Tag Archives: Queensland Black Watch Back

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

Edward SMITH #2445

Edwards Smith

Indigenous Australian, Edward SMITH, 11th Light Horse Regiment Trooper Edward SMITH was born in Mitchell to a white man named Smith who worked on Forest Vale Station and Annie [?Butcher] an aboriginal woman in 1886. Himself a stock and station hand he enlisted in the first AIF in May 1917 and trained at Rifle Range … Read more

Harry MURRAY #2436

Harry Murray

Indigenous Australian, Harry MURRAY, 11th Light Horse Regiment. Harry (Henry) MURRAY was born in 1884 at Hornet Bank Station, on the upper Dawson River, now infamously known as the site of the 1857 massacre. His father George Pulteney Malcolm Murray [Black Murray] was born in Scotland, an officer with the Native Police, and his mother … Read more

David MOLLOY #2437

David Molloy

Indigenous Australian, David MOLLOY, 11th Light Horse Regiment. Aged just 21, David MOLLOY volunteered to serve with the first AIF in August 1917 and found himself in the company of quite a number of Indigenous servicemen. Molloy was posted to the 20th Reinforcements for the 11th Light Horse Regiment, later known as the ‘Queensland Black … Read more

Leonard LYNCH #2434

Leonard Lynch

Indigenous Australian, Leonard LYNCH, 11th Light Horse Regiment. Trooper Leonard LYNCH was born in Cloncurry, Qld. in 1890 and was a resident of Langlo Crossing, Charleville when he volunteered to join the first AIF in 16 August 1917. When he arrived at Rifle Range camp at Enoggera, he was assigned to the 20th Reinforcements for … Read more

James McBRIDE #2438

James McBride

Indigenous Australian, James McBRIDE, 11th Light Horse Regiment. Trooper James McBRIDE was working as a labourer in Brisbane in September 1917 when he volunteered to serve with the first AIF. Born in Sydney in 1895, he had a close associated with the Woodburn / Swan Bay region in northern New South Wales. He named his … Read more

Jack COSTELLO #2425

Jack Costello

Indigenous Australian, Jack COSTELLO, 11th Light Horse Regiment. Trooper Jack (John) COSTELLO was born in 1901 at Lake Nash Station, on the Georgina River between Urandangi and Camooweal, far northwest Queensland, to John Costello, pioneer pastoralist, and an unnamed Aboriginal woman. Jack had made his way in life working as a station hand, from the … Read more

Fred COLLINS #2459

Fred Collins

Indigenous Australian, Fred COLLINS, 11th Light Horse Regiment. Trooper Fred COLLINS was born at Bonus Downs, Mungallala south of Mitchell, Queensland in 1891, to Harry Collins and Dinah Smith, his mother a half-caste Aboriginal woman, later resided at Hoganthella Station. Fred was employed as a stock and station hand when he and his younger brother … Read more

Edward COLLINS #2424

Edward Collins

Indigenous Australian, Edward COLLINS, 11th Light Horse Regiment. Edward Collins was born at Tomoo Station south of Mitchell, Queensland in 1895, to Harry Collins and Dinah Smith, his mother a half-caste Aboriginal woman, later resided at Hoganthella Station. Edward was employed as a stockman when he and his older brother Fred volunteered to serve with … Read more