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John WOODS #77118

John Woods, Depot Battalion

Indigenous Australian, John WOODS, Depot John ‘Jack’ Woods was born in 1890, in Balonne region, south-west Queensland. In March 1917 while working as a drover and police tracker over the border at Moree, when he volunteered to serve with the first AIF. One of the first things you notice when you read Jack’s service record … Read more

Frederick Walter WRIGHT

Frederick Walter Wright, Depot

Indigenous Australian, Frederick Walter WRIGHT, Depot Frederick Walter WRIGHT was born in Bourke, NSW in 1894 to Louisa Wright and James. In July 1915 he volunteered to serve with the first AIF, while troops were still fighting on the Gallipoli Peninsula. Fred soon found himself at Enoggera military camp, just outside Brisbane, assigned to the … Read more

Thomas SLEEWEE #24823

Thomas Sleewee, attestation paper

Indigenous Australian, Thomas SLEEWEE, Depot Very little is known about Tommie Sleewee, but we can piece together a small part of his story from his scanty service record and other primary sources. * His surname is variously spelt Sleewee or Slewee. In September 1916, Thomas Slewee was arrested for false pretenses and sentence to a … Read more

Charles WALSH #24222

Charles Walsh, Reserve Regiment

Indigenous Australian, Charles WALSH, Reserve Unit Charles WALSH was born on Torella / Torilla Station, central Queensland in 1900 and was working at Blairmore Station, Gayndah when he volunteered to serve with the first AIF in September 1918. Assigned to the Reserve Unit at Rifle Range Camp, Enoggera he was given ‘home leave’ in anticipation … Read more

Robert BOND #Q20518

Robert Bond, Depot

Indigenous Australian, Robert BOND, Depot Company Bob BOND was employed as a stockman at Hawkwood Station, Mundubbera in 1917 when he volunteered to serve with the first AIF.  Born in May 1981, to John and Amy, he had recently married Totty Waddy at Barambah Aboriginal Mission. Recruiting officers purposely visited the Missions to sign up … Read more

Willie Carrisey #Q21122

Willie Carrisey

Indigenous Australian, Willie CARRISEY, Depot Company Willie CARRISEY and his brother Thomas were both working as stockmen on Listowel Downs Station, Blackall, when they volunteered to serve in the First World War. Willie Carrisey enlisted in Charleville 25 July 1917 and was assigned to No.1 Depot Company. He was not accepted for service based on … Read more

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

Frederick MAHER #Q14129

Frederick Maher

Indigenous Australian, Frederick MAHER, Depot Battalion. Frederick MAHER could be described as an enthusiastic volunteer, when he stepped forward for a second time at the recruiting office at Townsville in October 1916. Born in 1893 at Thargomindah to Nellie and Jack Maher, he had been working as a stockman on a property near Ingham, and … Read more

Frank WOODS #74183

Frank Woods

Indigenous Australian, Frank WOODS, Depot. Frank WOODS was born in Goondiwindi to William (Billy) Woods and Ida Cubby in 1891. Frank and his half-brother Edward Dennison, #74184 together volunteered to serve with the first AIF in December 1916. Frank and Edward, who were both of Aboriginal heritage, named Charles Dennison as their next of kin. … Read more

Harry SHERIDAN #Q21123

Harry Sheridan

Indigenous Australian, Harry SHERIDAN, Depot. Harry SHERIDAN/SHERRIDAN also known as Henry Alpha was born at Alpha in 1882. Keen to join the first AIF he travelled to Charleville to volunteer his services in July 1917. Aged 36 and an experienced horseman, he would have been a valuable asset to any of the Light Horse Regiments … Read more