Indigenous Australian, Thomas CARRISEY, No.1 Depot Company
Thomas CARRISEY and his brother Willie were both working as stockmen on Listowel Downs Station, Blackall, when they volunteered to serve in the First World War.
Thomas Carrisey enlisted in Charleville 9 June 1917 and was assigned to No.1 Depot Company.
Thomas was not accepted for service based on his heritage – his mother was an Aboriginal woman – Margaret Williams and his father a South Sea Islander – William Carrisey.
Thomas married Kathleen Koosney in 1933 and remained in the Maranoa region working as a stockman until his death in 1959.
+ Kathleen Koosney was the daughter of ‘Captain’ Koosney, a South Sea Islander, and Dinah Currie, an Aboriginal woman.
++ Carrisey is variously spelt Carrissey
Read more …
- SERVICE RECORD: CARRISSEY, Thomas
- One of the soldiers featured in SLQ’s HistoryPin Collection
- View the whole Collection: Indigenous enlistment
- Queensland’s Indigenous Servicemen Digital Story and Oral History
Marg Powell & Des Crump | QANZAC100, State Library of Queensland