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Daniel ALDRIDGE #4011

Daniel Edgar Aldridge, The Queenslander Pictorial, 10 February, 1917, p.22

Indigenous Australian, Daniel ALDRIDGE, 31st Infantry Battalion Daniel Edgar ALDRIDGE was born in 1890 at Booral Station, Pialba to Harry Aldridge [snr] and Lappy Tanner a Butchulla woman, whose people are the traditional owners of K’gari (Fraser Island). In March 1916 Dan Aldridge volunteered to serve for his country, stepping forward at the Lennox Street … Read more

The price of honour

Guest blogger: Mark Clayton. When in 1921 the Queensland War Trophy Committee (QWTC) ruled that Boonah was ineligible to receive a captured field gun, the town’s citizenry resolved to try and independently secure one of these trophies by whatever means. In the years immediately following the 1918 Armistice a grateful Commonwealth Government distributed, to towns … Read more

John MAKINSON #2184

Indigenous Australian, John MAKINSON, 25th & 9th Infantry Battalions Jack MAKINSON was just 6 years old when his mother Catherine Gissell passed away. His father, also John, relinquished the care of his seven children to a Policeman and his wife in Dubbo who cared for them until they were old enough to make their own … Read more

Arthur Riley #Q19613

Arthur Riley, Light Horse Depot Regiment

Indigenous Australian, Arthur RILEY, Light Horse Depot Regiment. Arthur RILEY was born near Gayndah, to Tom Tom Riley and Rosy, in 1889. He was among 17 Aboriginal men who were recruited during a drive by the Queensland Recruiting Committee on 14 May 1917. The Committee represented by Chaplain Canon David Garland and Chief Protector of … Read more

Perfect soldiers WW1

Eight PERFECT soldiers, great-grandsons of Margaret ‘Peggy’ Reid and Jonathan Goldspink, enlisted during the First World War. Peggy Reid was a descendant of the Burramattagal (Parramatta) Clan. Three of her grandsons were born in Rockhampton, to Alfred Perfect and Alice Cook – Joseph, William and Arthur, all volunteered to serve with the first AIF. Joseph … Read more

Thomas Henry LEA #242

Thomas Henry Lea, 12th Machine Gun Company

Indigenous Australian, Thomas LEA, 12th Machine Gun Company Henry ‘Harry’ LEA’s story is woven with tales of misleading identity and a strong desire to serve for his country. When Harry first volunteered in September 1915, he enlisted under the name of Henry LEE, born at Dunwich, North Stradbroke Island. The remarks recorded on his ‘attestation … Read more

George ELLIS #2356

Indigenous Australian, Private George ELLIS, 15th Infantry Battalion When George ELLIS volunteered to serve with the first AIF, no one suspected he was of Aboriginal heritage. From this photograph published in The Queenslander Pictorial in 1916, there is really nothing to distinguish him from any other keen recruit, stepping up to fight for “King and … Read more

Joseph ZEEN #58184

Indigenous Australian, Joseph ZEEN, 6th Reinforcements Queensland When Joe ZEEN volunteered to serve for his country, at age 31, he had already seen much of the darker side of life, and the struggle to survive. Born in 1887 to Hannah Robinson and Peter Zeen, both his parents were deceased when he signed his enlistment papers, … Read more