Indigenous Australian, Willie CARRISEY, Depot Company
Willie CARRISEY and his brother Thomas were both working as stockmen on Listowel Downs Station, Blackall, when they volunteered to serve in the First World War.
Willie Carrisey enlisted in Charleville 25 July 1917 and was assigned to No.1 Depot Company. He was not accepted for service based on his heritage – his mother Margaret Williams was an Aboriginal woman and his father William Carrisey a South Sea Islander.
Willie returned to work in the Maranoa region, and worked on Langlo Downs Station, near Charleville until he was fatally injured in an accident in 1948.
++ Carrisey is variously spelt Carrissey
Read more …
- SERVICE RECORD: CARRISEY, Willie
- ‘Death notice’ Morning Bulletin 20 August 1948, p. 9
- 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