Tag Archives: Indigenous enlistment Back

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

James CAIRNCROSS #3610A

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

John GEARY #2429

John Geary

Indigenous Australian, John Geary, 11th Light Horse Regiment. Just 22 years old, John Geary volunteered to serve with the first AIF in August 1917. Born in near Bundaberg in 1894 to William Geary and Rosie Broom, Geary was stockman on Tantitha Station near Bundaberg. His skills as a horseman were well suited to the Light … 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