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Bertie DIXON #7052

Bertie Dixon

Indigenous Australian, Private Bertie (Albert) DIXON, 25th Infantry Battalion. Bertie DIXON was born in Springsure, Qld to Richard and Jemima Dixon (Leopold) in 1894. He volunteered to serve with the first AIF in August 1917, aged 23. Bertie was working as a stockman at Goathlands station, south of Springsure, his brother Percy Dixon had already … Read more

John James DELANEY #Q9503

John James Delaney

Indigenous Australian, Private John DELANEY, ‘J’ Company, 11th Depot Battalion. John James DELANEY was born in Longreach in 1893 and was working as a Horsebreaker in Landsborough, Qld when he volunteered to serve with the first AIF in June 1916. John Delaney trained at Frasers Hill Camp, Enoggera, but was admitted to hospital having contracted measles. … Read more

Peter CRAIGIE #2099A

Peter Craigie

Indigenous Australian, Driver Peter CRAIGIE, 9th Light Horse, 32nd Infantry Battalion. [Back row, second left] Peter CRAIGIE was born in 1894 to James Craigie station manager, and Bunny Roxborough a full-blood Aboriginal woman of the Wankamadla / Wankajutuni tribe. One of 8 children, he was born at Roxborough Downs Station, near Boulia, North Queensland. In December … Read more

William THOMPSON #10786

William Thompson

Indigenous Australian, Private William Thompson, 34th Infantry Battalion #10786. William Thompson was born in Goondiwindi in 1896, and worked as a labourer in Walgett. He was keen to volunteer to serve with the first AIF and enlisted at Narrabri, in July 1916, just 20 years of age. His service record notes that both his parents were … Read more

Willie CUMMINGS #63989

Willie Cummings

Indigenous Australian, Driver Willie CUMMINGS, Australian Army Service Corps. Willie Cummings (aka Cummins) was born at Stanley Hills, Qld. in 1899, he had been removed from his family in Boonah in 1913 and was living at the Aboriginal Mission at Barambah (now Cherberg) when he enlisted in June 1916. The Office of the Chief Protector … Read more

Daniel CABBO #Q19612

Daniel Cabbo / Cobbo / Gabbo

Indigenous Australian, Private Daniel CABBO, Depot Battalion. Daniel Cabbo (Cobbo, Gabbo), a farmer from Barambah was born on Borhillian Station, and lived with his wife Annie (nee Weazel) on Barambah Aboriginal Mission, now known as Cherbourg. Daniel was among 15 Aboriginal men who were recruited during a drive by the Queensland Recruitment Committee in May … Read more

John CUBBO #3121A

John Cubbo

Indigenous Australian, Trooper John CUBBO, 5th Light Horse Regiment. Trooper John Cubbo (Cobbo) was born in Kilkivan, Qld. in 1897 and was employed as a Stockman at Mirtna Station, when he first enlisted in Charters Towers August 1917. Just 20 years of age he was rejected on the grounds of ‘insufficient European parentage’ and discharged … Read more