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Thomas JARO #4083

Thomas JARO

Indigenous Australian, Thomas JARO, 4th Australian Pioneer Battalion. Thomas JARO, a stockman was born in Eidsvold in 1890 and resided with his wife Ruby Law and 3 year old son Tommy, at Gayndah. Jaro volunteered to serve with the first AIF in July 1917 and was assigned to the 4th Australian Pioneer Battalion. He embarked … Read more

Christie HILL Q19610

Christie Hill

Indigenous Australian, Christie HILL, Light Horse Depot Regiment. Christie HILL, a stockman was born in Bundaberg in 1877 and lived with his wife Elsie Williams Hill on Barambah Aboriginal Mission, now known as Cherbourg. Christie was among 17 Aboriginal men who were recruited during a drive by the Queensland Recruiting Committee on 14 May 1917. … Read more

James FISHER #Q19615

James Fisher

Indigenous Australian, James (Jim) FISHER, Light Horse Depot Regiment. James (Jim) Fisher, a stockman was born in 1896, and was living with his mother Rose Simmons at the Aboriginal mission at Barambah, now known as Cherbourg. Jim Fisher was among 17 Aboriginal men who were recruited during a drive by the Queensland Recruiting Committee on … Read more

James BUDSWORTH #2485

James Budsworth

Indigenous Australian, James BUDSWORTH, 8th Squadron, 2nd Australian Remount Unit. Trooper James Budsworth, was born in Narrabri, NSW in 1874 and was working as a ploughman for Jondaryan Station, Qld when he enlisted in Brisbane, 10 November 1915. He was assigned to the 2nd Australian Remount Unit, and was in the company of several well … Read more

Charles BINWATER #5443

Charlie Binwater

Indigenous Australian, Charlie BINWATER, Depot Battalion. Private Charles BINWATER was born at Rockhampton in 1895 and was working in range of occupations, including Drover, Police Tracker and Horse Breaker. Charles attempted to enlist several times in Western NSW before being accepted at Dubbo. His attestation form indicates he was ‘coloured’ and in another section identified … Read more

Albert JONES #64364

Australian Mounted Divisional Train

Indigenous Australian, Albert Jones, Australian Mounted Divisional Train. Albert JONES was born on 1 January 1900 to Lucy Lane who resided on the Aboriginal mission at Barambah, now known as Cherbourg. Albert had been working as a stockman in Mundubbera before he volunteered to serve with the first AIF. Just 18 years old, permission was … Read more

Bertie BECKETT #Q19608

Bertie Beckett

Indigenous Australian, Bertie BECKETT, Light Horse Depot Regiment. Private Bertie BECKETT volunteered in May 1915 to serve with the first AIF. Bertie was married with three children, and living at the Aboriginal mission at Barambah, now known as Cherbourg. Bertie was among 17 Aboriginal men who were recruited during a drive by the Queensland Recruiting … Read more

John JOHNSTON #2430

John JOHNSTON

Indigenous Australian, Trooper John JOHNSTON, 11th Light Horse Regiment. John JOHNSTON born in 1891 to George Michael and Lucy Agnes Johnston, was a station hand working at Oondoona Station, Winton when he volunteered to serve with the first AIF in October 1917. Johnston had attempted to enlist earlier but had been refused on the basis … Read more

Cyril Allen JOHNSON #1340

Cyril JOHNSON

Indigenous Australian, Cyril JOHNSON, 15th Infantry Battalion. Private Cyril JOHNSON was born in Sheffield, north-western Tasmania to Thomas Lewis and Esther Ann Johnson (nee Haydon) in 1888. Having already participated in the local citizen forces the ‘Tasmanian Rangers” he volunteered to serve with the first AIF in December 1914 in Brisbane, age 27. By January … Read more