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John (Jack) MASON #5248

John Mason 47th Battalion

Indigenous Australian, John MASON, 47th Infantry Battalion Jack Mason followed his brothers Allan and Leslie into camp when he volunteered to serve with the first AIF in October 1915. The son of Thomas Mason and Rosanna ‘Rosa’ Owens in Walcha, NSW, his grandmother Maria Matthews was a Kamilaroi woman. After initially training at Enoggera barracks, … 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

Wallie JOHNSON #2444

Wally Johnson

Indigenous Australian, Wallie (Walter) Johnson, 49th & 47th Infantry Battalions. Wallie (Walter) Johnson was born on Whyenbah Station, near St George in 1894. His mother died when he was very young and Wallie was taken in by the local police sergeant Phillip Cowley and his wife Harriet (Hetty). He was raised along with their own … Read more

Daniel Charles HODGES #1666

Pearl Fishing, Thursday Island

Torres Strait Islander, Daniel Charles HODGES, 47th Infantry Battalion. Daniel (Charles) HODGES volunteered to serve with the first AIF in Townsville, February 1916. Born on Thursday Island in 1896 to Charles Hodges and Dinah Walton, Charles was a pearl fisherman before enlisting. He arrived in Egypt in May 1916 and joined the newly formed 47th … Read more

Those Imperishable Names…Walde Gerard Fisher and Charles Robertson Wonderley

Walde Fisher 1915

Guest blogger: Simon Farley, Fryer Librarian. ‘Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends’  John 15:13, KJV Remembering Walde Gerard Fisher (1894-1918) and Charles Robertson Wonderley (1894-1918) friends and students together at The University of Queensland who both graduated with firsts in Classics on the same … Read more

Frederick MALTHOUSE #2187

Frederick Malthouse

Indigenous Australian, Frederick MALTHOUSE, 12th Machine Gun Company, 47th Infantry Battalion. Frederick Donald Malthouse, was born at Warrina, South Australia in 1882 to Jack and Annie. He was working as a Stockman in Queensland when he volunteered to serve with the first AIF, age 33 in July 1915. With Australian troops still on the Gallipoli … Read more

William CARTER #3124

William Carter

Indigenous Australian, William CARTER, #3124 47th & 48th Infantry Battalions. William Carter was born at Wagga, NSW in 1872 to William and Bessie Carter and was employed as a labourer near Stone River, North Queensland when he enlisted at Charters Towers, in October 1916. Aged 44 he named his brother Thomas Carter of Mt Surprise … Read more

Coomera Lads

Edwin and George Beattie

Edwin & George Beattie, 47th Infantry Battalion In March 1916 Ed and George left behind their elderly parents and seven siblings, to enlist in the First World War, the Beattie family were pioneer farmers in the Coomera district. Children of the Beattie family Coomera, c1900 Back row: George, Annie and Allie Front row: Mary, Eddie … Read more