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George SIMS #57915

George Henry Sims

Indigenous Australian, George SIMS, 26th Infantry Battalion George Sims was born in Windsor, NSW in 1890 to Walter Henry Sims and Louisa Lock of the Darug people. He was working as a labourer in Goomeri when he enlisted in Brisbane 10 June 1918. Sims was initially assigned to the 5th General Reinforcements, Queensland and trained … Read more

Thomas DARE, Depot

Thomas DARE

Indigenous Australian, Thomas DARE, 26th Infantry Battalion In 1915 Tom DARE was working as a stockman on the notable pastoral holding Annandale Station, 49 km west of Birdsville, located on the tribal lands of the Wongkamala people. At that time it was owned by Sidney Kidman and was heavily affected by drought, losing thousands of … Read more

Virgil TEMPLETON #5032

Indigenous Australian, Virgil TEMPLETON, 26th Infantry Battalion. Virgil Charles TEMPLETON, was one of four siblings admitted to Salvation Army children’s homes in 1901 after their mother Maria was declared unfit to care for them – Josephine age 2, Virgil age 4, Henry age 5, and Lomer/Loma age 6. The girls were committed to the ‘Industrial … Read more

John (Jack) HUGGINS #5689

8th Reinf. 9th Battallion

Indigenous Australian, John (Jack) Huggins, 9th & 26th Infantry Battalions. Jack Huggins was almost thirty years old when he was accepted to serve for his country on New Years Eve, 1915. Tall and lean, he was a stockman like his father before him, used to working in the harsh conditions of northern Queensland. Jack’s previous … 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

Thomas PEHOW #2667

Thomas Pehow

Indigenous Australian, Thomas PEHOW, 26th & 12th Infantry Battalions. Thomas William PEHOW was born in Gayndah, Qld in 1890 to Joseph Pehow (1851-) and Lucy Gooey (1865-1897); he was employed as a labourer in the same area, when he volunteered to serve with the first AIF in May 1917, aged 25.  Both parents deceased, he … Read more

Frank Edgar OWEN #4196

Frank Owen

Indigenous Australian, Frank OWEN, 26th Battalion & 4th Field Engineers. Frank (Francis) OWEN was born in 1881 at Wallaroo, SA to Frank and Ellen Owen. One of three brothers to enlist, Frank was working as a teamster and horse breaker in Gympie, Queensland when he volunteered for the first AIF in April 1915. He initially … 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

My Father’s Wars podcasts

Lieutenant William Snowden Acworth on the boat deck of the Karmala, returning to Australia, 1919. Photograph courtesy of Elaine Acworth

Podcasts of My Father’s Wars, created by Elaine Acworth, are now available on the QANZAC100 website. Elaine, a playwright and dramatist, was one of the State Library of Queensland’s 2015/2016 QANZAC100 Fellows, and developed these dramatic works based on her personal journey to discover the story of Bill Acworth – her father, and soldier of the two world wars. In … Read more

George GRAHAM #6077

Private George Graham

Indigenous Australian, Private George GRAHAM, 26th Infantry Battalion. George GRAHAM an oysterman from Nerang Creek, volunteered age 40 to serve with the first AIF in May 1916, mis-stating that he was 28 years old. Born to Andrew Graham and Jenny McGussy in Logan in 1876 he worked the oyster beds off the coast of Southern … Read more