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Thomas Carrisey #Q21121

Thomas Carrissey

Indigenous Australian, Thomas CARRISEY, No.1 Depot Company Thomas CARRISEY and his brother Willie were both working as stockmen on Listowel Downs Station, Blackall, when they volunteered to serve in the First World War. Thomas Carrisey enlisted in Charleville 9 June 1917 and was assigned to No.1 Depot Company. Thomas was not accepted for service based … 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

Arthur BUNDAI #Q23572

Arthur Bundie

Indigenous Australian, Arthur BUNDAI, Australian Remount Unit. Arthur BUNDAI aka BUNDIE was born 4 May 1898, at Taroom Aboriginal mission to Dick Bundai and Alice Dutton.  Arthur enlisted age 20 at Dalby in May 1918, and initially trained at Enoggera Barracks, just outside Brisbane. At first selected for the General Reinforcements for Egypt, he was … Read more

Thomas BOWEN #6522

Thomas Bowen

Indigenous Australian, Thomas BOWEN, 18th Infantry Battalion. Thomas BOWEN was born in Charters Towers, Qld. about 1875 and had been employed as a shearer at Narrabri when he enlisted in January 1917. Bowen would have been a striking figure standing 6ft 3in high and weighing 13 stone; his wife Mary Ann Bowen resided at the … Read more

Patrick BRADY #50271

1st Queensland Reinforcements Egypt

Indigenous Australian, Patrick BRADY, 11th Light Horse Regiment. Patrick (Paddy) BRADY was born at Maryvale Station near Charters Towers, Qld. in 1899. He had been employed as a stockman at Bluff Downs Station, and recently granted exemption from the ‘Protection of Aboriginals Act’, when he enlisted 14 February 1918. Aged just 19 and 5ft 11in … Read more

William Ernest RALPH #6874

William Ernest Ralph

Indigenous Australian, William RALPH, 15th Infantry Battalion William RALPH’s story highlights the difficulties faced by indigenous families as they sought to be treated as equals among the general community. Like many of his peers, William RALPH volunteered to serve with the first AIF, and in October 1915 while allied troops were still deployed to the … Read more

Tommy PURCELL #7813a

Tommy Purcell

Indigenous Australian, Tommy PURCELL, 15th Infantry Battalion. Tommy PURCELL also known as Tommy LEE was born in Atherton in 1894. He was just 21 years old when he enlisted in the first AIF in September 1917, he named his sister Emily Purcell as his next of kin. Tommy initially trained at Rifle Range Camp, Enoggera … Read more