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William OLIVE #5158

William Olive

William OLIVE, 9th & 49th Infantry Battalion Private Willie Olive was born to James [?] Olive and Nellie Cowan (1854-1904) about 1883 and although he enlisted in Lismore, NSW to serve with the first AIF, he trained at Enoggera, Brisbane with the 16th Reinforcements for the 9th Infantry Battalion. His mother Nellie had died in … Read more

Alexander STANLEY #50280

Alexander Stanley

Indigenous Australian, Alexander STANLEY, 11th Light Horse Regiment Alexander ‘Digger’ Stanley volunteered to serve with the first AIF in March 1918, and with no known relatives named his friend Jack Dillahide as his next of kin. Stanley had been working as a drover at Wongongra Station near Chincilla in the Western Downs region of Queensland. … Read more

George James SOSAR #6839

George James Sosar

George SOSAR, 26th Infantry Battalion George James SOSAR was born on Thursday Island in 1892, when his father was working on the island as a carpenter. George’s father Manuel Sosar was born in central Chile, South America and his mother Harriet Morris, born in Bowen, was the granddaughter of Mary an aboriginal woman from Manaroo … Read more

Tom SMITH #3724A

Tom Smith

Indigenous Australian, Tom SMITH,  49th Infantry Battalion When Tom (Thomas Henry) SMITH enlisted in the first AIF in May 1917, it was not for the first time. Tom had previously volunteered in 1915 but was rejected for being half-caste. On this occasion Tom was in the company of two other Aboriginal recruits, Charlie Parker and … Read more

Edward SMITH #2445

Edwards Smith

Indigenous Australian, Edward SMITH, 11th Light Horse Regiment Trooper Edward SMITH was born in Mitchell to a white man named Smith who worked on Forest Vale Station and Annie [?Butcher] an aboriginal woman in 1886. Himself a stock and station hand he enlisted in the first AIF in May 1917 and trained at Rifle Range … Read more

Charlie SMITH #64382

Charlie Smith

Indigenous Australian, Charlie SMITH, 6th Queensland Reinforcements. Charlie SMITH was born at Harvest Home Station, near Charters Towers, Qld. to William and Cissie Smith in 1899 and was working as a stockman on Bluff Downs Station before he volunteered to serve with the first AIF in July 1918. Charlie Smith was one of five stockmen … Read more

Martin BLYTH #64321

Martin Blyth

Indigenous Australian, Martin BLYTH, Australian Army Service Corps. Driver Martin BLYTH was born in Kilkivan, Queensland in 1893. He was working as a stockman in the area in 1918 when he volunteered to serve with the first AIF in August 1918. The enlisting officer, wrote to District Headquarters on his behalf, and another indigenous volunteer … Read more

Edward RYAN #476

James Ryan

Indigenous Australian, Edward RYAN, 3rd Machine Gun Battalion. James Edward (Ted) RYAN was the son of Christina Copson and Michael Ryan, born in 1894 at Woolvie, Queensland. Edward enlisted in Brisbane in July 1916, age 22 and was selected to serve as a gunner with the 3rd Machine Gun Battalion and trained at Lytton just … Read more

Albert ROBINSON #6509

Albert Robinson

Indigenous Australian, Albert Robinson, 9th & 49th Infantry Battalions. Born in Tenterfield NSW to Michael (Bucky) Robinson and Kate Gaton in 1883, Robinson was a talented horseman and was working as a station hand when he volunteered to serve with the first AIF in June 1916. Although he enlisted in Lismore, like many recruits from … Read more

“Delusional Notions”: Returned soldiers and Dunwich

Sketch of Leland Virgil Edmund Noel. Published in the Truth (Brisbane), October 19, 1913, p.6

Guest blogger: Lisa Jackson – 2017 Q Anzac 100 Fellow The Dunwich Inebriate Institution – located within the Dunwich Benevolent Asylum on North Stradbroke Island – was the only place in Queensland responsible for supporting alcohol-affected soldiers in the period after the First World War. However, over 220 returned soldiers who were committed to the … Read more