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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

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

Alfred WRIGHT #2017

Alfred Wright, 25th Infantry Battalion

Indigenous Australian, Alfred WRIGHT, 25th Infantry Battalion Alf WRIGHT was working as a shearer in St George, Queensland when he volunteered to serve for his country in June 1915. Just 21 years old, he soon found himself travelling from Mitchell to the training camp at Enoggera, Brisbane, assigned to the 3rd Reinforcements for the 25th … Read more

Edward WALKER #3754B

Private Edward Walker, 25th Infantry Battalion

Indigenous Australian, Edward WALKER, 25th Infantry Battalion Edward Walker a horse breaker from Lismore, volunteered to serve with the first AIF in July 1917 following in the footsteps of his brothers Thomas and Robert. Walker was born to Susan Robinson (later Davis) and Robert Walker at Kiama, NSW in October 1893. Initially assigned to the … Read more

Albert TRIPCONY #5655

Albert Tripcony, 25th Infantry Battalion

Indigenous Australian, Albert TRIPCONY, 25th Infantry Battalion Albert ‘Bertie’ Tripcony was the eldest son of Thomas Buchanan Tripcony and Mary Rose Tyrell Rollins. Born on Stradbroke Island in 1892 he was working as an oysterman before he volunteered to serve with the First AIF in February 1916. Tripocony first trained with the infantry at Bell’s … Read more

Allan MASON #1962

Allan Mason, 25th Battalion

Indigenous Australian, Allan MASON, 25th Infantry Battalion Allan MASON was the first of three brothers to volunteer to serve with the first AIF, in June 1915, he would be followed by his brothers Leslie and John the same year. Born to Thomas Mason and Rosanna ‘Rosa’ Owens in Walcha, NSW, his grandmother Maria Matthews was … Read more


James Cairncross aka Jimmy Cotterman

Indigenous Australian, James CAIRNCROSS, 47th & 25th Infantry Battalion. Jimmy COOTERMAN was born at Myora Mission on North Stradbroke Island in 1887. He volunteered to serve in the first AIF under his ‘adoptive’ name of CAIRNCROSS in May 1917. Jimmy trained for several months at Rifle Range Camp, Enoggera before embarking from Sydney on board … Read more

Alick RILEY #7122

Alick Riley

Indigenous Australian Alick (Alex) RILEY, 25th & 26th Infantry Battalions. Alick RILEY, born in Winton in 1887, had been removed from his community in Longreach in 1913 and placed at the Barambah Aboriginal Mission, now known as Cherbourg. When he volunteered to serve with the first AIF in September 1917, he had been working as … Read more

Charley MORGAN #3679

Charley Morgan

Indigenous Australian, Charley (Charlie) MORGAN, 49th & 25th Infantry Battalions Charley (Charlie) Morgan was born in Ipswich, Qld. in 1896 to John Morgan and Bella Collins. He and his siblings lived on the Deebing Creek Mission and had been removed in 1908 to be placed at the Yarrabah Mission Station. Charley and his brother Alick … Read more