Regiment. Trooper Jack (John) COSTELLO was born in 1901 at Lake Nash Station, on the Georgina River between Urandangi and Camooweal, far northwest Queensland, to John Costello, pioneer pastoralist, and an unnamed Aboriginal woman. Jack had made his way in life working as a station hand, from the … Read more

Alfred JONES #2333

Alfred Jones

Indigenous Australian, Alfred (Alf) JONES, 41st Infantry Battalion. Alfred (Alf) Jones was born at Bullo Downs Station near Thargomindah, in 1889. His father Thomas Crann Jones, from Victoria worked as a stockman on the station as a young man, where he most likely met Mary ‘Sullivan’ an aboriginal woman from Bullo Downs, together they raised … Read more

John (Jack) JONES #9622

John Jones

Indigenous Australian, John (Jack) JONES, 3rd Artillery Brigade, 1st Divisional Ammunition Column. John (Jack) Jones was born at Bullo Downs Station near Thargomindah, in 1891. The station lies on the traditional lands of the Bitjara people. His father Thomas Crann Jones, from Victoria worked as a stockman on the station as a young man, where … Read more

John James DUNN #5580

John James Dunn

Indigenous Australian, Jack Dunn, 18th Infantry Battalion. Trooper Jack Dunn was so keen to serve his country he tried three times to enlist but was turned down at each attempt, no doubt due to his Aboriginal heritage. Although born Redford Station, Queensland, Jack had lived and worked in Bethungra, NSW for many years, attending the … Read more

Camera shy ?

Camera Shy

The State Library of Queensland has a number of World War Items that are proving difficult to identify.  One in particular, is quite a puzzler. The snippet above is from a large mounted photograph  entitled ‘Army group portrait’, that was donated to the library in 1986. It has been digitised and preserved through the QANZAC … Read more

Fred COLLINS #2459

Fred Collins

Indigenous Australian, Fred COLLINS, 11th Light Horse Regiment. Trooper Fred COLLINS was born at Bonus Downs, Mungallala south of Mitchell, Queensland in 1891, to Harry Collins and Dinah Smith, his mother a half-caste Aboriginal woman, later resided at Hoganthella Station. Fred was employed as a stock and station hand when he and his younger brother … Read more